The Braves got off to a torrid start this afternoon after a Freddie Freeman double was followed up by a Nick Markakis single to give Atlanta an early 1-0 lead.
Sean Newcomb was very sharp in his first inning of work striking out both Billy Hamilton and Jose Peraza in a clean inning of work.
The next batter up brought the story of the day as Ronald Acuña Jr. squared up a middle-middle slider for an absolute tank job to the second deck in left field putting Atlanta up 2-0.
Baseball, you’ve been put on notice.— MLB (@MLB) April 26, 2018
Acuña Jr. is the REAL deal. pic.twitter.com/ZxHkgjpPKX
Neither team could really get much going over the next two innings but things began to heat up in the fifth after Sean Newcomb was able to pick up a single to left putting him on base in front of Ozzie Albies. Albies, not to be outdone by his best friend Acuña, proceeded to drive a two run homer out to right doubling the Braves lead to 4-0.
YOU THOUGHT ALBIES WAS GOING TO LET ACUÑA STEAL HIS THUNDER?— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 26, 2018
Home run #⃣8⃣ for Ozzie sets the franchise record for most extra-base hits in the month of April. @Braves | #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/N4C7ni1iEc
Running the bases may have had an effect on Newcomb who was not sharp in the bottom of the fifth. After an Alex Blandino single Newcomb then walked ex-Brave great Phil Gosselin and Billy Hamilton to load the bases with only one out. After a bad decision by Ryan Flaherty to go for a double play against the speed of Billy Hamilton and Jose Peraza instead of getting the out at home in order to keep the game scoreless, Joey Votto made the Braves pay with a three run homer to dead center tying the game up at 4. The two walks that burned Newcomb in the fifth were not entirely his fault as C.B. Bucknor was behind the plate.
The teams then went scoreless in a battle of bullpens for the sixth and seventh innings as Sam Freeman did some good work for the Braves.
In the top of the eighth inning, against Wandy Peralta, the Braves began to get the offense rolling again after a Freddie Freeman double. Again it was Ronald Acuña Jr. coming up big with a bloop double to right field that gave the Braves a lead. Dansby Swanson added some cushion with an RBI single to left that gave Atlanta two runs of room at 6-4 but got picked off at first to end the inning.
Shane Carle continued his fantastic work for the Braves in a scoreless eighth inning of work and the Braves tacked on an insurance run in the form of an Ender Inciarte single (which extends his hitting streak to 10 games) and a double from Ozzie Albies who extends his franchise record of extra base hits in a single month to 19.
Arodys Vizcaino was called upon to get the three final outs and did so working around a two out double and walk to earn Atlanta the series split and take the Atlanta record to 14-10.
The Braves will travel to Philadelphia tomorrow for yet another three game tilt with the Phillies. This time, however, the Braves have a new weapon up their sleeve.