Stat of the Day: Ozzie's magical '21 an ATL 1st

5:35 AM UTC is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Braves this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

Sept. 22: Braves 9, D-backs 2 -- ATL keystone history made
During the win over the D-backs, Ozzie Albies became the first Braves second baseman to hit 30 homers and tally 100 RBIs in the same season. Davey Johnson fell one RBI short of the century mark when he hit 43 homers for Atlanta in 1973.

Sept. 21: Braves 6, D-backs 1 -- Riley hits 30th homer
Austin Riley secured his first 30-homer season with a two-run homer in the first inning. Riley is the 10th Braves player to ever hit 30-plus homers at 24 years old or younger. The others who have accomplished this include Wally Berger (1930), Eddie Mathews (1953-56), Hank Aaron (1957-58), Earl Williams (1971), Bob Horner (1979-80 and 1982), Dale Murphy (1980), Chipper Jones (1996), Andruw Jones (1998 and 2000-01) and Ronald Acuña Jr. (2019).

Sept. 20: Braves 11, D-backs 4 -- Braves love the XBH
The Braves tallied nine extra-base hits on Monday, marking the third time this season that Atlanta has reached this total. The Blue Jays, Astros, Cubs and Red Sox were the only teams that entered Monday having tallied at least nine extra-base hits four times this year. Atlanta totaled nine extra-base hits in an April 28 win over the Cubs and then produced 14 such hits in a May 21 win over the Pirates.

Sept. 19: Braves 3, Giants 0 -- 4 at-bats, 5 pitches, 1 cycle
Eddie Rosario saw only five pitches while hitting for the cycle, the fewest number of pitches needed for a player to achieve the feat since at least 1990, per the Baseball-Reference database. The previous low over that span came when the Rockies' Neifi Perez saw eight pitches while hitting for the cycle on July 25, 1998.

Sept. 18: Giants 2, Braves 0 -- No spark up top
Atlanta's tablesetters are struggling in San Francisco. Leadoff man Ozzie Albies and No. 2 hitter Jorge Soler are a combined 1-for-16 with six strikeouts through the first two games of the series.

Sept. 17: Giants 6, Braves 5 (11 innings) -- Woes in extras
The Braves are 7-for-49 (.142) in extras this season, which is the worst extra-innings percentage in MLB. On Friday, they did not have a single batter reach in the 10th and 11th, nor did they advance the automatic runner on second base.

Sept. 15: Rockies 3, Braves 2 (10) -- Streaks stay alive
Jorge Soler and Adam Duvall extended their respective hitting streaks to 12 games, both standing as the longest current streaks in MLB. Soler has hit .296 with two homers and a .833 OPS during his streak, while Duvall has hit .283 with six homers and a 1.087 OPS during his streak.

Sept. 14: Rockies 5, Braves 4 -- Duvall's homers
Adam Duvall's two-run homer marked his 35th of the season and his 13th since being acquired by the Braves from the Marlins at the July 30 Trade Deadline. The only other National League players to hit at least 13 homers since that date are Bryce Harper (16), Brandon Belt (13) and C.J. Cron (13).

Sept. 12: Braves 5, Marlins 3 -- Freeman's third 30-homer season
With his solo homer in the eighth inning of a 5-3 win over the Marlins on Sunday, Freddie Freeman became the ninth player in Braves history to produce three 30-homer seasons. The others to do so are Hank Aaron (15), Eddie Mathews (10), Andruw Jones (7), Chipper Jones (6), Dale Murphy (6), Ron Gant (3), Bob Horner (3) and Wally Berger (3).

Sept. 11: Marlins 6, Braves 4 -- Morton makes 'em K
Charlie Morton used his great curveball to conclude five of the seven strikeouts he notched against the Marlins. Morton has recorded an MLB-best 115 strikeouts with his curveball this season. Toronto's José Berríos entered Saturday ranked second with 87 strikeouts via his curveball.

Sept. 10: Braves 6, Marlins 2 -- Anderson ties career high
While limiting the Marlins to two runs over five innings, Ian Anderson matched a career-high nine strikeouts. This marks the third time he has reached this total through his first 27 career starts. The only Braves pitcher to record nine or more strikeouts at least three times through his first 27 starts was Brandon Beachy, who did so six times. John Smoltz, Huascar Ynoa, Julio Teheran, Tommy Hanson, Mike Minor and Anderson are the franchise's only other pitchers to reach this mark at least three times within this span.

Sept. 9: Braves 7, Nationals 6 (10) -- Duvall's extra-base streak
Adam Duvall's go-ahead homer in the eighth inning gave him an extra-base hit in seven straight games. He is one game away from matching Freddie Freeman (July 8-20, 2012) and Ronald Acuña Jr. (Aug. 8-14, 2018) for the longest such streak by any Braves player since 2010.

Sept. 8: Nationals 4, Braves 2 -- Rosario's low homer
During the sixth inning, Eddie Rosario homered against a pitch that was 0.83 feet off the ground. That is the lowest pitch anyone has hit for a home run this year and the third-lowest hit by anyone for a homer under Statcast tracking since 2015.

Sept. 7: Braves 8, Nationals 5 -- Fried dialed in
Max Fried allowed one run over six innings. Fried has posted a 1.97 ERA in 10 starts since the All-Star break. The only qualified National League starters with a lower ERA within this span are Max Scherzer (1.61), Logan Webb (1.64) and Adam Wainwright (1.92).

Sept. 5: Braves 9, Rockies 2 -- Morton's brilliance
With his brilliant seven-inning performance, Charlie Morton became just the second visiting pitcher in the last six seasons to throw at least seven frames while giving up two or fewer hits at Coors Field -- the other is Lance Lynn, who did it for the Rangers on Aug. 14, 2020.

Sept. 4: Rockies 7, Braves 6 -- Albies, Swanson make history
Not only did Ozzie Albies' 25th homer of the season make the Braves the second team in MLB history to have all four starting infielders hit 25 or more homers (also the 2008 Marlins), but it made him and Dansby Swanson (26 homers) only the fifth pair of middle infielders on the same team to do so in the same season. Prior to Albies and Swanson, Red Sox middle infielders Bobby Doerr and Vern Stephens accomplished the feat (1948 and '50), as did the the Phillies' Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins (2006), the Marlins' Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla (2007-08) and the Yankees' DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres (2019).

Sept. 3: Rockies 4, Braves 3 -- Another close one
The Braves' loss in the second of this four-game set was their 47th game decided by one run this season. That ranks second in MLB behind only the Mets, who have played 52 one-run games.

Sept. 2: Braves 6, Rockies 5 -- Stepping up in Denver
With Jacob Webb, Jesse Chavez, Richard Rodríguez, Luke Jackson and Will Smith combining for six scoreless innings in the win over the Rockies, the Braves' relief corps became only the third visiting bullpen in the last five seasons to turn in six or more scoreless frames at Coors Field. The others belonged to the Padres, who threw seven scoreless at Coors on May 11 of this season, and the Mets, who threw six scoreless on Aug. 2, 2017.

Sept. 1: Dodgers 4, Braves 3 -- Players with at least one homer
With his game-tying two-run homer in the loss to the Dodgers, Eddie Rosario became the 20th different player to homer for the Braves this year. This marks the fifth time in franchise history a Braves team has had at least 20 different players homer. If Rosario hits another, this year's team will join the 1957 club as the only ones to have at least 19 different players hit at least two homers.