Game 17 of the ’88 season was played in Atlanta, against the Mets, just like Saturday night. Braves batters managed 10 hits but left 8 runners on base, just like Saturday. As for the bullpens, think of Ryan Weber as the white Gary Eave.
The 2016 Braves have won but one game at home, just like Chuck Tanner’s boys. This year’s team does have one more win after 17 games but trails the division leader by a half-game more.
If tomorrow proceeds like Game 18 in ’88 we should expect a tough loss for Aaron Blair. Twenty-eight years ago, the Braves wasted seven shutout innings by Zane Smith, blowing a 2-0 lead in the 9th.
Keith Hernandez hit a 2-run homer, giving him 9 RBI for the series, off Paul Assenmacher to tie it. Then, with two outs and a runner on third, Charlie Puleo was brought in to walk Howard Johnson intentionally. He proceeded to walk Dave Magadan and Lenny Dykstra unintentionally, scoring the winning run.
Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell might remember that night. He pitched a scoreless ninth to record his first save of the year.