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The Atlanta Braves win and secure a postseason spot. For the Miami Marlins, it was another wasted Nathan Eovaldi pitching effort and a loss on a career night by Donovan Solano.
The Miami Marlins lost to the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Tuesday night. Mike Dunn blew the save in the ninth when Freddie Freeman hit a walk off, two run home runto center. The ballpark in Atlanta went crazy as with the win, the Braves clinched a spot in the postseason. They will probably have to play in the one-game playoff first versus the fifth seeded team. But on this night, none of that mattered as they came back to beat the Marlins again.
Eovaldi Pitches Well Again
Suddenly Nathan Eovaldi has turned into a strikeout machine. The young righty recorded eight punch outs over his six innings (five strikeouts in his last start). He was taken out after six innings because he had thrown more than 100 pitches (102 to be exact). However, he only allowed two runs while only giving up four hits. He lowers his ERA to 4.29. And even though he left the game down a run, he did not pick up the loss because the Marlins actually led in this game going into the ninth.
Historic Night for Solano
Donovan Solano hit two home runs in this game with three RBIs, the only offense the Marlins would provide in this one. He hit his first career home run in the second inning, a solo shot. And then he hit a bomb to center (417 feet) in the seventh inning to put the Marlins out in front 3-2. It was not only that Solano hit two home runs that was surprising. He hit both of them off Braves starter Kris Medlen. This is the same pitcher that has given the Marlins fits the last few weeks.
Bell Actually Pitches
Heath Bell came on in the eighth inning. He retired the only three batters he faced, with two ground outs and a fly out. I was surprised to see Bell pitch at all considering all of the media attention he has called to himself the last few days. Although the club has not said anything, I thought for sure Bell would not pitch at least for a few days. But there he was pitching, and pitching well.