Alex Wood allowed all the runs in the 5th and was ejected. Padres come to town Monday night.
The headline says it all. For the second straight day, the bullpen coughed up a lead, allowing six runs. Freeman homered twice. Braves blew 6-0 advantage.
Following a 1-2 series against LA, Atlanta split a four- game series vs. the Giants. Wood took the mound on Monday night in Phoenix. He chipped in a 2 out, 2 run single in the 2nd. Simmons added an RBI. Atlanta piled on runs.
Wood allowed 1 R in 8 IP. Miller takes the mound Tuesday night.
Newly- acquired Nick Masset (Marlins) did his best Home Run Derby impersonation Monday evening in LA. Starter Williams Perez went 6 innings, striking out 7. Braves led for most of the game.
In the 6th, a single and two walks loaded the bases. Pierzinski hit an RBI infield chopper and Simmons followed with an RBI single.
Folty went 7. 2 IP allowing 1 R on 5 H and 5 k’s He had a good fastball working. Grilli pitched the 9th for the save.
Jace Peterson’s 2- out RBI single scored Caiaspo from 3rd. Wild game. Home to first double play, Simmons picking off a runner at first. Miller had a solid outing- 6 IP, 5k’s.
A 7- run 4th doomed Stults and the Braves. Stults was filling in for an ill Alex Wood (virus) That’s about it.
A seven-run 7th broke this game wide open. 7 Braves’ hits, a Brewers pitcher ejection and a throwing error did Milwaukee in. Theran allowed 1 R in 7 IP and struck out 7. Brewers only had 2 hits this evening.
Wood goes to the mound tomorrow.
Folty had one bad inning- the fifth. He thought he had a strikeout to end the inning, but ended up allowing the deciding two runs. Braves let a 3-1 lead slip away.
In the 2nd, Markakis and Cunningham singled. Pierzinski hit an RBI double and Pedro Ciraco added a Sac fly. Peterson then hit a 2-run 2b, and Freeman an RBI single. Maybin added an RBI later.
The real story of this game was Miller- 9 IP, 0, R, 2 H, 4k’s. Aside from a walk, he retired the first 26 batters he faced. With 2 out, the Marlins’ batter stroked a clean single to center. another hit followed. So close! It would have been awesome to see a no- hitter- 1st one since 1991 (Merker, et al.) Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
Kudos to Miller. Two complete games in consecutive starts. He is the clear ace of the staff. Braves sweep Miami away.