Early on, it looked as if it was going to be an enjoyable Monday night of the Braves. However, after four early runs, Charlie Morton and the Braves bullpen imploded as the Dodgers outscored Atlanta 8-2 the rest of the way for an 8-6 victory. Some luck with balls in play were part of the success for LA, but five runs via the long ball also played a big role in the win. The big blow was a three run home run off the bat of Freddie Freeman in his return to Atlanta.
Though the loss was frustrating and the bullpen continues to be a concern, one bright spot was the continued recent success of Austin Riley. He went 1-2 with two walks on the evening, and is now hitting .308 with an .845 OPS over his last seven games. Sure, this is not peak Austin Riley, but it definitely is a step in the right direction compared to the previous month. He also collected his 500th career hit during the game.
Of course, the Braves are hoping that an eventual turnaround also occurs soon for Michael Harris II, who continues to struggle mightily at the dish. While the Braves are continuing to find ways to win, they certainly have to hope some significant contributors start to have a bit more luck and success as this home stand progresses.
- Nacho Alvarez was one of a few Braves minor leaguers to end the weekend on a high note.
- Ronald Acuña Jr.’s first inning production is on pace to be historic for a single season, per Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
- Before the game the Dodgers, Freddie Freeman seemed to be in a much more certain place than he was last year when he returned to Atlanta.
- The Royals designated Hunter Dozier for assignment.
- Legendary Cardinals and baseball writer and author Rick Hummel passed away at the age of 77.
- MLB and the Mariners announced the 2023 MLB ALL-Star Legacy Initiative.
- The Astros used five home runs to win their eighth straight game.
- Former Brave Julio Teheran opted out of his deal with the Padres.