3 takeaways from Braves' enthralling series win over the defending world champs

The Braves were close to another sweep of the defending world champs during one of the most exciting series of the season.
Texas Rangers v Atlanta Braves
Texas Rangers v Atlanta Braves / Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves/GettyImages
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Another series, another two wins for the National League-leading Braves. As always, the Bravos returned home to the Atlanta faithful at Truist Park, providing an exciting show against the reigning World Series champions.

There was a lot to like during this series including some unforgettable moments that will be talked about for the rest of the year.

Exciting moments from the Braves series win over the Rangers

Travis d'Arnaud lights up the A in two starts

This is my formal apology to Travis d'Arnaud.

The first article I ever wrote for this site was "5 Braves players that could take a step back in 2024." d'Arnaud was the cover photo on that story and in it, I explained that after a huge regression from his All-Star 2022 season in 2023, d'Arnaud was probably due for another average season in 2024.

It's obviously still early but, if his series against the Rangers is any indication, I'm in for a very bad take.

In the first two games of the series, he had five at-bats, homering in four of them. That included a three-home run night that saw him drive in six of the eight runs for the Braves in game one. And another long shot in game two after being walked twice and hit once in his other plate appearances. Aside from his pinch-hit flyout with one out in the ninth inning of the Bravos' 6-4 loss in the season finale last night, d'Arnaud's series couldn't have gone much better.

All three of his home runs in game one were big momentum builders and were no-doubters, well over 100 miles per hour off the bat and the shortest one going just a measly 429 feet. None was bigger than his grand slam, the hardest hit of the three, a line shot deposited into the left-center field stands in the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie.

The fourth home run was an eighth-inning bomb that just got out of left field in game two, extending Atlanta's lead to 5-2.

And believe it or not, those were his first four home runs of his season, as leading up to this game, my preseason prediction had been relatively correct. But in one series, he completely flipped the script.

In 14 games, he was hitting just .200 with four RBI and a very poor .561 OPS. He now has a .255 average with 12 RBI and a very good .922 OPS.

Only time will tell if he can keep his hot streak going into the next series with Miami, but for now, d'Arnaud has squashed any doubts about his ability to replace the production of the injured Sean Murphy, who is slowly beginning to work his way back to action.