The Atlanta Braves (12-10) faced off against the Miami Marlins (9-5), where they would snap their four-game skid in one of the best pitching battles in the league this season. The Braves would win one against the Marlins, giving them hope to win the series on Sunday, with a lights-out performance from Max Fried, with the Braves winning 2-1.
Braves ace Fried was on the mound, boasting a 3-0 record and a 1.59 ERA this season. Daniel Castano took the mound for the Miami Marlins, with a 0-1 record and a 6.75 ERA. Castano would allow Freddie Freeman to grab a double in the first inning, with two outs on the board as well as walking Marcell Ozuna, but nothing would come of it.
Fried would have an easy inning, allowing one hit, but nothing else, with the Braves retiring the Marlins early, to send the game to the second-inning, scoreless. Castano would strikeout two of the three Braves he would face in the inning. Adeiny Hechavarria would groundout to third, to end the top of the second.
Fried would have an easy inning as well, despite a Lewis Brinson double on a line drive to left field. Jon Berti would ground out to Dansby Swanson for an easy throw to Freeman, to end the inning. The Marlins would end the inning on a great double play on a groundout from Travis d’Arnaud, getting Swanson out at second and d’Arnaud at first.
Fried masterfully picked off Monte Harrison after he advanced to first, Jonathan Villar would steal third, after a double to left field. Fried would recover though, striking out Jesus Aguilar, to end the inning. Castano would have an easy three up, three down inning, with an excellent play by him, smacking down a Freeman line drive at the mound to grab his second out.
Fried would also have an easy inning, striking out Brian Anderson, Francisco Cervelli and Logan Forsythe. Castano would have another easy inning, despite a double from Hechavarria. Despite some great bats from the Braves, they failed to score, to send it to the bottom of the fift, the game still scoreless.
Fried would have an easy inning, striking out two Marlins and Johan Camargo, tossing a ground out to Freeman to end the inning scoreless. Castano would once again have an easy inning for the Marlins, with Freeman grounding out to Forsythe, to Aguilar.
In the bottom of the sixth, Villar would try to steal third, d’Arnaud would throw a perfect ball to third, where Camargo would tag him out. Cevelli would ground out to Swanson who would have an easy throw to Freeman to end the inning, scoreless.
In the top of the seventh, Ozuna would crush the ball to left center, sending it out of the park, to give the Braves a 1-0 lead, which would lead to Castano’s departure from the game.
James Hoyt would replace Castano, who would start his night, striking out Adam Duvall. He would then go on to walk Camargo, but unfortunately that’s the most the Braves could muster in the top of seventh, with the Braves leading 1-0.
Fried would start the inning for the Braves, walking Anderson, with a Brinson single, Fried’s night would end, throwing 103 pitches, for 67 strikes and seven strikeouts through 6.1 innings. Shane Greene would replace Fried, who would struggle some in the inning, but would strikeout Eddy Alvarez to end the inning, with the Braves leading 1-0.
Brad Boxberger replaced Hoyt in the top of the eighth, who would go on to have a scoreless inning, with the Braves leading 1-0. Will Smith, would replace Greene in the bottom of the inning. Smith would give up a home run to Harrison, for the Marlins to tie the game 1-1.
Smith would grab himself a strikeout against Cervelli, to end the inning, with the game all tied up 1-1. Brandon Kintzler would replace Boxberger for the Marlins, where he would give up a solo home to Duvall, who would crush the ball to deep left field, where the ball would pop off the foul pole, to give the Braves a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, for Duvall’s 100th career home run.
Mark Melancon would replace Smith for the Braves in the bottom of the ninth, who would close out the game, to give the Braves the 2-1 win.
The Braves face off in their final game against the Marlin’s for the series Sunday at 1:10 p.m. EST.