Win win all day every day. The Braves scored 6 runs with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th to stun the Marlins, and cash 2 out of 3 in the series.
Ryan Flaherty started the rally with a walk off Brad Ziegler, and scored on Ronald Acuna‘s sacrifice fly, Acuna’s 3rd RBI of the game. Dansby Swanson‘s bases loaded single off Tayron Guerrero scored Tyler Flowers and pinch hitter Kurt Suzuki with the tying and walk off runs; the big inning accomplished without benefit of a single extra base hit.
The game actually began as a pitcher’s duel, with Julio Teheran and Wei-Yin Chen matching 3 hitless innings before the wheels came off for Julio in the 4th. After Ender Inciarte showed us how many outfielders need to be knocked senseless in order for Justin Bour to get a triple, (surprisingly, only 1) Teheran dropped the ball while on the rubber to balk in the first run.
From there it was a reverse New Year’s Eve, because after the ball dropped, it was 2017 again. Starlin Castro doubled, Brian Anderson singled, Derek Dietrich walked, Miguel Rojas singled, and Lewis Brinson‘s grand slam made it 6 – 0 before an out was recorded. Julio stayed in to finish 5, allowing 7 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4.
The latest iteration of the Lucas Sims era started and undoubtedly ended today, as the Marlins tacked on 2 more runs on the first of 2 Rojas home runs. A.J. Minter allowed the 2nd Rojas blast for the Marlins 9th run. Naturally, Minter got the win.
The Braves fought back with 2 in the 6th, and 2 in the 7th, before the fateful 9th. Inciarte, who crashed into the center field wall chasing Bour’s triple, stayed in until the 7th, when he was double switched, a situation that bears monitoring.
The Braves take a 1 1/2 game lead over the Phillies to Philadelphia on Monday.