ATLANTA – It wasn’t Ronald Acuna Jr., Matt Olson or another Atlanta Braves big hitter who made history, but it was history nonetheless when left fielder Kevin Pillar hit a 3-1 pitch from Justin Steele, the starter Chicago Cubs, hammered into left field stands for the team’s 300th home run of the season in the sixth inning on Tuesday night.
The Braves are the first National League team to reach that mark and only the third team overall to do so, behind the 2019 Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees, who hit 307 and 306 home runs, respectively.
Atlanta did it with a balanced attack led by Olson, who hit 53 long balls. In the seventh inning on Tuesday, Acuna hit a two-run home run, raising the team’s total to 301 and his own total to 41.
Four other players have at least 30 home runs, and two others have at least 20.
Pillar’s success was his ninth goal of the season. Another one from him in the final week of the season would give the Braves 11 players with at least 10 home runs this season.
The Braves have five games left after Tuesday to match or break the Twins’ record.