1.5 games back in the NL East.
The Atlanta Braves began the second half with an 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. It was a spectacular outing for Charlie Morton, who tossed six scoreless innings and surrendered just two hits.
After a lengthy pitchers duel, the Braves were finally able to break through in the seventh against Shohei Ohtani. Dansby Swanson led off the inning with a walk just before Matt Olson sent a pitch to the Chop House to give the Braves a two run advantage.
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“He’s obviously a really talented arm,” Olson said of Ohtani. “I was just able to get a pitch over the middle. He didn’t make too many mistakes tonight and I’m glad I did something.”
“Baseball is a weird game,” he added. “Sometimes one swing can spark something. It was a good win. I hope we can keep it going.”
The Braves have the opportunity to win the series tonight at 7:20 ET as Kyle Wright faces lefty Patrick Sandoval.
The Braves announced that OF Dwight Smith passed away at age 58. He won the 1995 World Series in Atlanta.
Battery Power TV answers the biggest questions facing the Braves in the second half.
Chicago Cubs reliever Brad Wieck underwent Tommy John surgery, the club announced. He is expected to miss the majority, if not all, of the 2023 season. Wieck has spent the entire 2022 season on the injured list.
New York Yankees reliever Michael King will likely miss the rest of the season after fracturing his throwing elbow. Further testing will soon reveal his recovery time.