The Atlanta Braves nearly let another win slip away Thursday but a late two-run rally capped off by a walk-off single by Dansby Swanson that helped them snap a four-game losing streak. The Braves actually carried a 5-4 lead into the ninth but A.J. Minter struggled again and allowed the Marlins to retake the lead. This time however, the Braves mounted their own rally and snapped their losing streak.
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The injury to Chris Martin has been problematic for the Braves as their bullpen continues to struggle. Minter had a second straight shaky outing, but was bailed out by their ninth inning rally. Brian Snitker didn’t comment on how he will handle high-leverage situations when the team heads out on the road trip but he still appears to be searching for answers.
Ronald Acuña Jr. added two more hits including his league leading seventh home run of the season Thursday. Acuña’s red hot start has been one of the few highlights for the Braves during the early part of the season.
Following Thursday’s game, the Braves optioned Tucker Davidson to the alternate training site. The team has yet to announce a corresponding roster move. Davidson was called up on Wednesday when Max Fried was placed on the injured list.
A great article by MLB.com’s Michael Clair who gets the true story behind Glenn Hubbard’s 1984 Fleer baseball card that featured him holding a boa constrictor.
Every player in the majors wore No. 42 on Thursday in honor of Jackie Robinson. MLB.com took a look back at the last player for each team to wear No. 42. For the Braves, it was pitcher Armando Reynoso in 1991-92 who appeared in nine games between the two seasons.
The San Diego Padres are expected to activate shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. from the injured list Friday.
Veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy cleared waivers Thursday and opted for free agency. Lucroy had been with the Nationals to start the season while a number of players were on the Covid list.
Cubs manager David Ross will serve a one-game suspension in Friday’s series opener against the Braves. Ross was issued a one-game suspension while reliever Ryan Tepera received a three-game ban for intentionally throwing a pitch at Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff during Tuesday’s game. Tepera is appealing and will be eligible to play on Friday.