Friday, July 1, 2016

Braves rally after rain delay to beat Marlins

Pinch-hitter Brandon Snyder's two-run triple off Mike Dunn highlighted a four-run sixth inning that enabled the Braves to further frustrate the Marlins in claiming an 8-5 win on Thursday night at Turner Field.
Tyler Flowers recorded a career-high three doubles, including one that chased Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen in the sixth. Erick Aybar greeted Dunn with a game-tying infield single, and Snyder followed with his two-run triple. Chase d'Arnaud capped the sixth inning with a RBI single for the Braves.
Miami scored a pair of two-out runs in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate, butMauricio Cabrera retired pinch-hitter Cole Gillespie on a lineout to record his first save.
"It was a little too eventful, but we won the game, and that's the main thing,' said Braves manager Brian Snitker, whose team has gone 7-2 against the Marlins and 20-50 against all other opponents.
Justin Bour provided the Marlins an early lead with a three-run homer off Mike Foltynewiczin the second. Foltynewicz did not return after rain halted play during the middle of the third inning for 68 minutes. But the Marlins stayed with Chen, who allowed three hits, includingFreddie Freeman's RBI triple, during Atlanta's two-run third. Mike Dunn surrendered four hits, including Brandon Snyder's go-ahead two-run triple and Chase d'Arnaud's decisive two-out RBI single, in Atlanta's four-run sixth.
"Frustrating, in a sense, really with myself, to be honest with you," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of his club's struggles with the Braves. "I feel like somewhere, we're not getting prepared properly. I feel like I'm missing something with this. I just have to do a better job of getting us ready to play."
The game resumed after the delay at 9:09 p.m. ET, and Mattingly said his cutoff point to send Chen back out was at 9:15 p.m.
"I didn't think [the delay] was a big problem because I had been ready to go and pitch again," Chen said through his interpreter. "Today, it wasn't my best condition, and I missed some spots, and I couldn't control the game as I wished."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Sudden uprising: Flowers' sixth-inning double gave him the first multi-double game of his career and, more importantly, set the stage for the decisive rally. Aybar's game-tying single deflected off the glove of Dunn, the former Atlanta lefty who has allowed hits to four of the six Braves batters he has faced this season. Snyder's pinch-hit triple gave him five extra-base hits through 19 at-bats this season.
"It wasn't the prettiest [game]," Flowers said. "It was a long one, for sure. We did a good job of tacking on runs and taking advantage of some two-out situations. That's always a plus. Our pitching did a good job all and all to shut them down and eliminate the big innings." More >
Bour's big moment, month: It was the biggest moment of the game before the rain delay. Bour's homer gave the Marlins a three-run cushion, and it also capped an impressive month for the left-handed-hitting first baseman. Bour also drew two walks, including with two outs in the ninth inning, and he went on to score. In June, Bour connected on six home runs while driving in 20 runs.
"I just noticed, it wasn't good enough tonight," Bour said. "We've got to move on and get to tomorrow. No real excuse. It wasn't good enough today. We've got to do better tomorrow."More >
Piecing it together: The long rain delay limited Foltynewicz to just three innings in his first start since going on the disabled list on June 3 with a bone spur in his right elbow. Tyrell Jenkins pitched around three fifth-inning walks over 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and the Marlins did not tally another run until Ichiro Suzuki ended Jim Johnson's 11-inning scoreless streak with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
"Just out of the stretch [in the second inning], I didn't get a good rhythm," Foltynewicz said. "I think I got a little excited and just kind of rushed through things. But other than that, everything felt good for me."
LOBs piling up: Stranding runners, a problem in their two losses at Detroit, carried over for the Marlins. A pivotal moment for Miami came in the fifth inning when Jenkins walked the bases loaded with two outs. With the Marlins ahead, 3-2, J.T. Realmuto had a 2-0 count before Jenkins regrouped and fanned the Miami catcher to retire the side. In the eighth inning with two outs, Christian Yelich went down swinging. The Marlins left 13 on base, which is one reason they have now lost three straight. In each of the two losses at Detroit to open the road trip, Miami stranded 12.
Mattingly and hitting coach Barry Bonds discussed stranding runners before the game and how better to approach situational hitting.
"How do we attack it?" Mattingly said. "We're not quite sure. I don't really have an answer for that. But the name of the game is runs, not necessarily hits. I think that's where we're falling short a little bit. But I think we know we're capable. I think that's the one thing we need to continue to look at, and stay positive. We're getting hits. Tonight, we throw up some runs. But in general, runs we have to get offensively better at. I think that's one of the areas we need to improve."
QUOTABLE
"We're not getting them out. We're having trouble in different areas. You always go back to yourself and say, 'We've got to prepare better. We've got to get ready for their hitters better. We've got to get ready for their pitchers better.' That kind of comes back to me." -- Mattingly, taking blame for his club's 2-7 record vs. Atlanta
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Freeman has recorded four triples in his past 98 plate appearances, dating back to June 7. Before this stretch, he had totaled eight triples through the first 3,337 plate appearances of his career.
MLB ERRORLESS STREAK SNAPPED
The Marlins' historical defensive streak also came to an end. Leading off the eighth inning,Emilio Bonifacio hit a grounder to third that Martin Prado couldn't handle. The misplay went as an error, which snapped Miami's streak of 28 straight games without an error committed by an infielder. According to STATS LLC, that's the longest such streak in MLB's modern era. STAT's data dates back to 1913. Prior to Prado's error, the last miscue by a Marlins infielder came on May 29, by second baseman Derek Dietrich, also at Atlanta.
WHAT'S NEXT
Marlins: The Marlins will call up left-hander Justin Nicolino (2-4, 5.17 ERA) to start Friday's 7:35 p.m. ET contest at Turner Field. He was optioned on June 19 to Triple-A New Orleans.
Braves: Julio Teheran will carry a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings into Friday's start. Teheran has produced a 1.72 ERA over his past 13 starts. He allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Marlins on May 29 at Turner Field.

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