Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the Braves 1st inning with a home run, like he does, cancelling out a 2 out RBI single by Colin Moran in the top of the inning, and scored the eventual go-ahead run after leading off the bottom of the 8th with a single. The Braves tacked on 3 more runs in the 8th, just for fun; Brad Brach‘s scoreless 9th made those redundant.
Julio Teheran went 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 5. The walk to Gregory Polanco led to the run. Moran ended up with 3 hits.
The Braves hit the ball hard against Nick Kingham, several hit right on the nose, but had nothing to show for it apart from the Acuna homer. 7 of Kingham’s 15 outs were recorded in the outfield, but he allowed just 4 hits, including a double by Acuna, who ended up 3 for 4. Couldn’t be bothered to hit a triple though.
Contra to Kingham, apart from Acuna’s single, the Braves scored their 4 runs in the 8th with only an Ozzie Albies blooper reaching the outfield. The Braves utilized a sacrifice bunt, an error, a walk, an infield single, the aforementioned blooper, a wild pitch, and an infield single to put the game out of reach. The Pirates rode reliever Steven Brault for 57 pitches; he could record only 1 out in his 3rd inning of work. Dan Winkler and Jonny Venters tag-teamed the 8th. Winner, winner, Jonny Venters.
Coupled with a Philadelphia loss, the Braves division lead is now 4 games, which should put Braves Journal at DOOMCON4 (Braves fans never use DOOMCON5. Also not used: DOOMCON2, DOOMCON3.)