Max Fried had an encouraging bounceback performance and the Braves offense returned to form as they blasted two home runs en route to a 7-2 victory. Josh Donaldson continued his torrid stretch, blasting a two-run homer to give the Braves a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning. The Atlanta bullpen fired three scoreless innings to close out the game and secure a fourth consecutive series win for the Braves.
The Braves are taking a cautious approach with regards to their prized young left-hander, who was struck in the head with a line drive on Saturday.
The Braves have received a huge boost from the hot bat of Josh Donaldson, who has carried the Atlanta offense over the past week, aiding in their efforts toward building a sizable division lead. His numbers on this Braves homestand were staggering as he tapped into the dormant power that the club expected would come to fruition:
Donaldson hit .384 (15-for-39) during this homestand, which began with him being ejected after shoving Pirates catcher Elias Diaz while trying to get to Pirates starter Joe Musgrove in the first inning of a June 10 win. More impressively, he batted .550 with four homers over his past five games.
This guy... Max Scherzer is incredible.
The best player in baseball looked the part on Wednesday.