Braves Stat of the Day, July 2021
MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Braves this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.
July 31: Braves 8, Brewers 1 -- A wild up-and-down streak
With a win over Milwaukee, the Braves set a franchise record and tied an AL/NL record by alternating wins and losses for 15 consecutive games. The only other teams to do this were the 2010 Rockies, the 1981 Dodgers and the 1974 Phillies. The previous franchise record was 14 straight games, set by the 1895 Boston Beaneaters.
July 30: Brewers 9, Braves 5 -- Riley keeps slugging
Austin Riley's three-run homer in the first inning against the Brewers gave him a homer in four straight games. The franchise record is five straight games, a streak achieved by nine different players. The most recent to do so was Ronald Acuña Jr. from Aug. 11-14, 2018, a span that included a doubleheader.
July 29: Braves 6, Mets 3 -- 3 players, 20 homers, 1 team
Austin Riley hit his sixth homer in his past seven games on Thursday. With Ronald Acuña Jr. (24), Freddie Freeman (23) and Riley (21), the Braves are the only team in the Majors that has three players who have hit at least 20 homers this year.
July 28: Mets 2, Braves 1 -- Riley stays scorching
Austin Riley remained hot when he drilled a solo home run. Riley has hit five of his 20 home runs within the past six games. Riley is the only Braves player who has hit at least five homers within any six-game span this year, having accomplished that feat in May as well.
July 27: Braves 12, Mets 5 -- Braves belt 9th slam of 2021
Austin Riley's grand slam in a win over the Mets on Tuesday was the ninth hit by the Braves this season, tying the Dodgers for the most in the Majors. The MLB record for grand slams in a season is 14, shared by the 2000 A's and the 2006 Indians. The 1997 Braves share the National League record, which is 12.
July 26: Braves 2, Mets 0 (Game 1); Mets 1, Braves 0 (Game 2) -- Runs at a premium
The Braves scored two runs in the first game of Monday's doubleheader and then one run in the second game. They have now scored two runs or fewer in 29 games this season. To put that in perspective, that is one less than the total of such games experienced by Atlanta over the entirety of the 2019 season.
July 25: Phillies 2, Braves 1 -- Career day for Touissaint
Touki Toussaint was brilliant for the second time in as many outings, setting a career high with 10 strikeouts -- and he didn't walk a single batter. He was the first Braves pitcher to have at least 10 strikeouts without issuing a walk since Mike Foltynewicz on Aug. 5, 2017.
Toussaint was also incredibly efficient once again, needing only 90 pitches to navigate seven innings of one-run ball. In doing so, he became the first Braves pitcher since Greg Maddux to rack up double-digit strikeouts while pitching at least seven innings on 90 pitches or fewer. Maddux had 13 K's and threw only 81 pitches over seven scoreless innings in a victory over the Expos on Sept. 23, 2000.
July 24: Braves 15, Phillies 3 -- Joc sets table
Joc Pederson turned in his best game in his young tenure with the Braves, going 4-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs scored -- all out of the leadoff spot. He's the first Atlanta leadoff hitter to rack up at least four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored since Omar Infante on Aug. 22, 2010. That's right, not even Ronald Acuña Jr. has had a game quite like this one in his 310 starts hitting atop the order.
July 23: Phillies 5, Braves 1 -- Freeman in a groove
Freddie Freeman reached base three more times, improving his average to .435 over his last 25 games. That's his best mark over any 25-game stretch within a single season in his 12-year career. Even more amazing, perhaps, he has not had a single swing and miss over his last 33 plate appearances -- a stretch that includes 133 pitches and 44 swings.
July 22: Braves 7, Phillies 2 -- Swanson's slam
Dansby Swanson crushed a grand slam in the third inning, becoming the fourth Braves player to hit his first career slam this season. Guillermo Heredia did it on April 18 vs. the Cubs, Cristian Pache followed suit on May 1 vs. the Blue Jays and Huascar Ynoa did it on May 4 against the Nationals. All four players accomplished the feat away from home.
As a team, the Braves have an MLB-leading six grand slams on the road this season -- two more than any other club. Including another pair of slams at Truist Park, Atlanta's eight grand slams overall trail only the Dodgers (nine).
July 21: Padres 3, Braves 2 (Game 1); Game 2 suspended in 5th (Padres 5, Braves 4) -- Extra bases easy for Albies
Ozzie Albies increased his National League-high extra-base hit total to 48 with a double in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader. Albies is slightly off the pace he set in 2018, when he recorded 52 extra-base hits through Atlanta's first 94 games.
July 20: Braves 2, Padres 1 -- Freeman is on a tear
Freddie Freeman's sixth-inning homer proved to be the difference. Freeman has now homered five times in his past seven games. This matches the highest total during any seven-game stretch of his career. The most recent of the nine times he's homered five times within this span was Sept. 4-10, 2020.
July 18: Rays 7, Braves 5 -- Another lead blown after the sixth
The Braves, who held a 4-3 lead through six innings, are now 40-10 when leading after six. They were 27-0 in such games last year. Their 10 losses in those games match the D-backs for the most in the Majors.
July 17: Braves 9, Rays 0 -- Pederson's rare HR off lefty
Joc Pederson's two-run shot off Josh Fleming was his 142nd career home run, but just the 10th he has hit against a southpaw. His most recent homer against a lefty had been hit against the Rockies' Harrison Musgrave on Sept. 17, 2018.
July 16: Rays 7, Braves 6 (10) -- Six is not enough
The Braves fell to 20-7 when scoring six runs or more. The only clubs with more losses in such games entering Thursday were the Orioles and D-backs, who are both on pace to lose more than 110 games. The Braves went 53-8 when scoring at least six runs in 2019.
July 11: Marlins 7, Braves 4 -- Elusive winning record
With the loss in Miami, the Braves stand at 44-45 heading into the All-Star break. It's the first time since 2017, Brian Snitker's first season as manager, that the Braves enter the break with a losing record. As with that season, the Braves have not had a winning record at any point in 2021.
July 10: Braves 5, Marlins 4 -- Starters yet to go the distance
Max Fried went just five innings against the Marlins, though that was enough to earn him his first career win against the club. The Braves remain one of only two National League teams without a complete game this season. Pittsburgh is the only other team without a complete game.
July 9: Braves 5, Marlins 0 -- First-inning magic
Freddie Freeman hit his 18th homer of the season in the first inning on the first pitch he saw. The Braves have scored 65 first-inning runs this season, coming into the game tied with the Washington Nationals for most first-inning runs in the National League. The first inning is the Braves' most productive this season with the second best being 58 runs scored in the sixth inning.
July 7: Braves 14, Pirates 3 -- Acuña at 85-game mark
Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 24th homer to begin the third inning. Acuña is the first Braves player to reach this total through the team's first 85 games since Andruw Jones tallied 27 through this span in 2005. Hank Aaron owns the team mark with 29 homers through the first 85 games of his 1957 National League MVP season.
July 6: Pirates 2, Braves 1 -- Another quiet night
The Braves have now scored one or zero runs in 15 of their first 85 games. This matches their total from the 2019 season.
July 5: Pirates 11, Braves 1 -- Wrong end of 10-plus
The Braves surrendered double-digit runs for the 10th time this season. To put this in perspective, they surrendered a double-digit run total just 12 times over their 95-loss 2015 season. Atlanta surrendered 10 runs or more just eight times in both ‘18 and ‘19, seasons that account for two of its three consecutive National League East titles.
July 4: Braves 8, Marlins 7 (10 innings) -- Acuña raking vs. Marlins
During the third inning of the series-finale win, Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 23rd homer of the season and his 21st against the Marlins in his career. His home run totals against other division opponents are 16 vs. the Nationals, 12 vs. the Mets and 11 vs. the Phillies. Acuña has hit .319 with a 1.104 OPS in 54 career games against Miami.
July 3: Marlins 3, Braves 2 -- Albies' NL-leading RBI total
With his fifth-inning RBI single in the loss to the Marlins, Ozzie Albies increased his National League-best RBI total to 59. The only Braves second baseman to record more RBIs through the team's first 82 games was Rogers Hornsby with 65 in 1928.
July 2: Braves 1, Marlins 0 -- Smyly's career-best streak
In the Braves' series opener against the Marlins, Drew Smyly secured a victory in a hard-fought win. With this victory, Smyly has won a career-high four straight starts. He pitched an impressive 5 2/3 innings, allowing no runs, two walks and three hits. Over his last four starts, Smyly has a 1.21 ERA, and he has led Atlanta to victories in his last five starts.
July 1: Braves 4, Mets 3 -- Freeman's historic night
It was quite a game for Freddie Freeman. Before coming through in the ninth with a walk-off single, the star first baseman had struck out in his first four at-bats. He became the first Brave since at least 1973 to have both four K's and a walk-off hit in a game.