Braves pitchers came into Saturday’s play riding a 27 game scoreless streak. That lasted one pitch. LaMonte Wade Jr. led off the game with a homer, the first of 4 runs allowed by Yonny Chirinos in 4 innings of work. The Braves tied the game at 4 in the 5th on Ronald Acuna Jr.‘s solo homer, his 28th of the season. The Giants pulled back ahead in the 6th off of Brad Hand and Pierce Johnson, but A.J. Minter, Kirby Yates, and Raisel Iglesias shut them down the rest of the way.
Eddie went 4 – 4 on the night, and Marcell’s 3 hits extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
The Braves have won 5 in a row and 10 of the last 12, and with 80 wins hold a 4.5 game lead over the Dodgers and Orioles for the best record in the Majors. Atlanta goes for the sweep on Sunday at 1:35 Eastern; Max Fried and Jakob Junis scheduled.
Sunday Game Thread
Ben Ingram’s call and this angle of Eddie Rosario‘s HR was just too good not to post.
Ozzie Albies Update
Kelly stomps around the land of Vague here, but it’s good to see him moving around. This video seems to imply that he’ll be out a bit longer than 10 days.
I HAD to Do It!
Ok…so I fat-fingered a “w” in there which will likely bring the trolls out, but how on earth can someone make this comp with a straight face?
Edit: MHII was scratched with a bruised foot. Kevin Pillar will take his spot.
At one point, we Braves Journalers were worried about this team’s play post All Star Break. They went into the break with a record of 60-29 and are now sitting at 80-42, which calculates to a 20-13, a 60.6 win% for the 2nd half. They’re back to playing stellar baseball and the good $ is that the 2nd half will look very similar in the end.
Once again, Nicky Lopez starts at 2B.