Atlanta Braves News
Ender Inciarte and Ronald Acuña Jr. both homered while the Braves’ bullpen was able to hold on for a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins. Atlanta closes out its road trip with a 4-3 record. They will enjoy an off day on Monday before beginning a long home stand against the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Mike Soroka turned in another spectacular performance on Saturday and the Braves have to be pleased with his performance combined with the success of Max Fried. Both have seen their workloads increase of late and GM Alex Anthopoulos and company are monitoring the situation.
Nick Markakis’ injury necessitated Ronald Acuña Jr. shifting over to right field which could be something that becomes a regular occurrence going forward. Acuña has taken to the position well and Brian Snitker has been pleased with the way he has performed out there overall.
“I really like him there,” manager Brian Snitker said. “Just watching him out there playing, that looks like the spot he needs to be. I think we take advantage of his skillset better there. He’s done a really good job in center, left field, but that arm really plays in right field. He’s confident in it. It’s a weapon. Strong and accurate.”
Joe Maddon told reporters, including ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, on Sunday that he is confident that he will return as Cubs manager next season. Maddon is in the final year of a five-year deal with the team and his contract situation won’t be decided until after the conclusion of this season.
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto left Sunday’s game against the Mets in the seventh inning after suffering an ankle injury while running the bases. The injury is thought to be mild and X-rays were negative. Still he will be listed as day-to-day going forward.