The Atlanta Braves have done it again, this time against the Miami Marlins, clinching the series last night with a 5-0 victory. This series win makes it five straight series the Braves have won now. This team is hitting its stride at the right time.
Julio Teheran led the Atlanta Braves last night with a magnificent pitching performance. Teheran went 7 innings, striking out 9 and giving up no runs in the start. It was only the second time this season Teheran has gone 7 innings in a start, the other time was April 30th against the Padres. It was just what Teheran needed after getting shelled in his last start against the New York Mets.
Ronald Acuna Jr. and newcomer, Adeiny Hechavarria, were the majority of the offense last night, both with two-run home runs. Tyler Flowers chipped in with an RBI, too. The Braves formula for offensive success has remained the same for most of the season. Get offense from your reliable sources, Acuna, Freeman, Albies, Donaldson, and get offense from the players with lesser roles, Flowers, McCann, Duvall. It’s been a formula that has worked for the Braves all season. Last night was no different.
With the series win, the Atlanta Braves continue to keep pace with the Nationals. The Braves did gain a game by winning on Tuesday when the Nationals went on to lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The NL East lead sits at 6 games after last night’s game. The Braves have done a fantastic job holding on to the NL East lead with the Nationals playing such good baseball. Since June, the Nats have had a winning percentage of .600 or higher as a team every month.
The Braves will go for the sweep tonight at 7:20. Mike Soroka will be on the mound for the Braves, which always means the has a great chance to win the game. After tonight’s game, the long homestand the Braves have enjoyed so much will come to an end. The Braves will go on a road trip that will start in New York for three with the Mets, a makeup game in Colorado with the Rockies, and then a two-game set with the Blue Jays in Toronto.