The Braves kicked off their series in south Florida with a sound beating of the lowly Marlins, winning 12-1 behind impressive showings by Charlie Culberson, Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and... well yeah I think you get the point, everybody played well. Sean Newcomb got off to a bit of a rocky start, struggling with his command for the first three innings, but settled in to pitch six innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts. As noted above, the offense was the real story in this one, with six Braves going for multi-hit games, giving the club 16 hits overall in the game. Charlie Culberson, in particular, was fantastic as he collected four hits, including two doubles, with three RBI.
Braves beat writer Mark Bowman writes that the club is hoping to slot closer Arodys Vizcaino back into the bullpen very soon, but are less optimistic about the chances of having rookie right-hander Mike Soroka rejoining the rotation this season. Soroka went on the 60-day disabled list with shoulder discomfort, and while the issue does not appear to be structural, the Braves are expected to be especially cautious given the age of their young hurler and the repetitive nature of his ailment.
Snitker said #Braves are aiming to have Ozzie back in lineup Thursday after Wednesday's team day off. He ran some today in outfield before game, is doing better but they're being cautious.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) July 23, 2018
The Braves have a scout at the Rangers' game tonight. Jake Diekman is a potential target. They also have a scout at the Rangers-Royals game. Nick Castellanos is another potential target.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 24, 2018
The Braves are back in first-place as the Phillies fall to the Dodgers in a dramatic late-inning collapse.