Ozzie Albies doubled and Austin Riley sprinted around the bases to narrowly beat the throw at home plate as the Braves walked off the Pirates by a score of 8-7 in 11 innings on Wednesday night.
It was, to put it lightly, weird game from the very start. There were a total of 28 hits, with 20 of those coming in the first six innings. A total of 12 pitchers were used
Things got wild in the ninth inning after a lengthy rain delay. Luke Jackson entered, and after recording an out, he served up a hanging slider to Josh Bell that was crushed over the center field wall to make it 7-6 Pirates.
Austin Riley continued his incredible heroics in the bottom of the ninth
The Braves jumped out to an early 3-7.
The Braves jumped out to an early 3-7. 0 lead in the first inning capped by a two-run Austin Riley triple that bounced off the top of the padding along the right field wall. The Pirates would answer with two runs in the top of the second, but a Freddie Freeman RBI single would extend Atlanta's lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the frame.
Mike Soroka came to the plate with two on and two out in the third and snuck a single up the middle, making it 6-2.
One would presume a four-run lead with Soroka on the moon would be enough given his dominance this year, but the Pirates continued to chip away and would eventually tie things up to 6-6 in the middle innings.
Soroka battled through his worst start of the season to date, surrendering Five runs across five innings on 1
The Braves are 39-29.
The Braves and Pirates will conclude their four-game series on Thursday afternoon with Julio Tehran (4-4, 3.03 ERA) facing off with Joe Musgrove (4-6, 4.40), who was oddly ejected on Monday night after the clearing incident with Josh Donaldson.