The Braves had the chance to follow up on their success from Monday and put a dagger deeper into the Marlins’ playoff hopes, but instead they pulled a Braves and didn’t. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run home run to put the Braves on top in the 1st inning; it was momentous in that it extended his hitting streak to 19 games and gave him 500 RBIs for his career, but Miami scored three runs off of Matt Wisler in the 3rd and three more off of him in the 5th to overcome the Braves early lead.
Down 6-3, the Braves had the chance to come back in the 7th, when they scored two runs and were poised to score more. Jace Peterson could not come through with the bases-loaded and two outs, though, and he grounded out to end the inning and ultimately any hopes the Braves had of completing the comeback. The Marlins tacked on an extra run in the 8th to top off the scoring and keep what little hope they have of a playoff berth alive.
Shae Simmons pitched the 9th, which really did not have any bearing on the game other than it is fun to see him back out there on the mound. The Braves’ little burst of wins here over the past few weeks has put them into a nice position to get to 60 wins on the season, a feat that looked impossible in the not too distant past. In the midst of it all Freddie is having a monster year, and it is sad to watch his accomplishments against the background of such a fledgling team. This team does not deserve him.