Max Fried did not have a good outing.
The Braves got started early today in the bottom of the first inning when Ronald Acuna Jr. smacked a drive out to deep center field on the first pitch of the game to put Atlanta up 1-0 immediately. Then, the Braves added on one more run in the first after an Ozzie Albies triple and Freddie Freeman RBI groundout to make it 2-0.
The Marlins responded quickly though in the top of the second inning when Harold Ramirez hit a solo shot to center that cut the lead in half. Max Fried did not have a great day and baseballs were leaving the park with haste for both teams.
The Braves responded again in the bottom of the third with another single run thanks to two doubles from Albies and Markakis. Josh Donaldson walked in between those doubles, but was thrown out at home for the third out of the third inning.
With Atlanta leading 4-2 Fried was finally able to have another clean inning in the top of the fourth, but his un-doing came in the top of the fifth when Miami scored three runs to take a 5-4 lead. This came off the bats of Jorge Alfaro and Yadiel Rivera. The Marlins singled Fried to death as he posted a 5 inning effort with 5 runs allowed. He was able to strike out 7 of Miami’s hitters today which is a good sign.
On the other side Miami got a great showing out of their bullpen. Austin Brice and Nick Anderson had back to back scoreless innings and it was all up to Sergio Romo in the bottom of the ninth with a 5-4 lead.
Romo allowed Markakis to reach on an infield single to start the inning, then got Riley to pop out to center field for the first out. After Riley it was up to Camargo who flied out to right field and then Tyler Flowers ended the game on a strikeout.
The Braves will look to take the series in tomorrow’s game which is the final one before the All-Star break. Stay tuned.