Speed kills. And Atlanta learned that the hard way in the second game of their series against Miami.
A scoreless affair until the top of the ninth inning, Adeiny Hechavarría led off with a triple against Jordan Walden (L, 4-2). Five pitches later, the ball went under the glove of backstop Evan Gattis and allowed Hech to sprint home with the game’s lone run. A run that snapped three streaks in one blow:
- A 22-inning scoreless streak by the Feesh.
- Miami’s six-game losing streak.
- The Braves’ 14-game winning streak.
And if that is not enough for you, this was the first game in Marlins history that ended 1-0 after the winning run scored on a WP. Pretty impresive, huh?
Before those small fireworks and the long faces of Braves fans -oh, how I love those-, both starters exchanged zeroes through seven innings. Nathan Eovaldi posted another impressive start, holding Atlanta to just one hit and two walks while striking out a career-high eight. However, he hasn’t received a single run of support in his last four outings. On the Braves’ side, Alex Wood did his part to handcuff Miami’s bats, conceding just two hits, a free pass and whiffing seven batters.
Mike Dunn retired the last two batters in the 8th for his 3rd win of the season, while Steve Cishek amassed his 24th save despite putting the tying run aboard.