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.
Braves scored all the runs they’d need in a five- run 2nd. Simmons doubled and Pierzinski singled him home. With one out and the bags loaded, Peterson, hit a grand slam (1). It was his first career HR.
Wood lasted 7 IP, allowing only 2 runs and escaping many jams. Grilli allowed a run in the 9th, but got the red- hot Giancarlo Stanton to fly out for his 11th save. Miller goes for the sweep tomorrow.
Theran chipped in a 2nd inning 2- run single. Todd Cunningham broke a 3-3 tie with an 8th inning RBI single and the final tally came across on a wild pitch. In his first start in the outfield, Cunningham had 3 hits. Grilli pitched the 9th for the save.
The headline says it all. Not much else to say. After an off day Thursday, Atlanta plays Miami.