Back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning and dominant pitching from Reds starter Mike Leake proved to be too much for the Braves in a 5-1 loss. Atlanta has lost three straight games and falls to 10-12 on the season. The Braves managed just four hits on the night with Freddie Freeman driving home the team's lone run.
Following the game, Atlanta placed third baseman Chris Johnson on the disabled list with a fractured left hand. Johnson suffered the injury on a stolen base attempt in the fourth inning. Johnson going on the DL cleared a roster spot for pitcher Mike Foltynewicz who will make his first start in a Braves uniform on Friday.
Foltynewicz was inconsistent during spring training but put together a solid stretch during his start to the season at Gwinnett. In four Triple-A starters, Foltynewicz had a 2.08 ERA to go along with 30 strikeouts. Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com's Mark Bowman that Foltynewicz had earned the opportunity:
"He's earned the opportunity to come up and pitch," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's not a one-deal tryout. I'm excited, and he's earned it."
Foltynewicz's will replace Trevor Cahill in the starting rotation but as manager Fredi Gonzalez told the AJC, the move might not be permanent.
"I told him this was not a permanent move," Gonzalez said. "A lot of things can happen, right? You think he's going to be in the bullpen for a couple of weeks and then one of our guys sprains a toe and he's back in the rotation. For right now, he can help us out of the bullpen."
Cahill struggled going 0-3 with an 8.03 ERA. He made a relief appearance on Wednesday allowing six hits and four runs in just two innings.
Kris Medlen will head to the Royals' complex in Arizona on Monday and will face hitters for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Injured Mets third baseman David Wright remains out with a strained hamstring, but a return to the lineup could be on the horizon. Wright could head out on a rehab assignment sometime next week and then be activated soon after.