Zack Wheeler threw 8 scoreless innings, and Craig Kimbrel pitched around a Sean Murphy homer to pick up his 401st career save as the 4th place Phillies pull to within 6 games of the 1st place Braves. Wheeler allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 12.

Nine strikeouts from Charlie Morton helped him to limit Philadelphia to 2 runs, despite allowing 7 hits and 4 walks in 5 1/3 innings. The Phillie runs came in the 5th. Brandon Marsh led off with a single and advanced to 3rd on a Kody Clemens double. Marsh scored on a Bryson Stott sacrifice fly, and Clemens scored on a Trea Turner double.

The Braves bullpen held the Phillies scoreless the rest of the way. Highlights include A.J. Minter retiring all 3 men he faced, throwing 7 strikes out of his 8 total pitches, and Jesse Chavez striking out the side in the 8th. Conclude what you will from 4 2/3 innings.

Wheeler came up 1 inning short of his 4th career shutout and thus clawing his way into 1228th on the career shutout list. For now he will have to continue to look up to such luminaries such as Mike Bielecki, Tommy Boggs, Jaime Garcia, and Pascual Perez. Maybe someday, Zack.

The series concludes on Sunday where the Braves will try to salvage a 7:10 split on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Spencer Strider and Dylan Covey are scheduled.

Braves Transactions

It’s happening, people!

It’s been 2 years and 299 days since Michael Soroka has played in an MLB game, so tomorrow will be a very special day for us fans and for Mike who, despite not being physically with the team, has remained a fan favorite. Incredible news and I hope that he lights the A’s up. Along with a healthy Max Fried, if Soroka can come up and solidify the back end of the rotation, a fivesome of Fried, Spencer Strider, Charlie Morton, Bryce Elder, and Michael Soroka put the Braves in position for a repeat division crown. There will have to be an active roster move, but the easy guess is Dereck Rodriguez, who replaced Dylan Dodd in the rotation… but, not really.

Last month, the Braves picked up Chad Pinder on a MiLB deal and he seemed like a shoo-in for the roster at some point, but he had other plans.

Pinder saw time at every position except catcher during his 7 year career and carried a respectable .717 career OPS.