The Atlanta Braves won the first two series of the season against the Nationals and Cardinals, going 5-1 in those games. They followed that up by losing a four-game series against the Padres to open their first home stand of the year.
Entering last night’s game against the Reds, the Braves were hoping to snap a three-game losing streak and get back on the winning track. Atlanta came into the game with a 6-4 record and in first place in the NL East.
Bryce Elder Continues to Dominate
The Braves sent Bryce Elder to the mound in his second start of the season while the Reds rolled with Graham Ashcraft.
Both starters pitched well but Ashcraft began to crack at the end of his outing. Elder went 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts, just one walk, and no runs allowed.
Over his past seven starts, Elder has posted a stellar 1.40 ERA.
Muprhy and Arcia Get the Bats Started
Sean Murphy walks it off in 10th with first homer of the season
Sean Murphy had a big game with the bat and capped it off with his first home run of the season. The walkoff ended the game in the 10th inning. Murphy finished the night 3-5 with three RBI from the cleanup spot just one day after Travis d’Arnaud was placed on the IL7 list with a concussion.
Atlanta Braves Nightly Noteables
Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-5 bringing his average to .340 on the season.
Sean Murphy’s big night brough his average up to .240 but his .424 OBP and .480 SLG give him a stellar .904 OPS on the young season.
Jesse Chavez finished the final two outs of the sixth in relief of Elder without allowing a run, earning his third hold of the season. Chavez has yet to allow a run this season.
Nick Anderson earned his second hold of the season despite allowing one run in one inning pitched. Anderson now has seven strikeouts over just four and two-thirds innings.
Dylan Lee earned the win with a shutdown 10th inning. Lee is following up his stellar 2022 campaign (2.13 ERA) with a scoreless 2023 after 4.2 innings.
The top four players at the top of the Braves lineup last night now have OBPs over .400 on the season.
Ronald Acuna Jr. Hits the Umpire with Ice Bath
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