Braves vs. Nationals Sereis Wrap

This was another good series for our Atlanta Braves. They won two out of three games against the Washington Nationals. They should have won all three games and swept the Nats, but a blown save by Will Smith in game two of the series didn’t allow that to happen. Other than Smith’s slip-up, the Braves played great baseball throughout this entire series.

Game One: Kyle Muller vs. Erick Fedde, Braves won 8-4

Kyle Muller didn’t have his strongest outing for Atlanta. He only pitched 4.2 innings, and over that stretch of innings he allowed two hits, three runs, two walks, and he had three strikeouts.

Even though Atlanta didn’t get a strong outing from Muller, they still produced a lot of offense and ultimately won the ballgame.

In bottom of the first inning, the Braves started the scoring. Adam Duvall had a two-RBI single that scored Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman, who both reached base via a single. That gave them a 2-0 lead early.

The Nationals scored one run in the top of the third inning on a wild pitch to make it a 2-1 game, and then they tied the game at two on an RBI-single by their third baseman Carter Kieboom. And then, to give Washington a 3-2 lead, the pitcher Erick Fedde had a sac fly that scored Gerardo Para from third base.

Atlanta regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. To make the first two outs of the inning, Abraham Almonte grounded out and Ozzie Albies had a lineout. To keep the inning alive, Soler reached base on catcher’s interference. Freeman followed him with a first pitch single. With two on and two out, Austin Riley was up to bat. He hit an RBI-single that scored Soler and made it a 3-3 game. Dansby Swanson broke the 3-3 tie with another RBI single that scored Freddie and made the score 4-3 Atlanta. Adam Duvall added the final knock of the inning with an RBI-double that scored Riley, making it 5-3.

In the bottom of the eighth inning Stephen Vogt led off with a walk. Ehire Adrianza followed him with a single, and then my man, Ozzie Albies, walked to load the bases. Jorge Soler struck out to make out number one. And then Freddie Freeman hit a two-RBI single that extended Atlanta’s lead to 7-3. Austin Riley made it an 8-3 game when he hit a sac fly that scored Ozzie From third.

Washington got one run closer in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI double by Luis Garcia to make it 8-4. But they couldn’t make anymore offense, and the Braves held on to take game one!

Game Two: Charlie Morton vs. Josiah Gray, Braves lost 3-2

It’s games like these that are the most frustrating. Your team has a lead the entire game until the top of the ninth inning. And then your “closer” comes on, and instead of preserving a shutout…he blows the game and your team loses. That is exactly what happened to Atlanta.

Charlie Morton produced another great outing for Atlanta. He went six innings, allowed three hits, ZERO runs, two walks, and he had seven strikeouts. Everything seemed to go right for Morton. He had good command over his pitches, the strike zone, and his pitch count. He did not throw many full-counts to batters.

Jorge Soler started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. He hit a no-doubt, solo home run to make it a 1-0 game. Soler has some serious power…and he just keeps hitting!

The Braves extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning when Ozzie Albies hit an RBI-single that scored Stephen Vogt, who reached base on a wild-pitch strikeout. Ozzie’s run-scoring single made it a 2-0 game, all Atlanta.

Coming into the top of the ninth inning, the Atlanta Braves were still up 2-0. Will Smith came onto pitch the ninth inning and preserve a two-run shutout. He failed at that. Smith started the inning with a walk to Josh Bell. Then he gave up a first pitch double to Ryan Zimmerman. He got Kieboom to flyout to make the first out of the inning. But then Luis Garcia had an RBI-groundout to make it a 2-1 game. There were now two outs- but that didn’t really matter. On the very next pitch Will Smith threw, Riley Adams hit out of the ballpark for a two-run homer making it 3-2 Washington on top. Not only did that give the Nationals the lead, but it had to be embarrassing for Smith. After all, Adams only had an average of .086.

Atlanta couldn’t come up with any offense in the bottom of the ninth inning to try and come back from a blown save by Will Smith.

Game Three: Max Fried vs. Patrick Corbin, Braves won 5-4

Max Fried pitched well for Atlanta. He went six innings, allowed seven hits, only one run, one walk, and he had five strikeouts. Despite how many hits he allowed, Fried was able to stay calm in those high-stress innings and limit the damage to only one run.

The one run that Max Fried surrendered came in the top of the third inning. Alcides Escobar, the Nats’ shortstop, hit an RBI-single that scored Luis Garcia and made it a 1-0 game.

However, the Braves came right back and took the lead in the bottom of the third. After two quick outs, one by Joc Pederson and the other by Kevan Smith, Max Fried had a single. And then, my man Ozzie Albies hit a two-run bomb making it a 2-1 game, Atlanta on top!

The Braves added onto their lead again in the bottom of the sixth inning. Austin Riley had an RBI-double that scored Dansby Swanson making it 3-1. And then Adam Duvall came up clutch once again with a two-run homer that scored Austin and made it a 5-1 game. Duvey is such a welcomed-back addition to our lineup!

The Nationals made it a 5-3 game in the top of the seventh inning on two RBI-singles. One was by Victor Robles and the other by Ryan Zimmerman. They also scored another run in the top of the ninth inning. It came on an RBI-double by Ryan Zimmerman. That made it a 5-4 game.

Luckily, Atlanta was able to hold onto that 5-4 lead and win the series.

Atlanta is finally starting to get into a winning groove. Our team looks great, and they are finally working together. Yes, it took them a LONG time…but it was SO worth the wait!

Braves vs. Brewers Series Wrap

Welcome back Duvy! The Braves acquired three new players at the trade deadline: Jorge Soler from the Kansas City Royals, Richard Rodríguez from the Pittsburg Pirates, and former Brave Adam Duvall from the Miami Marlins.

Game One: Touki Toussaint vs. Corbin Burnes, Braves lost 9-5

This game started off great for the Braves. But after the third inning, things went downhill fast.

Touki Toussaint only went 3.1 innings. In his very brief outing, he allowed six hits, seven runs, two walks, and he had five strikeouts. His stuff was no where near as sharp as it was in his previous two outings. Not to mention he could not command the strike zone, and the his pitch count was crazy. It seemed like all the pitches he threw, Milwaukee almost always found a way to him them!

Although the Braves lost… they still scored some runs. Actually, all of their runs except one came in the bottom of the first inning! On the very first pitch of the bottom of the first, Joc Pederson had a single. Ozzie Albies had a ground out to advance Pederson to second and make the first out of the inning. Freddie Freeman had an RBI-single that scored Joc Pederson and made it 1-0 Braves. With a 1-0 lead, Austin Riley was up to bat. He added onto Atlanta’s lead with a gigantic two-run homer; making it a 3-0 game. And then, to add another run to their lead, Stephen Vogt had an RBI-single that scored Dansby Swanson, and extended the Braves lead to 4-0.

Despite a 4-0 lead, Toussaint couldn’t keep it for Atlanta. In the top of the third inning, the Brewers came back to tie it up at 4-4. They scored one run on an RBI sac fly and the other three on a home run by Avisail Garcia- the Brewers’ right fielder. Milwaukee broke the tie in the top of the fourth inning, when they scored four more runs, giving them an 8-4 lead.

The Braves scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI-single by Adam Duvall to make it an 8-5 game.

In the top of the ninth inning, as if a four run lead wasn’t enough, Eduardo Escobar, the Brewers’ second baseman, hit a solo home run. That made the final score of the game 9-5 Milwaukee.

Atlanta had ten hits in this game… TEN. Their offense had plenty of chances to score, they just came up empty handed every time. It seemed like, after the first inning, the Braves’ bats ran out of gas. If their offense can’t score when they need to…they’re going to have an even harder time winning more than one game in a row.

Game Two: Kyle Muller vs Brandon Woodruff, Braves won 8-1

This was Dansby Swanson’s game! He had three hits, including two home runs, and seven RBIs. SEVEN! Oh, and not to mention one of those home runs was a GRAND SLAM. Wow!

The Brewers scored their one and only run in the top of the second inning. It came on an RBI forceout by Manny Pina- Milwaukee’s catcher.

Atlanta tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, on a first-pitch RBI-single.

The Braves did not score again until the bottom of the sixth inning. To start off that inning, Adam Duvall had a single. To follow his single, Jorge Soler had a strikeout. And then, to break the 1-1 tie, Dansby Swanson hit a two-run bomb. His home run made it 3-1 Atlanta.

To start the bottom of the seventh inning, Joc Pederson had a strikeout. My man, Ozzie Albies followed Joc with a single. Freeman had a single that advanced Ozzie to second, and then Austin Riley had a walk to load the bases. Jorge Soler had an RBI-single that scored Ozzie to make it a 4-1 game. Adam Duvall had a strikeout to make the second out of the inning. So with the bases still loaded and two out, Atlanta had a perfect chance to score again… and they did! Dansby Swanson came up to bat with the bases loaded, he homered in his previous at-bat. After working a 2-2 count, Swanson made contact with a slider and it went a long way. It was a grand slam!! Dansby has been hitting well in his last few games at the plate, and it continued in this game. His grand slam made it an 8-1 game. That score was the final score of the game.

Game Three: Charlie Morton vs. Brett Anderson, Braves lost 2-1

This was a rare loss from Charlie Morton. However, he did not pitch a bad game at all. He went six innings, allowed three hits, two runs, ZERO walks, and he had six strikeouts. His stuff wasn’t bad at all…the real reason he lost this game was lack of offense from the rest of the Braves team.

The Brewers scored their first run in the top of the first inning. It came on a first-pitch home run by Willy Adames, Milwaukee’s shortstop. That gave them a 1-0 lead early. They scored their second and final run on an RBI-groundout in the top of the fifth inning. That made it a 2-0 game.

To get the Atlanta Braves on the board, Austin Riley had an RBI-single that scored Ozzie Albies, who singled earlier that inning. Austin’s single made it a 2-1 game in the bottom of the sixth.

The Braves could not come up with any more offense throughout the rest of that game. Leaving us with yet another loss after a win.

Atlanta has had a hard time putting together multiple wins in a row. As a matter of fact, after the end of this series, the Atlanta Braves haven’t won two games in a row since before the All-Star break. Come on, Bravos. Get those bats smoking!