The Braves finally fell to Earth in Pittsburgh, dropping 3 of 4 games in the series to the Bucs. With their 10-game win streak over, the Braves looked to get things rolling again against the Pirates, but the Pirates had other plans. Phenomenal Pittsburgh pitching, both from their starters and a solid bullpen, stifled the powerful Atlanta bats. The Braves were more than ready to get out of Pittsburgh after losing the 4-game series.
The Braves began the series in Pittsburgh with a somewhat uncertain bullpen. Avila remained day-to-day with a hamstring strain. Walden hadn’t made an appearance in what seemed like weeks. And there was some question of who might be called up if Avila did need to make a trip to the disabled list. In game 1, none of that appeared important as Varvaro and Kimbrel truly carried the team to the win.
Game 1 saw something that has never happened in Braves history: Justin Upton became the first player with 9 home runs in his team’s first 15 games of the se...