With Dan Straily and Matt Wisler on the mound for their respective teams tonight you might figure there would be some balls flying out of the yard. The exact opposite happened.
The first inning began with Matt Wisler striking out the side with some filthy sliders and breaking pitches. The Braves attempted to jump on the Marlins early on as Ronald Acuña Jr. blistered a changeup 100 MPH to deep center field but could not get it over the fence. Nick Markakis singled Albies over to second base after Ozzie walked to leadoff the game but Atlanta could inflict no damage.
Over the next two innings both teams went down in order as Wisler and Straily were able to keep the ball in the park despite several barrel shots from each team including Ronald Acuña’s second at-bat which was smacked 102 MPH to the fence in center but caught.
Both teams continued to struggle offensively all game long until the sixth inning when the Marlins finally broke through thanks to a couple of soft liners and one hard hit ball misplayed by center fielder Ender Inciarte that eventually led to two runs scoring in the inning driving Matt Wisler from the game.
Luiz Gohara pitched well once again out of the pen for the Braves as Dan Straily continued for the Marlins up until the eighth inning when he was relived by Kyle Barraclough who would attempt to keep the shutout of one of baseball’s best offenses going.
The Braves could not scratch in the eighth yet again as the ball definitely was not flying tonight at SunTrust Park. After a scoreless top of the ninth from Sam Freeman it was up to the heart of the order to save the day against Miami closer Brad Ziegler.
After a quick out by Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis nailed a single to center to give the Braves a ray of hope in front of Tyler Flowers who quickly ended any more hope of a comeback with a two bounce groundball to second baseman Starlin Castro who was able to turn the double play.
The Braves are now in jeopardy of losing the division lead depending on the result of the Phillies game tonight. Stay tuned.