A recent slew of injuries created an opportunity for Guillermo Heredia, who hit the first grand slam of his career and helped the Braves tally four first-inning home runs in a 13-4 win over the Cubs on Sunday night at Wrigley Field.
Freddie Freeman, Travis d’Arnaud, Ehire Adrianza and Heredia all homered off Kyle Hendricks during Atlanta’s’ six-run first inning. This marked the ninth time in history the Braves have hit as many as four home runs in one inning.
It was the first time they did so in the first inning since Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa, Gary Sheffield and Javy Lopez went deep during the opening frame of a 15-3 win over the Reds on May 28, 2003.
While tallying a season-best run total and hitting a season-high five home runs, the Braves improved to 3-1 since experiencing their second four-game losing streak of the young season. The offensive eruption backed Bryse Wilson’s solid six innings and took some of the attention away from Ronald Acuña Jr. exiting in the fourth inning with lower abdominal pain.