It took the Braves 88 games just to get back even from where they started. Today is the first day of the rest of your season.
The Braves bats held a moment of silence in respect for Ronald Acuna Jr.‘s season ending injury, striking out 9 consecutive times to start the game. The tribute gave Pablo Lopez the modern era MLB record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game. Lopez lasted 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and the 9 strikeouts.
The Marlins started the scoring off in the bottom of the 1st. Ian Anderson issued back to back one out walks to Starling Marte and Garrett Cooper. He threw a strike to Jesus Aguilar, though. Aguilar’s 15th homer gave the Marlins a 3 – 0 lead. Anderson managed to last only 2 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks. After the game, David O’Brien reported Ian will likely go on the IL with a sore shoulder (h/t Rob Copenhaver.)
The Braves came back with 2 runs in the 4th to cut the lead in half, but Josh Tomlin gave back 2 in the bottom of the inning. Periodic reminder that the problem with carrying 13 pitchers is that, sooner or later, you are going to use them.
Dansby Swanson hit solo homers in the 6th and 9th for the Braves final 2 runs. Swanson now has 15 homers on the season. Tyler Matzek threw 15 strikes among his 24 pitches. Edgar Santana threw 2 perfect innings. Shane Greene continues to knock off rust however; he allowed the final Marlins run in the 6th.
The Marlins salvage a game from the 3 game set, and the Braves stand tied with the Phillies for 2nd in the NL East, 4 games back of the Mets.
Tampa Bay comes to town on Friday.