MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 1, Atlanta Braves 6

Mike Ehrmann

The Atlanta Braves finished off Brian Flynn and the Miami Marlins, as Flynn struggled with walks in just his second career big league start.


Source: FanGraphs

Attendance: 15,274
Hero of the Game: No one
Goat of the Game: Brian Flynn (-0.350 WPA)
Play of the Game: Evan Gattis doubled to left field in the third inning. Elliot Johnson and Justin Upton scored. Freddie Freeman advanced to third base. (-0.143 WPA)

The finale between the suddenly heated Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves ended with a whimper for the Fish. Brian Flynn struggled significantly versus the Braves, having walked six batters in just four innings. He seemed to have good stuff to fool hitters, as he also struck out four, but the Braves got a few opportune hits when it counted and Flynn gave them the opportunity. Evan Gattis doubled in the third inning to score two runners after Flynn led the inning off with three straight walks Chris Johnson followed with a double to plate the two remaining runners, putting the Braves up 4-0 early in the game.

Freddie Freeman added a home run against Flynn in the fourth inning to give the Braves their six runs and conclude the scoring for the day. It also helped conclude Flynn's difficult outing. He got eight swings and misses in 96 pitches, which is a reasonable 8.3 percent mark, but he also could not find the strike zone consistently. The fastball velocity was also of some concern, as Flynn was averaging just 90.1 mph on his fastballs and hitting 93.5 at the top end. After being advertised for low-to-mid-90's heat, the first two starts have shown disappointing work.

The offense was another disappointing angle from today, as the Fish only gathered seven hits and scored just a solo run off a Donovan Solano single. The only bright offensive spot was Christian Yelich, who got two hits in four tries and walked once.

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