In a game that saw both left fielder Matt Kemp and manager Brian Snitker ejected, the Braves downed the Marlins 3-2 behind late clutch hitting from Adonis Garcia and a strong start from Matt Wisler.
After Miami jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a Martin Prado two-run double in the first, Wisler settled down and gave the Braves six innings of two-hit baseball. The Braves would come back to score the game’s final three runs, two of which were driven in by catcher Tyler Flowers. Adonis Garcia provided the decisive run in the top of the ninth, lining an RBI single into left-center field to collect his third hit of the night and give the Braves a 3-2 lead.
Another solid outing by Wisler could go a long way toward building some momentum for 2017. The right-hander has now pitched well in four of his past five starts and is utilizing all of his pitches much more effectively than he has at any point this season. In addition to Wisler’s impressive work, Braves reliever Mauricio Cabrera had yet another clean ninth inning, closing out the game for the second straight night. The flame-throwing rookie has at least established himself as a legitimate candidate to fill the closer role next season, and now has a 2.95 ERA on the season.
The Braves continue to show resiliency at season’s end despite the insignificance of their games from a competitive standpoint, and maybe even more encouraging is the team’s ability to win games with both offense and pitching, as they did tonight. The Braves will take on the Marlins again on Saturday as they attempt to win the series and continue their dominance in Marlins Park, where they are now 6-1 this season.