The Atlanta Braves only needed 1 inning on Monday night to defeat the Miami Marlins. In the 4th inning, the Braves got all 5 of their hits, as well as all 5 of their runs. Other than that, they were pretty much shut down on Monday. The Marlins recorded 8 hits, but only plated 2 runs. The Braves won game 1 of the series, 5-2.
Evan Gattis got the scoring started for the Braves in the 4th. He doubled to left field off of Marlin’s pitcher, Henderson Alvarez. Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman both scored on the double from El Oso Blanco.
The Braves then added runs on back to back singles from 2 of the Johnson’s. Chris Johnson‘s single scored Gattis from 2nd. Then it was Elliot’s turn to single in a run. His single scored Brian McCann and moved Chris Johnson over to 3rd.
Chris Johnson scored the Braves 5th and final run on a wild pitch by Alvarez.
Kris Medlen was sharp on the mound. He allowed runners to reach base, but did a great job keeping them from scoring. He had a shutout going until the 7th inning. In the 7th, Ed Lucas doubled to deep center field to bring in both Juan Pierre and Hechavarria. Lucas’ double gave the Marlins their only 2 runs of the game.
The Braves struggled in 8 of the 9 innings on Monday. It was great to see them still get the win, though they struggled.
Evan Gattis: 1-4, R, and 2 RBIs
Gattis followed up Sunday’s big game with another good one on Monday. His double got the scoring started for the Braves, as he drove in 2 runs. Gattis has been the only Braves player worth boasting about the past few days.
After skipping his last start, Julio Teheran will take the mound tomorrow night for the Braves. The Braves will look to continue trimming their magic number to win the NL East.