Braves’ Pitching Struggles Sink Them In Miami, 8-2

The Atlanta Braves (11-10), faced off against the Miami Marlins (9-4) at Marlins Park, where their pitching struggles continued.

The Braves’ pitching rotation struggled heavily, with each pitcher coming on to give up a run, other than the veteran closer, Mark Melancon. Kyle Wright started on the mound for the Braves, starting strong in the first inning, throwing four pitches, and grabbing three outs.

From there on out, Wright’s night would nose dive, throwing 62 pitches by the end of the third inning, with a 40-pitch inning coming in the third. The beginning of the end for Wright was when he would load the bases in the bottom of the third, then walk his batter, to send Jonathan Villar home, with the Marlins leading 2-1.

Wright would be replaced after walking his first batter in the top of the fourth inning, by Grant Dayton, after walking six batters in three innings. Dayton would struggle as well, allowing one run, but the Braves pitcher that struggled most was Luke Jackson, who would allow four runs while pitching for two innings.

Melancon would come on in the eighth, grabbing one strikeout, being the best pitcher to take the mound on the night.

What went wrong?

Dayton’s first batter would be Jon Berti, who would float the ball to shallow right field to allow Eddy Alvarez to make it to third. Magneuris Sierra would have a sacrificial bunt, to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead, by sending Alvarez home. The Marlins would steal a run on a line drive to Dansby Swanson, who would struggle to get a hand on the ball, allowing Berti to steal home.

Jackson replaced Dayton, who would give up a single on his first pitch to Sierra. He would hit a ground ball double to right field, to send Berti to third.

Jesus Aguilar would hit a sacrifice fly to center field to send Berti home. Corey Dicker would single to left field, with Sierra scoring to give the Marlins a 6-2 lead. The Braves would escape the inning without allowing more runs though.

Jackson would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving up the Braves’ eighth walk of the game. Aguilar would launch the ball up the middle, with Swanson once again struggling to get a hold on the ball, for the Marlins to extend their lead, 8-2.

What went right?

Travis d’Arnaud would crush a home run in the first inning to deep left field to give the Braves an early lead.

d’Arnaud would have an impressive night, despite the Braves struggling, going 2-for-4, with one home run and one RBI.

The Braves would have a double in the top of the fourth, with one coming from Nick Markakis, the other coming from Adam Duval, for the Braves to tie the game at 2-2.

What did coach have to say?

The Braves struggled heavily tonight, plain and simple, this team is lacking the spark that we saw in last year’s Braves, which would usually come to life in the seventh inning, to at least compete.

“We probably played one of our poorest games in the last two years, quite honestly,” Braves manager, Brian Snitker, said. “Just not making plays and things like that. We’ve got to do a better job of that also.”

The Braves look to end their four-game skid, Saturday against the Marlins, at 6:10 p.m. EST.