The Atlanta Braves used a solo home run by Charlie Culberson and more dominant pitching by Sean Newcomb to defeat the San Diego Padres, 1-0 Saturday evening at Sun Trust Park. Thanks to a Nationals’ loss, Atlanta now leads the NL East division by 2.5 games.
Culberson’s home run came in the fifth and was his third of the season. This one wasn’t a walk-off as his first two were but ended up being just as important.
Sean Newcomb was dealing again allowing two hits over six shutout innings while striking out seven. He lowered his ERA to 2.70 on the season.
Tonight marked @SeanNewk's sixth start this season without allowing a run. That is the most such starts in the majors, one more than Justin Verlander and Jacob deGrom.#ChopOn pic.twitter.com/4kY7UoSyWn— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 16, 2018
“I guess it is okay to hit home runs early in the game too.”— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) June 17, 2018
—@Braves outfielder Charlie Culberson reacts his 6️⃣th inning home run and the team win tonight.#Braves | #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/8dMutSCUA8
“It was really good and you now expect that from him… I didn’t want him to lose that game.”— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) June 17, 2018
— @Braves manager Brian Snitker on the performance of Sean Newcomb and the win tonight. #Braves | #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/XoXVmJ1NN3
“I think I am doing a better job of managing everything in general. I am looking at old starts and taking the positives out of it.”— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) June 17, 2018
— @Braves starter Sean Newcomb on his start tonight. #Braves | #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/wPo0wqLxGt