The Atlanta Braves continued their quest for the National League’s best record and home advantage for the playoffs, winning 7-1 over the Philadlephia Phillies Thursday night in Atlanta. The game marked the beginning of a four game series that will end the regular season. Jason Heyward had a career high five hits, including a first inning homer that keyed a five run inning. Rookie David Hale got his first Major League win, pitching six innings and allowing just one run and striking out five. Evan Gattis had two hits and three RBI’s. At 94-65, the Braves share the top National League record with St. Louis. The Cardinals finish their regular season hosting the Cubs in a three game series that starts Friday night. The Braves will finish their regular season with three more games with the Philles. Friday night’s game will have a 7:35PM first pitch, and Newsradio 1490 will join coverage following High School Football. Saturday and Sunday’s game will also have broadcast coverage on Newsradio 1490.
In the rest of the playoff races, the NL wildcard race has both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati having clinched their wildcard spots, but the order could change with the Pirates and Reds finishing their regular season against each other in a three game series that starts Friday at Cincy. The Pirates currently hold a ond game advantage over the Reds. In the Ameican League, Tampa Bay, now with a seven game win streak has a one game lead over Cleveland for the top wildcard spot, while the Indians have a one game lead over Texas for the final wildcard spot. The Playoffs will start with Wildcard single game playoffs next week at a time to be determined, and then the Wildcard survivors will take on the Division Champions in the Subsequent playoff games.