BACK 2️⃣ BACK— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) June 11, 2019
Nick Markakis stays hot and crushes a solo shot over the center field wall. pic.twitter.com/tVUCtRIBFN
Brian McCann follows suit and crushes a home run over the left field wall. pic.twitter.com/slsLXRyRxj— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) June 11, 2019
The Atlanta Braves won their fifth straight game Tuesday night, beating the Pirates 7-5 in a rain-shortened game thanks to five home runs, including four in the second inning. Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis, Brian McCann, and Ozzie Albies all launched a solo shot in the second inning. McCann then delivered what proved to be the deciding blow in the sixth with his second home run of the evening, a three-run bomb on a 3-0 count.
The evening did not start off in the best fashion. Mike Foltynewicz ran into trouble early as a single, a stolen base, a walk, a wild pitch, and another single led to two early runs for the Pirates in the first, The Braves would then answer back with four solo home runs in the bottom of the second.
The Pirates would claw their way back to tie the game at 4 to 4. A Colin Moran double in the fourth and a Starling Marte ground out in the fifth would score Josh Bell and Kevin Newman, respectively. The Braves would then find success again in the bottom of the sixth, as a Markakis Walk and an Austin Riley single led to McCann’s long home run to make the score 7-4.
Touki Toussaint, replacing Folty and after working a scoreless sixth, would surrender a single but get two quick outs in the top of the seventh. A.J. Minter made his anticipated return to the majors and got Josh Bell to fly out with a runner in scoring position to end the seventh.
Minter yielded a single and then got two quick outs in the top of the eighth. Anthony Swarzak would come in and give up an RBI triple to Bryan Reynolds. Though the Braves Challenged, It was determined Melky Cabrera touched all the bases to make the score 7-5. Swarzak would then get the final out end the inning. After the Braves went quietly in the bottom of the eighth, rain started pouring from the skies and the game was delayed. After two hours it was eventually called to give Atlanta the victory.
The encouraging thing for Mike Foltynewicz is that he did not give up a home run in a game for the second time this year. However, it was another discouraging outing. He needed 96 pitches to get through five innings, and gave up five hits, four walks, and four earned runs. While Folty finally get some needed run support, this is now three straight starts in which Foltynewicz has struggled, much like when he came back from his injury. It seems likley he will be closely monitored in the near future.
The Braves made history tonight, both for the franchise and the majors as whole. According to Baseball-Reference, this the first time in franchise history the Braves have hit five or more home runs in back to back games. This is the third time that a team has done it in 2019, as the Braves joined the Twins and Athletics in achieving the accomplishment. That is most times a team has accomplished that feat in a single season in major league history.
The Braves are now 20-9 over their past 29 games. With Soroka and Teheran up next to conclude the series versus the Pirates, they are sitting in a very good spot heading into a big series against the Phillies over the weekend.