July 26, 2021

Braves Flashback/Recap: May 27 – Talking Chop (Talking Chop)

A couple of days ago, we reexamined a 2003 game with not much scoring against the Mets. Yesterday, we went back to a year earlier, where the Braves beat up on Chris Reitsma and the Reds with some serious longballs. Today, we’re going back to 2003, as a mix of the two: some longballs, beating up on Chris Reitsma and the Reds, but a low-scoring affair in the end.

The gist: The Braves and Reds traded runs early as Shane Reynolds struggled. But, Reynolds’ own hit tied the game at two-all, where it would stay through nine innings. Chipper Jones’ homer on the second pitch of the bottom of the 10th, off Chris Reitsma, gave the Braves a walkoff win.

Box scores: Baseball-Reference, Fangraphs

The set-up: You already know about the 2003 Braves; we checked in on them just a couple of days prior. They had the majors’ best record at 34-17 coming into this game, and had just dropped the series opener to the Reds in an extra-inning affair where Roberto Hernandez gave up a grand slam to Adam Dunn, and the Braves stormed back with three, but unfortunately not four, runs to lose 7-6. The Braves, had, to this point, lost just one series in May (and just one since April 13), and it came…

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