The Braves might have missed out on home field advantage for a potential league championship series but they came up with a fitting way to close out the regular season at Turner Field: A hit fest.
The Braves piled up 17 hits including the 21st home run of Evan Gattis’ rookie season to defeat the Phillies 12-5 on Sunday. Elliot Johnson drove in a career-high five runs on two hits Gerald Laird matched his career-high with four hits and four runs scored while making his second start behind the plate while Brian McCann (groin injury) sat out his third straight game.
The 17 hits matched the Braves’ second highest total of the season second only to the 18 they recorded against the Phillies on July 6 at Citizens Bank Park.
“Nice to get some good momentum going into the postseason” Laird said who raised his average 25 points to .281 in the season’s final game. “It was a good offensive day. Our offense has been kind of struggling here the last couple of weeks. It’s nice to come out and ge...