Atlanta Braves News
Rafael Ortega’s sixth inning grand slam was the difference in a 5-3 win by the Braves over the Dodgers. Max Fried allowed a three-run home run in the first inning to Cody Bellinger then settled down and allowed nothing else over five innings. Atlanta’s bullpen took over from there and allowed just one hit over the final four innings.
The game wasn’t without controversy as Brian Snitker pulled Ronald Acuña Jr. after he failed to run out of the box following a long drive that hit high off the right center field wall. Acuña ended up with a single on the play, was thrown out trying to steal second and the Braves failed to score in the inning. He went back out on defense in the top of the fourth but was replaced by Adam Duvall at the end of the inning.
As unfortunate as the situation was, Snitker and Acuña handled it like professionals and hopefully the entire team can benefit from it.
The Nationals placed closer Sean Doolittle on the 10-day injured list Sunday due to right knee tendinitis. Doolittle retired just one batter in the ninth inning of Saturday’s 14-inning loss to the Brewers where he allowed four hits and three home runs.
It wasn’t all bad news for the Nationals though as they are likely to activate Max Scherzer and have him return to the rotation on Thursday. Scherzer completed another simulated game Saturday and came through it with no issues. He announced himself ready to return.
Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper left Sunday’s loss to the Padres in the sixth inning due to dehydration. Harper experienced blurry vision while on defense in the fifth. He exited the game after the symptoms continued in the dugout during the bottom half of the inning.
The Chicago Cubs activated closer Craig Kimbrel prior to Sunday’s game against the Pirates in the Little League Classic. Kimbrel has been on the injured list due to knee inflammation and hasn’t pitched since August 3. He has posted a 5.68 ERA in just 12 2/3 innings this season.
A lower back strain has forced Joey Votto to the Reds’ injured list. Votto was out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game on Sunday. The move was made retroactive to Thursday and he would be eligible to return as soon as next Sunday in Pittsburgh.