Atlanta has another chance to get back to .500.
Newly acquired Jorge Soler and Richard Rodriguez made their Braves debut in Saturday’s win. Soler recorded three hits and was part of a new-look outfield alignment that also saw Adam Duvall in left and Joc Pederson in center. However, it was a familiar face that made the biggest impact Saturday as Dansby Swanson exploded for two homers and seven RBIs in the rout.
Swanson’s 20 home runs are a career-high and are tied for the most by a shortstop in franchise history. Denis Menke hit 20 for the Milwaukee Braves in 1964. Swanson has been red hot of late hitting .323/.376/.656 with 10 doubles and seven home runs over his last 23 games.
The additions of Duvall and Soler allowed Brian Snitker to drop Swanson to seventh in the order Saturday night and the team finally saw some production from the bottom of the order.
The win once again pulled the Braves to within a game of the .500 mark at 52-53. They moved past the Phillies, who fell to the Pirates Saturday, but remain four games behind the Mets in the NL East standings after New York came from behind to beat the Reds 5-4. Atlanta needs to find a way to string together some wins. Dating back to July 16 against the Rays, Atlanta is 8-8 and have alternated wins and losses. Missing in that stretch is the suspended doubleheader game against the Padres which will be resumed in September.
Charlie Morton will make his 22nd start of the season for the Braves in Sunday’s series finale. Morton allowed five hits and three runs over five innings in his last start in New York. He has allowed three runs or less in seven of his last eight starts. This will be his first appearance against Milwaukee this season.
The Brewers will counter with left-handed Brett Anderson who is coming off one of his best outings of the season where he held the Pirates to three hits over six shutout innings. The Braves hit him hard back in May where he allowed eight hits and four runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Sunday’s game is scheduled to get underway at 1:20 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports Southeast.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, August 1, 1:20 p.m. ET
Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Bally Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network