The Miami Marlins have an ability unlike any other team in the MLB to beat the league’s top teams, such as the Washington Nationals, New York Mets, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, they also have the ability to lose to the MLB’s cellar dwellers, such as the Atlanta Braves.
Well guess what, the Marlins met up with the Braves tonight, as they looked to get revenge for a series sweep earlier in the season. Miami got off to a fast start, which they failed to do in the first series. Marcell Ozuna continued his red hot play by doubling to center, which scored Ichiro, and that gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead.
A few batters later, Justin Bour grounded out, which scored former long-time Brave Martin Prado, and the Marlins had a 2-0 lead. When you look at the Braves, you’d think that this lead would suffice, but never trust the Marlins to hold a lead.
Tyler Flowers doubled to center, which scored first baseman Freddie Freeman, and it cut the Marlins lead to 2-1. Two batters later, Jeff Francoeur singled to center, which scored Flowers, and what a shock, the Marlins blew the lead. Atlanta tied the game at 2 heading into the sixth inning.
After being deadlocked at 2 for a few innings, the Braves finally created some separation. Nick Markakis singled to left, which scored Gordon Beckham and Freeman, and the Braves held a 4-2 lead. Arodys Vizcaino completed the save, and the Braves defeated the Marlins 4-2, as Miami has yet to defeat the Braves this year.
Giancarlo Stanton was out for the second straight game, but Ozuna went 3-4 as he stepped up in his absence. Adam Conley got the start for Miami, and he continued to struggle. He went just 4.1 innings, he struck out three batters and gave up eight hits, while allowing two runs.
Williams Perez was on the hill for the Braves, and he went 6.0 innings for Atlanta. He gave up seven hits and he struck out three batters. Miami can’t seem to beat the Braves, as they are now 0-4 against them this year. The Braves outhit the Marlins, 14-8. Game 2 of the series kicks off tomorrow at Turner Field, as the Marlins look to pick up their first win against the Braves this season.
Hero of the Game: Nick Markakis (0.33)
Goat of the Game: David Phelps (-0.33)
Play of the Game: Nick Markakis singles to left, Gordon Beckham and Freddie Freeman score