Monday night was not a full moon in Atlanta, but the plays that took place at Turner Field sure left a strange feeling in the air.
The game started and ended all Braves.
Atlanta tagged starter Andrew Cashner for seven runs in two-plus innings of work. Miami found themselves down 7-0 and searching for answers in the top half of the fourth.
Braves' starter Mike Foltynewicz threw a first-pitch heater that drilled Marcell Ozuna in the left leg, seemingly knocking him out of the game. However, Ozuna stayed in the game for the time being (he left the next inning).
The Marlins went on to get seven hits in the frame, including a line drive single from Ozuna in his second at-bat of the inning. In fact, Ozuna laced a liner off of the left left of the pitcher Foltynewicz, hitting him in the same spot the righty had drilled him to start the frame. Foltynewicz immediately came out of the game and the Marlins suddenly had new life at 7-5.
Still down just two, the Fish put up a pair of runs in the sixth on a Martin Prado RBI single and a pinch-hit sac fly by Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded.
A team desperate for wins and doing everything they can to stay in the Wild Card chase had pulled even after falling down 7-0 in the early going.
It would all be for nothing as the Braves would put up runs in each of the next three innings to pull away with a 12-7 win.
Brian Ellington did what he could to limit the damage, but Fernando Rodney imploded with three runs, three hits, two walks and no outs.
To add to the already weird series of events, shortstop Dansby Swanson was knocked out of the game too. It wasn't an injury at the plate or in the field on a line drive, rather, he was hit on a throw by his own catcher, Tyler Flowers, during warm-up pitches in between innings.
- The Marlins had six different players with two hits or more in the game.
- The Fish, who have struggled mightily with the bats, had 17 total hits -- but so did the Braves. The two team combined for 34 hits and 19 runs.
- Miami is now a terrible 4-9 against the bottom-dwelling Braves this season.
- Ichiro Suzuki added another three hits to his historic career, surpassing Lou Brock at 25th on the all-time hits list.