The Atlanta Braves will be looking to secure a second straight series win Sunday when they wrap up a three-game series against the Miami Marlins. Atlanta took the opener 1-0 but saw their three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday with a tough 3-2 loss. The Braves’ offense continues to sputter and save their 20 run outburst earlier this week against the Mets, have scored three runs or less in 12 of their last 15 games. At 40-42, they enter play Sunday in third place and four games back of the New York Mets for the division lead.
Saturday was more of the same for Atlanta’s offense as they scored a pair of unearned runs thanks to a couple of Marlins errors. They finished the game 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. They will be looking for a jumpstart Sunday.
Charlie Morton will make his 17th start of the season for the Braves Sunday. Morton was cruising in his last outing holding the Mets scoreless for six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. A three-run home run by James McCann chased Morton from the game and the Braves went on to lose 4-3. That hiccup aside, Morton was excellent through five starts in June posting a 2.73 ERA and a 2.89 FIP in 29 2/3 innings. He has pitched into the seventh inning in three straight starts. Morton has struggled in two previous outings against Miami this season allowing 11 hits and nine runs in 10 innings.
If the Braves’ offense is going to get on track, they they will need a better showing than their first chance at Marlins right-hander Zach Thompson. Thompson was called on to start what was billed as a bullpen game back on June 12 but ended up tossing five scoreless innings while allowing just four hits and striking out six. He has allowed three runs (1 earned) total in two starts since. He allowed four hits and one earned run over a career-high six innings in his last start against the Washington Nationals.
Coverage is slated to get underway at 1:20 p.m. ET Sunday and the game can be seen on Bally Sports Southeast.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, July 4, 1:20 p.m. ET
Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Bally Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network