Miller failed to get his 6th victory again. No offense today. Same story, different day. Atlanta didn’t score until the ninth.
Two costly Atlanta errors led to four Cub runs. Atlanta didn’t get a hit until the 7th, or rather their first official hit. Markakis’ earlier chopper was changed from a hit to an error. Pierzinski’s single ended any chance of a no hitter.
It was a very close game yesterday. In the 1st, Markakis singled and went to third on a WP/ errant throw. He scored on K.J.’s 2- out RBI single. After the Cubs went ahead 2-1, Atlanta tied it in the 3rd. Maybin singled with two outs and sprinted home on Markakis’ RBI double.
The game stayed tight til late. Yuri Perez hit a game- winning two- out 2-run 1b with the bags packed in the 8th. Jim Johnson picked up save # 6 in place of the injured Grilli. Theran pitched ok for 5.2 IP. The series continues tonight at the Ted.
Down 3-0, Atlanta tied it in the 6th on RBI singles by K. J. and Pierzinski and a Gomes RBI double. It wouldn’t be tied for long. Wood was charged with 7 R in 5.2 IP. He battled but it wasn’t enough. Braves head into the All Star break mired in a five- game losing streak.
Atlanta got HR’s from Uribe (7) and Lavarnway (1), but nothing else. Wisler pitched well: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 7 k’s. A bit of bad news: Grilli was lost for the year following a gruesome Achilles injury. He was sprinting to first and crumpled to the ground. Tough break. Next man up.
Miller was unable to capture his elusive fifth win. He lasted 5 IP, allowing 5 R, 10 H, 6 k’s. K. Johnson proved Atlanta’s only offense- a 3- run 6th inning HR (9). Wisler looks to get the Braves back on the winning track Saturday afternoon.
Wood threw only two pitches and was forced to exit following a lengthy rain delay. Game didn’t conclude until after one a.m. Braves were behind 4-0 early. Petersen hit a 2-run single, and Maybin had an RBI. Miller looks to be the stopper Friday night.
Atlanta got out to an early 4-0 lead, thanks to a Maybin 3- run HR (8) and K. Johnson solo shot (8). But it wasn’t meant to be as the bullpen coughed up yet another lead.
Down 1-0, Pierzinski tied the game on a solo HR (6). He later added an RBI single. Maybin hit an RBI triple. Markakisis hit an RBI double in the 5th. That was it.
K. Johnson had a 2- run HR (7) and 3 RBI. Uribe and Markakis each chipped in an RBI. Pierzinski had 3 hits. Matt Wisler went 5.1 IP enroute to his third win of the season. Braves continue their series Tuesday night.