Atlanta Braves repeat history against Marlins
It seems that May 20th and Atlanta Braves comebacks go together like peanut butter and jelly. We have already mentioned Brooks Conrad’s walk-off slam that happened on May 20th, 2010. Eight years to the date, the Braves put together another incredible comeback.
The inning started off on a sour note as Dansby Swanson struck out. Fortunately for him, his teammates would pick him up and provide him an opportunity to play the hero.
Atlanta entered the bottom of the 9th inning down by five runs but able to string together impressive at-bats and take advantage of Miami's mistakes. Miami had the chance to win the game on a grounder off the bat of Freddie Freeman but Brad Ziegler whiffed and didn't catch the ball while running toward first base. This gave Atlanta momentum and they were not to be denied.
A lot of the damage in the final inning came with two outs, including the dagger, this Dansby Swanson rope:
Michael Harris II calls game
The most recent moment that Braves fans think of is this incredible catch from Michael Harris II during game 2 of the 2023 NLDS.
Atlanta had fought their way back into the game after being down 4 runs and took the lead on a clutch home run from Austin Riley. All the bullpen had to do was not allow a run and the series would be tied. The Phillies didn't go quietly as Bryce Harper reached base and Nick Castellanos obliterated a ball to center.
It looked destined for the Atlanta bullpen and absolute heartbreak for the Braves. Harris never conceded and followed the ball all the way to the fence, leaping and making an insane catch. Without hesitation, he launched the ball back toward the infield in hopes of doubling off the runner.
He missed his intended cut-off man as the ball sailed by Ozzie Albies but luckily Austin Riley was in the right place at the right time. He picked up the ball and threw a dart to first, doubling up Harper and sending Matt Olson and the rest of Truist Park into a frenzy.
Despite the Braves losing that series, Harris' catch will be a moment fans constantly think of for many years to come. 2024 is bound to provide fans with even more exciting moments as Atlanta features one of baseball's best rosters.