Here’s a fun fact for those Braves skeptics out there:
The Atlanta Braves are 2-0 on Wednesdays in 2017.
With two outs away and Brandon Phillips on second base in the top of the ninth inning, Tyler Flowers connected on a 92.0 MPH four-seam fastball for a line drive single to center field to score Phillips and give the Braves a 5-4 lead over the Miami Marlins.
Reliever Jim Johnson pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to record his first save of the season and preserve the Braves’ second win, improving them to 2-6 on the season.
Braves starting pitcher Jaime García allowed three earned runs on seven hits while issuing a pair of walks and recording four strikeouts over five innings pitched. García was lifted by the bullpen, however, as Eric O’ Flaherty, Jose Ramirez, Arodys Vizcaino and Johnson combined to pitch four perfect innings of relief - allowing no hits and issuing no walks while compiling five strikeouts.
Vizcaino, who pitched the eighth inning, picked up the win for the Braves.
Ender Inciarte led Atlanta offensively, going 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs. Not to be outdone, Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-3 with a pair of two-run home runs himself.
Stanton’s night improves him to 7-for-10 lifetime against García with three home runs and six RBIs.
With two away and Jace Peterson on second base in the top of the third inning, Inciarte blasted a two-run shot to right field to give the Braves an early lead.
Stanton answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run of his own to tie the game at 2-2.
In the top of the fourth, Freddie Freeman homered to dead-center to retake the lead, putting the Braves up 3-2.
The bottom half of the fourth inning provided the latest chapter in the oddity that is Marlins Park. The Braves are no stranger to facing delays while playing in Miami. There was the 2015 Opening Day rain delay (despite the fact that the Marlins have a retractable roof) and the debut of Rally Cat on Tuesday. During the fourth inning Wednesday night, the game was stopped for a 27-minute span due to a lighting delay.
David O’ Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution tweeted out his thoughts on the whacky nature of the delays the Braves have faced at Marlins Park:
Marlins Park: rain delay at a retractable-roof stadium, now a lighting delay that's aleady been 20 minutes. Unbelievable.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) April 13, 2017
Stanton homered again in the bottom of the fifth inning, this time a two-run shot to left to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead.
Inciarte tied the game once again in the top of the eighth inning with a solo home run to right, bringing the score to 4-4.
At long last, the Braves will come home to open up SunTrust Park against the San Diego Padres on Friday at 7:35 PM ET. Julio Teheran has officially been named Atlanta’s starter for the home opener and will go up against former Brave Jhoulys Chacin.