Atlanta continued to play down to the level of its competition Friday night, dropping its third straight game to a team languishing below .500. This time, graciously allowing Georgia native Niko Goodrum to show off before his family and friends with five hits (two of them homers) leading to an 8-2 loss to the woeful Detroit Tigers.
Mike Foltynewicz pitched adequately through the first four innings, giving up a 2nd inning bomb to Grayson Greiner followed by a 3rd inning homer to the aforementioned Tiger shortstop. Atlanta cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 3rd, when Ronald Acuna Jr singled with one out, stole second and advanced to third on Greiner’s bad throw. Dansby Swanson drove him in with a ground out.
The Tigers extended the lead in the 5th. JaCoby Jones led off with a triple, and one out later Goodrum singled him home.Nicholas Castellanos then homered with two down and Folty was able to finish up the 5th by inducing Miguel Cabrera to ground out. Mike gave up 7 hits in his five innings pitched, 3 of them long balls. However, he did strike out 8 and walked no one. So if you’re desperate for a silver lining you got that going for you.
Anthony Swarzak pitched a scoreless 6th, and Snit ran up the Human White Flag,…err…inserted Jerry Blevins for the 7th. Goodrum led off with a double and was singled home by Christin Stewart. After Josh Donaldson couldn’t come up with Castellanos’ slow roller, Brandon Dixon singled in Stewart one out later. 7-1 Tigers and the rout was on.
Meanwhile Detroit starter Spencer Turnbull was pitching efficiently and limiting the Braves to weak contact. In the bottom of the 7th, he tired, and loaded the bases on singles to Donaldson and Nick Markakis, and a walk (!) to Austin Riley. The delightfully named Buck Farmer came in and traded a run for an out, getting Brian McCann to fly out. Ozzie Albies reached on an infield single, reloading the bases, but Folk Hero II – Charlie Culberson, grounded into an inning ending double play.
Josh Tomlon came on and allowed Goodrum to finish up his career night by surrendering the second dinger for the final margin.
Anyway, time to get off the schneid. Of course Mike Soroka will probably give up 7 ER in an inning and a third tonight.