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The Daily Chop: Division lead dwindling after another disappointing loss

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NL East lead is down to a single game.

Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

After another frustrating loss Saturday night, the Atlanta Braves don’t have much wiggle room left. Their lead in the NL East is down to a single game after a 2-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. The Braves have lost four straight and don’t look like a team that is folding under the pressure of a late season pennant race. Case in point was the fourth inning Saturday when they had runners at the corners with no one outs only to have the next three hitters go down on strikes. Atlanta is 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of the series and that simply isn’t going to get it done against a good team like the Giants.

MLB News

Reds outfielder Jesse Winker’s return from the injured list lasted just one day as he placed back on the 10-day IL Saturday with an intercostal strain. The Reds also placed outfielder Shogo Akiyama on the injured list with a right hamstring strain.

Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo left Saturday’s game early with what was called neck tightness. The team said following the game that Gallo is considered as day-to-day.

The 2021 season has been pretty much a disaster for Dodgers outfielder Cody Berlinger who is now also dealing with a non-displaced rib fracture. Berlinger was originally slated to start Saturday’s game but was held out of the lineup due to lingering soreness.

Royals manager Mike Matheny informed reporters Saturday that right-hander Brad Keller’s season is over. Keller has been out since August 26 with a strained right lat and there isn’t enough time for him to ramp back up and return to the mound.

Major League Baseball announced Saturday that White Sox pitcher Mike Wright has received a three-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Shohei Ohtani. Manager Tony La Russa received a one-game ban.

Tampa Bay Rays’ top pitching prospect Shane Baz will make his Major League debut in Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.