Make it 15-4. That’s Atlanta’s record against Miami this year, and I bet the Marlins are ready to be done with us. And unfortunately for us, they are. At this point, you found dissatisfaction that even with our beleaguered offense, we couldn’t put enough runs across to get Mike Soroka a win.
Nonetheless, plenty to be happy about in regards to Soroka. He took a shutout into the 7th, giving up 2 runs on 3 straight hits, but finished strong to record the following line: 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K. The Braves also let him break 100 pitches for only the 5th time in 23 starts. Soroka could very well end the season with a 6 bWAR season. To put that in perspective, a Braves starting pitcher has only cracked 4 bWAR 4 times this decade: Tim Hudson in 2010, Kris Medlen in 2012, and Julio Teheran in 2014 and 2016. What Soroka is doing is unprecedented in recent Atlanta Braves history.
Luke Jackson recorded a scoreless inning with no baserunners and two strikeouts. Mark Melancon also had two strike outs in a scoreless inning, but gave up a shift-induced infield single to Neil Walker. In the last 8 days, the pen has seen a significant improvement as they have a 3.62 ERA in 25.1 IP. They’re also striking out almost a batter an inning with less than 2 walks per 9.
Ronald Acuna delivered the walk-off hit for Atlanta, Freddie Freeman hit his 34th home run, and Adeiny Hechavarria contributed two hits and a RBI. It’s a thin offense until the gang comes back.