Mike Soroka threw 7 scoreless innings, and Freddie Freeman broke open a scoreless game in the top of the 8th with a 3 run homer. Singles by Matt Joyce and Ronald Acuna Jr. preceded Freeman’s 24th. The Braves tacked on a run after the rally-killer, when Josh Donaldson walked, and got into 2 out scoring position with a belly-flopping steal of second. The Bringer of Earthquakes then scored on a Nick Markakis single.
The Padres concluded the scoring in the bottom of the inning. Touki Toussaint relieved Soroka, and 2 singles and a walk loaded the bases with 1 out. Sean Newcomb induced a foul-out, but Josh Naylor‘s 3rd hit of the game scored Fernando Tatis Jr., on base himself with the 3rd of what would be 4 hits. It was left to Chad Sobotka to strike out Hunter Renfroe with the merry-go-round in motion on a 3 – 2 count.
Soroka allowed 6 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 9. Acuna saved Mike a run or 2 in the 5th, robbing Manny Machado at the wall. A.J. Minter picked up his 5th save, allowing only a single to Tatis, but who didn’t? Cal Quantrill limited the Braves to 3 hits in his 6 innings. You can get pitch by pitch details from here.
The Braves sweep the 3 game series, and open up a 7 game lead over the Nationals. At Milwaukee Monday at 8:10 Eastern; Max Fried vs. Adrian Houser scheduled.