Sean Newcomb struck out eight over 5 1/3 while Lane Adams’ fifth inning sacrifice fly was the difference in a 3-2 win for the Braves over the Mets. Newcomb allowed six hits and walked just one while picking up his third win of the season.
Matt Kemp exited Friday’s game in the top of the fifth inning after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring. Kemp has battled hamstring injuries since the opening week of the season including a couple of stints on the disabled list.
Mike Foltynewicz exited Thursday’s start due to a cut on his finger and it will likely force him to miss at least one start. Brian Snitker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Gabe Burns that the team would likely skip Folty on Wednesday. Max Fried or Lucas Sims are the candidates to start in his place.
Ender Inciarte is just 12 hits shy of 200 with 16 games remaining in the regular season. Atlanta hasn’t had a player with 200 hits in a season since Marquis Grissom in 1996. Ralph Garr holds the franchise record with 219.
Ronald Acuna was in attendance at SunTrust Park along with several other minor leagues as the Braves honored their top performers from the 2017 season. Acuna was named as the organization’s player of the year. After beginning the season in High-A, Acuna advanced all the way to Triple-A while elevating his play at each stop. The Braves however elected not to promote him to the majors in September which was a decision that he admitted that he didn’t understand.
"To be honest, I'm not sure what the reasoning was," Acuna said through an interpreter. "But I'm just going to try to come in more prepared after the offseason and the goal remains the same, to reach the big leagues."
While Acuna was taking home the hitting award, Mike Soroka was named as the organization’s pitcher of the year. Soroka excelled in his season at Double-A Mississippi in 2017 and talked with the Gabriel Burns of the AJC about his season and his evolution as a prospect.
Cleveland’s record setting winning streak came to a close Friday night with a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
The Boston Red Sox received a slap on the wrist by commissioner Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball on Friday as they were fined an undisclosed amount for using instant replay equipment and an Apple Watch to steal signs from the Yankees. Manfred said that all 30 clubs has been notified and future violations would involve more serious sanctions.