It was a tough road trip for Atlanta as they faced division rival Philadelphia and AL East leading Boston. The offense couldn’t seem to find much consistency but managed to take 2 of the 6 games played. This road trip was also highlighted by some great pitching from Brandon McCarthy and Mike Foltynewicz. However, the series the Braves were most interested in was taking on the Red Sox. Boston has already shown they are one of the best clubs in baseball and would allow the Braves to see just how good they are this year.
Game 1 saw Julio Teheran take the mound for the Braves at Fenway. Teheran (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) looked good through the first 3 innings as Atlanta led the Red Sox 2-0 thanks to a 2-run double from Nick Markakis. Unfortunately, the Red Sox would hit two solo home runs in the 4th inning to tie the game. Julio Teheran would leave the game with Boston leading 3-2. The Braves bullpen would allow 3 more runs (2-run homer from Betts, solo shot by Moreland) as the Red Sox beat Atlanta by a 6-2 final.
In game 2, Sean Newcomb struggled to get through 3 innings against the Red Sox. Newcomb finished those 3 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 6 hits with 4 walks and 4 strike outs. Atlanta had a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the third inning after Dansby Swanson hit a 2-run home into the Green Monster seats and Suzuki had a RBI double. The Red Sox high octane offense struck in the bottom of the third as they tied the game with 3 RBI singles. Atlanta would take a 5-3 lead in the 4th inning after Freddie Freeman hit a RBI single with the bases loaded and a sacrifice fly by Nick Markakis. Boston would score 5 runs between the 4th and 8th innings to take a 8-5 lead against Atlanta. It looked like the Braves would have a shot to come back as Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a lead-off homer against Craig Kimbrel. Unfortunately, that would be all the offense Atlanta could do against the Boston closer as they drop game 2 8-6.
Atlanta faced a tall task in the final game of the series as Chris Sale took the mound for Boston. The Braves, however, would force Sale (5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) out of the game after just 4 1/3 innings of work. Tyler Flowers launched a 3-run home run over the Green Monster in the 2nd inning to give the Braves an early lead that they would do their best to protect. The 5th inning saw Atlanta add some insurance runs after a RBI single from Charlie Culberson and later a 2-run double from Freeman gave the Braves a 6-0 lead. Boston would only plate 1 runner in the game thanks to a phenomenal performance from Mike Foltynewicz. Folty tossed 7 great innings allowing only 3 hits with 3 walks and 7 strike outs. Mike pitched with a lot of confidence and had very good control of his breaking ball which allowed for his fastball to become more effective.
The scariest news from the final game occurred in the top of the 7th as Ronald Acuña Jr. reached on an infield single but collapsed to the ground after his knee buckled on the follow through. The Braves feared for the worst as it looked like he had severely injured himself. However, Acuña Jr. would walk off the field with little assistance and give some encouragement to fans and teammates alike. It was announced today that Acuña Jr. suffered a mild ACL sprain and contusion on his left knee. Acuña Jr. also suffered a lower back contusion and placed on the 10-day disabled list. The Braves will re-evaluate his injuries after the 10-day stint is over.
Atlanta heads home for a 8-game home stand and takes on the Mets in a double header on May 28th. Game 1 is at 1:10 pm and game 2 at 7:10 pm. Games 3 and 4 of the Mets series will each take place at 7:35 pm. After the Mets leave town, Atlanta will face the Washington Nationals.
Probable starters for the Mets series are listed below:
Game 1: Max Fried (0-2) vs. Jacob deGrom (4-0)
Game 2: Brandon McCarthy (5-2) vs. TBA
Game 3: Aníbal Sánchez (1-0) vs. Steven Matz (2-3)
Game 4: Julio Teheran (4-2) vs. Noah Syndergaard (4-1)