World Series champs Braves fail to repeat, lose to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charlie Morton took a shot off his pitching elbow that used to be eerily harking back to the comebacker that broke the Atlanta postseason ace’s appropriate leg in final yr’s World Series.

Much like final October, Morton attempted to push forward in his Game 4 get started for Atlanta. Unlike final 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 an extended offseason forward.

Atlanta gained’t repeat as champs this yr.

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 intended Major League Baseball hasn’t had a repeat champ because the New York Yankees gained 3 immediately from 1998-2000.

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

But on this collection, the ones numbers have been about as empty because the beer bottles strewn over the Phillies clubhouse of their rowdy party for attaining 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 mentioned. “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 lead 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 removing standout, sought after to stay pitching.

“He got me in a good spot,” Morton mentioned. “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 have 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 have been in acquainted territory. Atlanta used to be 30-35 at one level final season earlier than successful the World Series.

This yr, their first since big name Freddie Freeman left to signal with the Dodgers, they stormed again to overtake the Mets and win their 5th immediately NL East name.

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

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

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

The maximum puzzling play got here within the 3rd inning when Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto hit a deep power 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 lead to Realmuto turning into the primary catcher in postseason historical past to hit an inside-the-park homer.

Atlanta gave the impression headed for a wild card, at easiest, till it became some of the easiest groups in baseball and ended the season on a 78-34 run. Most memorably, they swept a three-game collection from New York at the ultimate weekend of the common season, claiming some other department name on a tiebreaker — and a first-round bye — when each groups completed 101-61.

The Braves have locked up many of the core that are meant 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 mentioned. “I hope he’s back.”

None of it actually mattered within the Braves clubhouse on at the present time, when they flopped in Philly.


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