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Wright struggles, offense falls flat in Braves 8-0 loss to Marlins

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The Braves got outclassed in a game they really needed to win

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Braves got dominated by Sixto Sanchez and Kyle Wright gave up three homers as Atlanta got routed by the Marlins 8-0.

While the first inning went by without incident, the Marlins were the first to get on the board in the second as Wright hung a slider to old friend Matt Joyce who promptly deposited that pitch over the wall in right center to give the Marlins an early 1-0. Wright would get into a bit of trouble after that in the second inning, but managed to emerge without further damage.

The third didn’t start any better for Wright as he hung another slider...this one to Jorge Alfaro who launched it 415 feet to center to increase the Marlins’ lead to 2-0. After a double from Corey Dickerson immediately after that, Wright leaned on a combo of his fastball and changeup to strike out the next three batters to get out of the inning again.

Things continued to be difficult for Wright as he walked the leadoff hitter before giving up yet another homer, this one on a fastball, to Garrett Cooper and that stretched the Marlins’ lead to 4-0. A walk, stolen base, wild pitch, and RBI single from perennial Braves’ pain in the butt Alfaro again made it 5-0 and, well, that stunk and that was it for Kyle. His day ended with a 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K line including three homers. Not great.

Tyler Matzek looked good in two scoreless innings of relief, but then came the Luke Jackson experience where he gave up another run to stretch the Marlins’ lead to 6-0. Jacob Webb, who was coming off a lengthy injured list absence and was recalled earlier in the day, looked good in his inning of relief, but the second inning didn’t go as well and the Marlins were up 8-0 going into the bottom of the ninth. The Braves went quietly and 8-0 was the final.

You may be wondering about the offense and what they were up to this evening. The answer is not much at all. The Braves scratched together four hits total on the evening including two from Freddie Freeman. Overall, just a rough, rough performance from top to bottom.