The Atlanta Braves won their second game of the season against the Marlins 5-4 on Wednesday night despite continuing their sloppy play. The win puts the Braves at 2-6 as they head to open a new park in Atlanta.
Escaping Miami with a 2-6 record and a series split may not have been the Atlanta Braves plan but it is where they are as they head to open a new stadium. Wednesday night’s game was a back and forth affair that saw Jaime Garcia struggle and the Braves bullpen step up with shutdown innings and allow the Braves to recover thanks to Tyler Flowers.
Tyler Flowers singled the go-ahead run in the 9th from 2nd on a ball that he scalded through the Miami infield. Flowers is not the only Brave in the lineup that deserves a lot of credit for the win. Ender Inciarte had a huge night knocking to pitches out of the park and seemed to break out of the funk he had been for the first few games of the season.
The Braves held the lead early 2-0 before falling behind 4-3 on another homer hit by Stanton. The Marlins slugger hit two homers as well in Wednesdays game a much needed sign of life from him as well.
Freddie Freeman had a key at-bat that he yet again struck out in underlining the League wide problem of a high K rate this season. Nick Markakis and Dansby Swanson have struggled with putting the ball in play as well though Markakis seems to be heating up.
The win was a much needed one for a Braves team that is headed to open a new park with iffy pitching and one of their best hitters on the disabled list (Matt Kemp). SunTrust park will open in Atlanta on Friday night against the Padres.