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The Daily Chop: Charlie Morton dominates Marlins, Michael Harris, MLB Draft and more

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Atlanta can get back to the .500 mark Saturday.

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The Atlanta Braves got a much-needed performance from Charlie Morton who turned in one of his best performances of the season to help lead them to a 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins. Morton, Luke Jackson and Jesse Chavez combined on a two hit shutout. Freddie Freeman gave Atlanta a first inning lead with his 18th home run of the season. Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies all finished with two hits each.

With the win, Atlanta improves to 43-44 and jumps into second place in the NL East standings passing the Phillies. The Braves will have another opportunity to get back to the .500 mark Saturday. They last time they were .500 for the season was back on June 8 when they were 29-29. Atlanta hasn’t yet spent a day above .500 this season.

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A teammate of Craig Biggio, Mo Vaughn, John Valentin and Kevin Morton at Seton Hall, the 54-year-old Brown played three years in the Minors with the Phillies and coached two more with the organization before beginning his scouting career. After eight years with the Pirates as both an area scout and East Coast crosschecker, he served as the Expos/Nationals scouting director for eight years, overseeing Drafts that produced more than 40 big leaguers, headlined by Stephen Strasburg in 2009 and Ryan Zimmerman in 2005. He spent nine seasons as a special assistant to the GM in Toronto before taking over the amateur scouting department in Atlanta in January 2019.

The reigning MVP has been a part of the organization since being drafted back when John Smoltz was still starting 32 games for them.

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Atlanta’s relievers have a combined 4.64 ERA this season, ranking 11th in the NL. Closer Will Smith has done a solid job in the ninth (17-for-19 in save opportunities), but the rest of the bullpen has struggled to get the ball to him at times, combining for 11 blown saves. A number of quality relievers will be available this month, one or two of whom could wind up in Atlanta if the Braves can inch closer to the Mets in the NL East.

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