Braves pitcher Huascar Ynoa hit a grand slam to give himself some much-needed run support Tuesday night.
The Atlanta Braves entered Tuesday with a 12-16 record in what is obviously a frustrating start to the season. Huascar Ynoa was given the start Tuesday night against a Washington Nationals lineup that is still not whole.
The Braves held a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning when Ynoa decided to take matters into his own hands. Who said pitchers should not hit anymore?
Huascar Ynoa blasts a grand slam to give the Braves a commanding lead
Ynoa flashed his power with a grand slam to the deepest part of the park. The lead was increased to 6-0 as the pitcher decided to fight back against the idea of a universal DH.
Braves fans know this is not the pitcher’s first home run of the season. He had a solo shot in his last game as well in what ended as a 10-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Ynoa has been a bright spot in the Braves rotation so far in 2021. He entered with an ERA of 2.96 and had a combined four hits in his last two outings.
A pitcher hitting a home run is always exciting. But a grand slam? That is something an opposing pitcher dreads giving up.
The National League East is a bit of a mess and the 12-12 Nationals entered the day in first place. In fact, they were the only team with at least a .500 record. Braves fans will take pitcher home runs if it means climbing back up the standings after a tough start.