Dansby Swanson hit a go-ahead solo home run in the 4th, and when that wasn’t enough, he striped a walk-off single in the 9th to give the Braves a 2 – 1 series victory. Swanson’s based loaded hit bailed out Arodys Vizcaino, who gave up a game tying solo home run in the 9th to Curtis Granderson.
Granderson’s pinch hit denied Sean Newcomb a win despite 7 innings of 2 run ball. Newcomb allowed 4 hits, walked 2 and struck out 2. Unfortunately, 3 of the hits and both walks were bunched in a 2 run 2nd inning. Sean finished strong, retiring the last 14 Marlins he faced.
Freddie Freeman opened the scoring with a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 1st, and scored the game winner in the 9th. Caleb Smith allowed 4 hits and struck out 7 in his 6 innings for the Marlins.
The Braves now stand at 5 – 4, and in 3rd place, 1.5 games back of the first place Phillies. Like Linus in the pumpkin patch, Braves fans await a Great Pumpkin who will never come. The guys we have are the guys we are going to have, Charlie Brown. Let’s see where it goes.