The Atlanta Braves followed up Saturday’s stunning come from behind win with a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. The Braves take the series and are back at .500 for the season at 17-17.
Huascar Ynoa continued his strong start on the mound while Freddie Freeman homered for the second straight day and went 3-for-3 with a walk at the plate. Atlanta’s bullpen also did the job as Tyler Matzek, A.J. Minter and Luke Jackson kept the Phillies in order over the final three innings.
It appears that Atlanta’s bullpen is about to get some reinforcements. The team signed free agent Shane Greene Sunday to a one-year deal. Greene will report to Gwinnett but likely isn’t far away. Neither is Chris Martin who could be activated as soon as Tuesday. Sean Newcomb is also working at Gwinnett and has been impressive in two outings and appears to have regained the strength he had before a stint on the COVID injured list.
Jacob deGrom left Sunday’s start early after he experienced tightness in his right side. He will undergo an MRI to rule out any serious injury.
The Astros are hopeful that starter Framber Valdez will be able to return to the team at some point in June. Valdez suffered a fractured left ring finger on a comebacker during Spring Training.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a flurry of roster moves Sunday including placing first baseman Colin Moran on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain. The club selected the contract of outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. and transferred third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes to the 60-day injured list.
The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder Kevin Kiermaier on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left wrist. Kiermaier suffered the injury when he jammed his hand into Matt Chapman’s left knee on a stolen base attempt Saturday.