Robbie Erlin pitched the Atlanta Shutout (started the game, didn’t give up any runs) and Nick Markakis had 3 RBI’s, as the Braves take the series 2 games to 1 and pull into a first place tie with the Marlins. Erlin went 4 innings, allowing only 1 hit and no walks, and struck out 5. Markakis followed Dansby Swanson‘s double in the top of the 6th with a single, and broke things open with a bases loaded double in the 7th.

Darren O’Day, A.J. Minter, Shane Greene, and Tyler Matzek finished up; O’Day allowing the only other hit. Erlin gave the Braves a needed and unexpected (by me) lift, and Josh Tomlin is now penciled in for Tuesday. The Braves have now completed 38% of their season and despite all of their injuries and performance disappointments, they are on track for the playoffs.

Returns from Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies are in sight, however there are no such likely heroes on the horizon on the starting pitching side. The future depends on the unlikely heroes.

The Natspos come to town Monday for the first of a 3 game delenda-ing; Touki Toussaint and Anibal Sanchez scheduled.