The National League East division pennant will stay in Atlanta. The Braves beat their rival Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Thursday night to claim their fourth straight NL East title.
The Braves have now won 21 division titles, which is the most in MLB history. Atlanta will face the NL Central champions Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series.
Thursday’s home sweep of the Phillies is poetic considering how the Braves began the season getting swept in Philadelphia.
Late season acquisition Jorge Soler led off the game with a gigantic, 465-foot home run and Ian Anderson threw six innings of three hit baseball as the Braves jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. It was the teams sixth straight win.
Atlanta struggled early in the season after the loss of star Ronald Acuña Jr. and never getting ace pitcher Mike Soroka back due to his second Achilles injury. The Braves entered August not having a record over .500.
Just two weeks later, they claimed the division lead on August 15 while reeling off a nine game winning streak to start the month.
Now the Braves will look to get some of their regulars a little time off as they close out the season against the Mets at home before taking on the Brewers. The final game of the regular season will be Sunday at Truist Park.
Atlanta will have a few days to prepare. The NLDS begins on Friday Oct. 8 with Games 1 and 2 in Milwaukee. Atlanta will host Games 3 and 4 on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12.
The Braves went 1-2 against the Brewers during a July series at Truist Park.
Atlanta and Milwaukee meeting in the first round of the NLDS will certainly be played in memory of Hank Aaron, who passed away earlier this year.
Of course, the Braves played in Milwaukee before the team moved to Atlanta in 1966. Hammerin’ Hank won a World Series title with the Milwaukee Braves in 1955.
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Tickets for Game 3 and 4 went on sale to A-List members Thursday. The general public can purchase their tickets starting at 10 a.m. Friday.
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