The Atlanta Braves' bats continue to lie dormant, as they fell to the Miami Marlins for the second night in a row. Atlanta failed to recover from falling behind in the first inning, losing 7-1 on Tuesday night at Turner Field.
The Marlins clinch the series with the victory and send the Braves to their seventh straight loss and 14th in their last 15 contests.
Miami grabbed a pair of runs to put the Braves in an early hole in the first inning. Christian Yelich and Martin Prado registered back-to-back singles and Justin Bour followed with a walk to load the bases. Marcell Ozuna singled to center to score a run and Cole Gillespie grounded into a fielder's choice to score another.
Atlanta had its own chance to score in the bottom half of the first, as base hits from Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman put runners on the corners. But Nick Swisher grounded into a double play to end the threat.
Hector Olivera went 0-for-4 in his much-anticipated major league debut. In his first at-bat, he grounded out softly back to the mound. He hit a laser to third in his second plate appearance, but the ball was hit right at Prado for another groundout. Olivera struck out and flew out to center field in his final two attempts at the dish. The 30-year-old rookie also made a diving play to his left at third base to take away a hit.
"Remember, this was his first time playing in the big leagues. I thought he did a nice job," Fredi Gonzalez said after the game.
As has been the case recently, the Braves cannot seem to catch a break. The bottom of the third was no exception to the rule. The Braves loaded the bases with no outs by way of a Daniel Castro single, Sugar Ray Marimon bunt hit, and Markakis hit-by-pitch. Cameron Maybin followed with a line drive that was snared out of the air by a diving Bour at first base. Bour hopped up and scampered to the bag at first to double off Markakis. Freeman grounded out to end the frame.
Atlanta plated its run in the eighth inning via an RBI single from A.J. Pierzynski. The Braves threatened to score in the seventh, putting two men in scoring position, but failed to score. Pierzynski joined Freeman with two hits apiece on the night.
Manny Banuelos was activated from the disabled list to make the start for the Braves, but only lasted 2.2 innings because he was not stretched out to pitch deep into the game. He surrendered three runs on six hits. Marimon put forth a great effort to save the bullpen, allowing three hits and three runs in 3.1 innings.
Ryan Kelly inherited two of Marimon's runners in the seventh, and allowed them both to score when Bour crushed a ball into the Braves' bullpen in right field.
Right-handed pitcher Danny Burawa was among the Braves callups on the day, as the rosters are allowed to expand in September. Burawa made his big league debut with the Yankees earlier this season, and was the Braves 58th player used this season (already well past a franchise record). He retired all six betters he faced, and struck out the side in the Marlins' half of the ninth.
"I was impressed with Dan Burawa coming in to pitch," Gonzalez said. "That was a nice couple of innings watching that young man pitch."
Marlins starter Justin Nicolino was sensational, hurling seven shutout innings. He allowed six hits and a pair of walks to go along with three strikeouts. He also managed to register a base hit in the game.
It is also worth noting that Jace Peterson made a pair of stellar plays from his perch at second base. He ended the second by picking a one-hopper off the bat of Yelich. In the sixth, Peterson laid out to his right to field a grounder from Adeiny Hechavarria, and successfully made a hurried throw to Freeman to retire the speedy shortstop.
The Braves will recall Williams Perez (4-5 W-L, 5.56 ERA) to the mound in the series finale opposite of Marlins starter Adam Conley, who has a 2-1 record with a 4.96 ERA in five starts this season. Mike Foltynewicz heads to the DL to allow Perez to be activated within ten days of being sent to Triple-A. First pitch for the getaway day matchup is set for 12:10 p.m ET on SportSouth.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RHP Williams Perez will start tomorrow's game vs. Miami. Additionally, Mike Foltynewicz placed on 15-day DL with costochondritis.</p>— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) <a href="https://twitter.com/Braves/status/638904599538176000">September 2, 2015</a></blockquote>
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