Braves' 11-run 2nd only the beginning

September 10th, 2020

ATLANTA -- Ozzie Albies hit the last of the three home runs the Braves hit in an 11-run second inning en route to a National League-record 29-run outburst against the Marlins on Wednesday night at Truist Park. Atlanta won, 29-9.

Travis d’Arnaud, Adam Duvall and Albies all hit homers as the Braves became the first MLB team to tally at least 11 runs in an inning this year. The last team to have done so was, coincidentally, the Marlins, who produced an 11-run inning against the Brewers on June 4, 2019.

This marked the first time the Braves tallied at least 11 runs in an inning since they did so against the Mets on April 7, 2004. Julio Franco drove in three runs while tallying a pair of singles during that frame.

Dansby Swanson recorded a pair of singles during Wednesday night’s second-inning eruption. The first was followed by consecutive walks issued by Marlins starter Pablo López to Austin Riley and Duvall. An Albies groundout and Ender Inciarte's sacrifice fly accounted for the inning’s first two runs. Duvall was nearly caught at third base on a throw from Starling Marte on Inciarte's sac fly, but he was ruled safe and the call stood after a challenge by Miami.

After that, the Braves sent nine more batters to the plate before the inning ended. Consecutive RBI singles by Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna set the stage for d’Arnaud, who chased López with a three-run home run.

López, who was charged with seven runs in 1 2/3 innings, was replaced by Jordan Yamamoto, who allowed Swanson and Riley to single ahead of Duvall's two-run homer. Albies, who played for the first time since Aug. 4, then capped the big inning with a solo homer. The second baseman missed the past month with a right wrist bone bruise.