Miller nearly tosses a no- hitter; Braves’ 5- run 2nd leads to 6-0 win

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.

Wood, Braves turn back Fish 5-3

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.

Braves beat Marlins 5-3

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.

braves manage only two hits; fall to Reds 5-1

The headline says it all.  Not much else to say.  After an off day Thursday, Atlanta plays Miami.

Grilli gives up run in 9th; Braves lose 4-3

Braves stranded 12 runners. Jason Grilli gave up a single and double in the 9th.  Simmons was unable to make a relay throw to home because he dropped the ball.

Folty pitched good again- 6 IP, 2 R, 7 k’s.    K. Johnson (2b), Markakis (2b), and Caisapo (sac fly) had RBI’s.  Braves close out the series on Wednesday.

Braves squeak by Reds 2-1; Gosslin scores winning run in 9th

Braves won by the slimmest of margins in Cincinnati on Monday night.  Simmons tied it in the 3rd on a solo HR (3).  Phil Gosslin singled against hard throwing Aroidis Chapman in the 9th, stole second and third, and came home on a wild pitch.

Shelby Miller gutted his way through 6 IP, escaping multiple jams.  He struck out eight.  He is the undisputable leader of the pitching staff.  Braves try to make it two in a row Tuesday night.

Braves come up short; swept by Nationals 5-4

For the second consecutive day, Atlanta came up short.  Maybin and Caiaspo had RBI singles, the latter putting the Braves ahead by one in the 7th.  Alas, it was not to be on this Mother’s Day.

Homers culprit for Theran, bullpen in 8-6 heartbreaker

Another game, two more Washington HR’s.  Theran had trouble keeping the ball in the yard again. He gave up 6 runs in only 5 IP.  Atlanta went down 6-1, but tied it with two in the 7th and three in the 8th.  It didn’t matter as Cody Martin served up a no- doubter to Bryce Harper in the bottom of the 9th.  Washington has hit 12 HR’s in the last 4 Atlanta games.  Tough road trip so far.

Homers doom Stults, in 9-2 loss to Nats

Braves got out to a 2-0 lead (Gomes Sac fly, Freemaan RBI double) but Stults couldn’t hold it.  Hard to win when the other team hits HR’s.  Bullpen gave up six runs.

Braves coast past Phils 9-0 behind Miller’s gem

Shelby Miller tossed a 99- pitch complete game shutout.  Phillies had only three hits.  Braves put them away early.  Freeman hit a 2-run HR (5) in the 1st and K. J. added a 4th inning 3-run HR (6).  He later collected a single – for career hit 1,000.

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