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This Day in Braves History: July 26
1962 – Warren Spahn hits career homer No. 31 off of Craig Anderson in a 6-1 win over the Mets.
1964 – The Braves and Mets establish a two-team record using a combined 22 pitchers in a doubleheader. Atlanta wins both games, 11-7 and 15-10. Chi-Chi Olivo gets the win in both games while throwing just 2 2/3 innings.
1970 – Orlando Cepeda hits three homers and drives in seven runs to help the Braves to an 8-3 win over the Cubs in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Cepeda records three more hits in the second game but the Cubs win 7-6.
2005 – Greg Maddux waits out a 2 hour and 43-minute rain delay and becomes the 13th pitcher in history to record 3,000 career strikeouts fanning Omar Vizquel to reach the milestone. Maddux allows eight hits and two runs in eight innings but the Cubs lose 3-2 in 11 innings.
2011 – The Braves beat the Pirates, 4-3 in 19 innings in a game that ends on a controversial play at the plate. Braves pitcher Scott Proctor grounds to third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez’s throw to the plate easily beats Julio Lugo who is called safe by home plate umpire Jerry Meals.
After the Pirates log a formal complaint to the Commissioner’s office, both Meals and MLV Vice President Joe Torre acknowledge that the call was incorrect but that it will not be reversed.