The Atlanta Braves put together a big first inning as they blanked the Miami Marlins for their 14th straight win. A stellar start from Brandon Beachy, combined with good hitting, was a recipe for success for the Braves on Friday night.
Enough cannot be said about Brandon Beachy’s start on Friday night. Especially since it was just his 3rd start since returning from Tommy John surgery. Beachy only gave up 3 hits to the Marlins over his 8 IP. He struck out 6 and only walked 1 in the game. He located all of his pitches with perfection.
Brian McCann, in his post game interview, said that he thought the movement on Beachy’s pitches were better than when he went down last season. It will be huge for Braves if Beachy can continue this form the rest of 2013 and into the playoffs. If it does keep up, Braves fans will think less and less about the loss of Tim Hudson.
As I stated earlier, it was a big 1st inning that got the Braves going. They scored all 4 of their 1st inning runs off of home runs. The first came when Justin Upton crushed a ball to left field, to get the runs started. Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann were on base when Chris Johnson got in on the home run party. The 3-run shot by Johnson gave the Braves a 4-0 lead.
Things got a little intense for the Braves for a 2nd time this week. If you remember the Nationals series, you will remember that benches cleared after Bryce Harper was hit by Julio Teheran. This time it was a Braves batter that got hit. Dan Uggla got hit on the elbow after Chris Johnson belted the 2nd home run of the inning. Uggla took exception to getting hit and had a few words with Marlins starter, Jacob Turner. Thankfully, it went no further than that as both benches were warned.
Another home run led to the Braves 5th and final run of the game. This home run came off the bat of Brian McCann. McCann’s home run that barely cleared the wall in center, gave the Braves a commanding 5-0 lead.
Jason Heyward continues to do well for the Braves in the leadoff spot. He finished 2-4 on Friday. Brian McCann (2-4) joined Heyward as the only 2 Braves with a multi-hit game.
They 1-5 spot in the Atlanta lineup provided all the offense on Friday night. Heyward, J. Upton, Freeman, McCann, and Chris Johnson combined to go 7-19 (.368 Avg). They also provided all the runs and RBIs in the Braves win on Friday night.
Brandon Beachy: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, and 6 K’s
I’ve already stated in this game article how dominating Beachy was tonight. He had great command on all his pitches and shut down the Marlin’s bats. This start was huge as the starters will need to step up big time in October.
The Braves are now 1 game away from tying the franchise record of 15 straight wins. It is the 2000 Braves that hold that record.
Right now, the Pirates are getting crushed by the Rockies. Unless the Pirates make a big comeback, the Braves will have a ½ game lead for home field in the playoffs. I think we all know how important it will be for Braves to get home field come October.
The Braves will look to tie the franchise mark tomorrow night as they go for their 15th straight win. Alex Wood (2-2, 3.20) has been great in his last 2 starts and will look to keep it going tomorrow night against Nate Eovaldi (2-2, 3.19).