After being swept by San Francisco, the Braves were happy to get on the road and shake it off. They took 2 games from Tampa Bay and looked to continue that success in Miami. The Marlins (14-26) are having a rough season after trading 3 star players in the off season. They find themselves in last place in the NL East at 10 1/2 games behind the Braves. Atlanta is still leading the NL East with a 24-15 record but the Phillies and Nationals are doing their best to gain ground on them. Let’s get into a quick recap of the Miami series.
Game 1 saw Mike Foltynewicz pitch fairly well going 5 innings with 0 ER on 3 hits with 2 walks and 4 strike outs. Offense was driven by Ozzie Albies hitting his first career grand slam and Freddie Freeman going 5-5 with 4 singles, 1 HR, and 2 RBIs. Luiz Gohara saw his first action of the season as he pitched 3 solid innings for Atlanta. Gohara finished his outing allowing 1 ER on 2 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. The Braves go on to win game 1 by a final score of 9-2.
Game 2 saw Brandon McCarthy struggle as he went 5 innings on 11 hits and 6 ER with 2 walks and 3 strike outs. Brandon struggled to keep some of his pitches down in the the zone and the Marlins didn’t miss them. Ozzie Albies homered in back to back games and Nick Markakis doubled in a run. However, Marlins pitcher Dan Straily went 5 innings with 3 hits 2 ER 3 walks and 5 strike outs to pick up the win behind the Marlins offense. Atlanta lost game 2 by a final of 6-3.
In Game 3, Mike Soroka looked better but had bad luck in 5th inning. An error by Jose Bautista with the bases loaded and 2 outs led to a 3-run double by Derek Dietrich to give Miami a 5-4 lead. Mike finished his day with 4 2/3 innings (8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Marlins Jarlin Garcia went 6 innings (7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) and kept the Braves off stride for the most part. Jose Bautista atoned for his error when he led of the 6th inning with a game tying home run. The Braves scored 2 more runs in 8th inning with only 1 hit (from Nick Markakis). 4 walks were issued in the inning that began with a lead off walk from Freddie Freeman. Inciarte had a 13 pitch at bat (fouled off 6 straight pitches with 2 strikes) and walked to load the bases. Flowers and Camargo would walk in back to back plate appearances with the bases loaded to give Atlanta a 7-5 lead. Freeman and Markakis led off top of the 9th with back to back singles. Charlie Culberson would hit an RBI triple and then score on a 2-run home run by Ender Inciarte. The Braves take game 3 by a 10-5 final score.
Game 4 featured Sean Newcomb and Jose Urena in a rubber match. Sean Newcomb continued his amazing work in the final game of the series. Newcomb went 6 innings allowing 0 earned runs on 1 hit with 4 walks and 6 strike outs. The walks still need to be lowered but all things considered Newcomb is much better than he was last year. Over his last 7 starts, Sean sports a 1.70 ERA across 42 1/3 innings with 27 hits and 18 walks to 48 strike outs. He also has thrown 20 consecutive scoreless innings and has an overall ERA of 2.51 which is in the top 10 across the National League. The Braves would score 4 runs in the game on RBI singles from Nick Markakis and Preston Tucker. Ender Inciarte would hit a 2-run home run in consecutive games. However, the Marlins would score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th thanks to Justin Bour launching a 3-run shot off of Vizcaino after Jesse Biddle allowed 2 singles to start the inning. Fortunately, Atlanta would hang on to win the final game of the series by a 4-3 score.
Atlanta plays in a make-up game today in Chicago at 2:20 pm and will honor the great Jackie Robinson by wearing number 42 jerseys. They will then head back to Atlanta for a home stand against the Cubs (5/15-5/17) and Marlins (5/18-5/20).