Atlanta Braves clinch back-to-back divison titles, win final home regular season series
Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2019
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves (96-61) have now won the NL East Division title two years in a row.
On Friday night, the team celebrated with a clubhouse-wide champagne shower and few players went out to take a dive in the centerfield pool that sits in SunTrust Park. The team celebrated deep into the hours of the night. A few hours later, it was time for the players to return to work for the second game of the final home series of the regular season against the San Francisco Giants.
After a light pre-game warm-up, the newly-crowned division champs hit the field and defeated the Giants again in an 8-1 victory to win another series, a common theme for the franchise dating back to May.
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“No [there wasn’t much surprise from Saturday’s performance],” Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We won a game off of [Philadelphia Phillies right-hander] Aaron Nola last year after we clinched the division and I wasn’t surprised at all. We gave a couple of guys an opportunity and they were ready to go.”
The Braves dropped Sunday’s series finale in a game that had Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman leave with a sore right elbow. The Braves are keeping Freeman out of the lineup for the team’s next series at Kansas City. Snitker said that Freeman would still be starting if the Royals’ series was the start of the playoffs.
The ball club’s 96 wins are the most for the team since 2013. The last time the Braves have won more than 96 games in a season was 2003 when the franchise won 101 regular-season games for the second year in a row. Entering Tuesday, Atlanta has five games remaining in the regular season.