Braves pick up pieces after falling short in World Series title defense

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charlie Morton took a shot off his pitching elbow that used to be eerily paying homage to the comebacker that broke the Atlanta postseason ace’s appropriate leg in closing 12 months’s World Series.

Much like closing October, Morton attempted to push forward in his Game 4 get started for Atlanta. Unlike closing October when he threw 16 pitches on a busted leg — and earned a World Series ring for his effort — Morton is headed house with a dinged-up appropriate elbow and a protracted offseason forward.

Atlanta received’t repeat as champs this 12 months.

Morton allowed a three-run homer to Brandon Marsh and the Philadelphia Phillies eradicated the Braves 8-3 in Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Saturday. Atlanta’s loss supposed Major League Baseball hasn’t had a repeat champ for the reason that New York Yankees received 3 immediately from 1998-2000.

Philadelphia completed 3rd in the NL East at 87-75, a complete 14 video games in the back of the 101-win Braves this season.

But in this sequence, the ones numbers had been about as empty because the beer bottles strewn over the Phillies clubhouse in their rowdy birthday party for achieving the NLCS for the primary time since 2010.

“The goal was to get into the postseason. We did and it didn’t happen,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated. “So you know what, we’ll take a couple months off and everybody meet up in North Port in March and get on and try and do it again.”

Morton used to be hit on his pitching elbow via Alec Bohm’s unmarried touring 71.9 mph to steer off the second one inning. After being checked, Morton allowed a unmarried to Jean Segura and hung a 2-2 curveball that Marsh introduced deep into the right-field seats for a 3-0 lead.

Morton, a postseason removal standout, sought after to stay pitching.

“He got me in a good spot,” Morton stated. “I don’t think he hit it particularly hard. I knew I was going to have to try and stay loose and keep an eye on it. I didn’t think that I couldn’t throw. It just stinks.”

The Braves had been 10 1/2 video games in the back of the Mets initially of June and misplaced 4 of 5 to New York in early August. But they had been in acquainted territory. Atlanta used to be 30-35 at one level closing season prior to profitable the World Series.

This 12 months, their first since celebrity Freddie Freeman left to signal with the Dodgers, they stormed again to overhaul the Mets and win their 5th immediately NL East title.

The franchise that put in combination an unheard of streak of 14 immediately department titles in the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s attempted for another memorable run a season after profitable their first World Series since 1995.

“Losing stinks, especially when you get a chance to finally taste the win,” Morton stated.

Atlanta seemed simply misplaced every now and then in Game 4.

The maximum puzzling play got here in the 3rd inning when Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto hit a deep force towards the angled portion of the wall past the succeed in of middle fielder Michael Harris II, and the carom rolled alongside the caution monitor towards right-center. Ronald Acuña Jr. stood in appropriate discipline observing the play, and didn’t get started operating towards the ball till Realmuto used to be way past first base.

The psychological miscue helped result in Realmuto turning into the primary catcher in postseason historical past to hit an inside-the-park homer.

Atlanta seemed headed for a wild card, at easiest, till it changed into probably the most easiest groups in baseball and ended the season on a 78-34 run. Most memorably, they swept a three-game sequence from New York at the ultimate weekend of the common season, claiming every other department title on a tiebreaker — and a first-round bye — when each groups completed 101-61.

The Braves have locked up lots of the core that are supposed to stay them contenders for years. Rookie right-hander Spencer Strider, 3rd baseman Austin Riley and Harris all signed long-term offers this season. Acuna is tied to the Braves till 2027, whilst 2d baseman Ozzie Albies is underneath a cut-rate contract that binds him to Atlanta for 3 extra seasons.

They simply don’t know in the event that they’ll signal shortstop Dansby Swanson.

“The longer I’ve been here, the longer I’ve seen and noticed how big of an impact he has on every single person in this clubhouse,” Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud stated. “I hope he’s back.”

None of it truly mattered in the Braves clubhouse on this present day, after they flopped in Philly.


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