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On the night the Braves can clinch their first postseason berth since 2005, Brandon Beachy is their starting pitcher. How perfect is this?
Beachy was signed as an undrafted free agent. He started this year in Double A Mississippi. He pitched in only eight games at Triple A Gwinnett before being recalled as a game-night emergency when Jair Jurrjens couldn’t make his start because of a knee injury. His first major league start: at Philadelphia.
The Braves open a three-game series against the Phillies tonight at Turner Field. By now, you know the ramifications. The Braves aren’t fighting for the National League East title, as they were going into that series at Philly, but they can clinch the N.L. wild card spot tonight/this morning.
The magic number for eliminating San Diego is two. The Padres play at San Francisco, beginning at 10:15 p.m. EDT. How late will are you