PHILADELPHIA – Kyle Wright became the first 20-game major tournament winner this season, and on Saturday the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 to snap a three-game losing streak.
William Contreras and newbie Michael Harris II each homer and had three hits for the Braves (94–58), who moved within 1 1/2 games of the Mets, who ranked first in the NL East. New York lost 10-4 in Oakland.
The Mets and Braves will play three games in Atlanta next weekend.
Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning for Philadelphia (83–68), who started the day half a game ahead of San Diego for the second NL wild card and 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for last place.
Wright, 26, threw in 5 1/3 innings and became the first Braves pitcher to win 20 games since Russ Ortiz won 21 games in 2003. also joined Denny Neagle and four Hall of Famers: John Smolz, Greg Maddux, Phil Nycro and Tom Glavin.
Wright (20-5) made a big serve but didn’t miss a shot until Rhys Hoskins doubled with one out in the sixth. Harper followed with his 18th homer, ending the lockout and pursuing Wright.
Philadelphia scored an unearned streak in the seventh and potentially tied with two strikeouts when AJ Minter knocked Hoskins out of a fastball 3-2. Kenley Jansen earned his 37th save with a clean ninth inning.
Atlanta kicked off early, taking advantage of Bailey Falter’s inability to keep the ball in the center of the plate. The Braves received six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings against Falter (5–4), giving the lefty his first loss since July 24.
Withstand: Rookie RHP Spencer Strider (left oblique strain) was placed on the injured list for 15 days, retroactive to September 21, and will miss the remainder of the regular season. His playoff status is unclear. … FROM Ronald Acuna, Jr. (rear) was out of the game for the third day in a row. He is everyday.
Phyllis: OF Nick Castellanos (right oblique) will not go to minor league rehab and will likely be activated outside of IL next week when the Phillies embark on a nine-game trip to Chicago. Castellanos was added to the injured list on 4 September.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Atlanta Braves will “forever be known as the upset kings of October” for their incredible victory in the 2021 World Series as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration.
Biden called the Braves race “unstoppable and joyful.” The team visited the White House just over a week before the end of the 2022 regular season and the resumption of the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Braves are 1.5 games behind the New York Mets in the National League Eastern but have secured a spot in the MLB playoffs starting October 7th. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk expressed his hope that they would return to the White House again soon. .
In August 2021, the Braves were in disarray, playing at barely .500. But then they started winning. And they continued like that, winning the World Series in six games over the Houston Astros.
Biden called their performance “the greatest turn in history.”
“This team has literally been a part of American history for over 150 years,” Biden said. “But none of it came easy… people considered you. Hell, I know a thing or two about being left out.
The players lined up on stands behind Biden, grinning and waving to the crowd, but the player most talked about was a player who hadn’t been on the team for nearly 50 years and who died last year: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.
Hammerin Hank was the home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth with a lefthand blow on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players in Atlanta and baseball history, a keen chronicler of hardships. was thrown along the way, from the poverty and segregation of his Alabama youth to the racist threats he faced while chasing one of America’s most sacred records. He died in January at the age of 86.
“This team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.
McGuirk said that Aaron, who held positions at the team’s headquarters and was one of the few black leaders in Major League Baseball, was watching them.
“If he were here, he would be with us every step of the way,” McGuirk added.
The president often honors major league champions and some college athletic champions with a ceremony at the White House, usually a non-partisan one, in which the commander-in-chief pays homage to the prowess of the champions, poses for photographs, and leaves with the team jersey.
These visits were highly valued by the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric regarding police, immigration, and more. Trump, for his part, did not like criticism from athletes or their expression of political views on the field.
Under Biden, the tradition seems to have returned. He hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House. On Monday, he joked about First Lady Jill Biden’s affections for Philadelphia.
“Like every Philadelphia fan, she is convinced that she knows more about everything in sports than anyone else,” he said. He added that he couldn’t be too kind to the Atlanta team because they had beaten the Phillies in extra innings the night before.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was later asked about the team’s name, especially as other professional sports teams dropped names – like the Cleveland Indians, now the Guardians and Washington Redskins, now the Commanders – after years of complaints from Native. American groups over images and symbols.
She said it was important for the country to have a conversation. “And the voices of Native Americans and First Nations—they should be at the center of this conversation,” she said.
Biden backed MLB’s decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s sweeping new voting law, which critics say is too restrictive.