Friday marked an anticlimactic day for the Atlanta Braves, who dropped game two of a four game series to the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-4. The Braves’ bats were hot, out-hitting the Phils 11-7. Austin Riley extended his hitting streak to nine games, while Marcell Ozuna and Michael Harris II each went deep.
The pitching staff, however, issued seven walks. Three were issued by starter Jared Shuster, and Joe Jimenez, Lucas Luetge, and Collin McHugh each surrendered a base on balls.
Unfortunately for the Braves, closer Craig Kimbrel recorded his 400th career save and became the eighth pitcher in major league history to do so. The silver lining is that 186 of those saves came in a Braves uniform, still holding the franchise record.
Craig Kimbrel becomes the 8th reliever ever to reach 400 saves.— MLB (@MLB) May 27, 2023
And he does it in Atlanta, where it all started. pic.twitter.com/QwrDi6z5yi
The Braves look to get back into the win column today as Charlie Morton starts a pivotal game three against righty Zack Wheeler.
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20-year-old AJ Smith-Shawver earned another start for Triple-A Gwinnett and tossed seven solid innings, despite taking a loss. More in the minor league recap.
Battery Power TV looks at the numbers of Marcell Ozuna and Bryce Elder during the month of May and discusses their Player of the Month candidacy.
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Willy Adames was hospitalized after taking a line drive to the head on Friday night. Testing did not reveal any fractures, but the club placed Adames on the concussion injured list.
Veteran infielder Jose Iglesias has opted out of his minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.