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'He was so locked in': Bryce Elder becomes first Braves rookie to pitch shutout since 1990

Justin Toscano, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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WASHINGTON — The Braves began Monday with a White House visit to celebrate their 2021 World Series and ended it with Bryce Elder – who was in the crowd but not on the stage because he was not a member of last year’s team – pitching his first career shutout in an 8-0 win over the Nationals.

Here are five observations on Atlanta (96-58):

1. From back in Texas, Elder’s family watched what turned out to be a special and memorable night for one of their own. And when Bryce completed eight innings, they wondered if he would have an opportunity to finish what he started.

“We knew he had it by the look on his face for the last three batters,” Jeff and Kasi Elder, Bryce’s parents, said in a text Monday night. “He was so locked in and focused.”

Elder is the first Braves rookie to throw a shutout since Paul Marak in 1990. He is the first Braves pitcher to hurl a shutout since Max Fried did it last season.

On Monday, Elder needed only 106 pitches to complete nine innings. He struck out six batters, walked one and allowed six hits.

 

As Elder sat in the dugout in the top of the ninth inning, he did not focus on the opportunity for a special moment. Instead, his mindset remained the same as it had in the hours before that.

“I was just trying to get another out, just like I did the first out of the game,” Elder said. “Realistically, you try to get 27 outs as fast as we can, and that’s what I was trying to do. I wasn’t trying to treat it like any different out. Just make one good pitch at a time and roll with it that way.”

His family, on the other hand, was not as composed after the incredible feat.

“We are beaming and pretty emotional,” his parents said.

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