Atlanta Braves sweep doubleheader thanks to the bullpen coming up huge

Apr 25, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Collin McHugh (32) throws against
Apr 25, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Collin McHugh (32) throws against / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves put together a team effort in the second game of their doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers. Ronald Acuna Jr. hit another monster home run and most of the lineup contributed to lift up Dylan Dodd who had a rough start as the Braves swept the twin bill by the score of 6-5.

The Braves would strike first in the the second half of the doubleheader. Ronald Acuna Jr. would lead the game off with a walk and after a Matt Olson single moved him over to third, Austin Riley would bring him home with a sac fly and it was 1-0 Braves. They would add another run in the second on Ozzie Albies' 15th homer of the season that came with two outs.

Dylan Dodd mostly cruised through the first few innings and in the top of the third, Ronald Acuna Jr. came to the plate again and crushed a pitched to dead center for his 15th homer of the season to make it 3-0 Braves. Seriously, the ball of was destroyed. 114.5 mph off the bat and 461 feet. 40/40 is looking more and more like a possibility with each passing day.

The Tigers would get to Dodd in the third inning when Andy Ibanez, who has terrorized the Braves in this series, connected for a solo homer to make it a 3-1 game. Fortunately, he handled the rest of the inning without incident.

The Braves' offense would get back to work in the fourth. WIth one out, Eddie Rosario would reach on a bunt, Ozzie Albies continued his strong afternoon with a double to put runners on second and third, and then Orlando Arcia would bring them both home with a two-run single and the Braves found themselves with a 5-1 lead.

The Tigers would immediately get one of those runs back in the fourth with a solo homer from Matt Vierling to make it a 5-2 game. A series of unfortunate events would unfold after that with the Tigers going single, walk, three run homer from Jake Rogers and just like that, we had a tie game.

After the two teams traded zeroes in the fifth, Eddie Rosario would untie the game with a solo homer, his ninth of the season, in the sixth inning. Collin McHugh certainly did his job after that as he held things down in the fifth, sixth, AND seventh innings after Dodd was out of the game. Considering that the Braves really had to dip into the bullpen for the first half of the doubleheader, getting that much out of McHugh was fantastic.

The Braves and Tigers traded more zeroes after that with the Braves getting some really good work from Joe Jimenez as well. Snit would bring in AJ Minter in the bottom of the ninth with two out to face a lefty and Detroit would immediately pinch hit with righty Eric Haase. Four pitches later, Minter struck out Haase and the Braves got another series win.