The Braves gained a half game on the Mets, moving to 5.5 GB, and gained on their wild card lead with a doubleheader sweep of the Marlins Saturday.
In Game 1, Kyle Muller was recalled from Triple A and threw 51 strikes in 73 pitches. He went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Chadwick Tromp got the start at catcher and had a big game, going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles including a bases loaded double that scored 2 runs in the third inning. Matt Olson homered for the third consecutive game. Jackson Stevens, Raisel Iglesias, and Kenley Jansen combined to shut down the Marlins for the rest of the game. The final score was 5-2 in favor of the Braves.
In Game 2, Ian Anderson was appointed as the extra player on the roster and got the start. He pitched well, going 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, and a solo homer given up to Jesus Aguilar. Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the game with his tenth homer, but had to leave the game late as his surgically repaired knee was sore and is listed as day to day. Vaughn Grissom went 2 for 4 with a monster 2 run homer and doubled. Matt Olson homered again for the third consecutive game and now has 24 on the season. Dylan Lee pitched 2 strong innings in relief. Kirby Yates tried to finish, but struggled for the second consecutive outing walking 2 out of 3 men he faced, and Raisel Iglesias had to come in to close it out. The Braves came out with the 6-2 victory.
Bryce Elder has been called up to pitch the series finale against Braxton Garrett this afternoon as the Braves go for the 4 game sweep.