The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins played game 1 of their 3-game series tonight at Turner Field. The Braves won the game 4-2 in extra innings, although they came very close to losing because of their continues bullpen and defensive issues. Atlanta improves their season record to 13-6. Miami falls to 9-11; their road record is now 0-7 this year.
Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran pitched really well, working 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a walk; he struck out 8 Marlins. He gets a no-decision. This start by Teheran continues Atlanta’s season trend of their starting pitcher’s immense success through the first 19 games of the year.
Miami’s starter Tom Koehler was almost as good as Teheran. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Like Teheran, he had 8 strikeouts and receives a no-decision. Both starting pitcher’s even threw the same amount of pitches, 92.
The first run of the game was scored by Miami in the 2nd inning when 1st baseman Garrett Jones hit his 3rd home run of the season. The Braves tied the game in the bottom of the 5th inning with Andrelton’s Simmons’ 3rd homer of the season. Atlanta took the lead in the bottom of the 7th with a Jason Heyward RBI single. With a 2-1 lead, Craig Kimbrel came in to try to save the game in the top of the 9th. He blew the save after giving up an RBI double to Marlins pinch hitter Derek Dietrich. However, with runners on 2nd and 3rd and nobody out, Kimbrel struck out three straight Marlins to keep the score tied 2-2.
Despite a lead-off double by Jordan Schafer in the bottom of the 9th, the Braves didn’t score after Chris Johnson grounded out to 2nd with the bases loaded and two outs. Anthony Varvaro came on in relief in the top of the 10th inning; he allowed 2 hits but got Jeff Mathis to ground into an inning ending double play. Varvaro is credited with his 1st win of the season. After a Dan Uggla single, Evan Gattis ended the game with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 10th to win the game for Atlanta. It was Gattis’ 5th home run of the season. Arquimedes Caminero was on the mound for Miami and takes the loss, his 1st.
The only stolen base of the game came from Miami’s Christian Yelich, his 4th of the season. The Braves continued to make errors; they had 3 tonight, one each from Andrelton Simmons, Evan Gattis, and Dan Uggla.
The Braves and Marlins play the 2nd game of their series tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:10 EST. Alex Wood (2-2, 1.67 ERA) will start the game for the Braves, while Jose Fernandez (2-1, 2.66 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for Miami.
By Chris Castle