Braves > Braves Lose Game Two in Grilli’s Return

| May 13, 2015

Braves Baseball

CINCINNATI – It was a beautiful night for baseball in Cincinnati with a first pitch temperature of 69 degrees and no rain in the forecast for game two of the series between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds.

Atlanta was able to take game one Monday night, but the trend of losing games in the late innings have haunted the Braves in recent days. This continued Tuesday night as the Reds defeated the Braves by the score of 4-3.

Mike Foltynewicz (2-0) was going for his third straight win and second against the Reds, but was hit with the no decision after throwing 6.2 innings and giving up two earned runs on six hits and four walks.

The big 6’4, 23-year-old right hander has looked solid for the Braves in his first few starts, despite throwing deep into counts with high walk totals. Foltynewicz has pitched deeper in each of his three starts, and has struck out seven batters in each of his last two.

Anthony DeSclafani (2-3) took the mound for the Reds, and also failed to factor into the decision. This one would come down to the bullpens.

The scoring started off with a two-run home run by Todd Frazier in the bottom of the first to left field.

The Braves responded in the third inning with a Kelly Johnson double, scoring Andrelton Simmons. Alberto Callaspo followed with a sac fly, scoring Freeman.
Nick Markakis continued his hitting streak to eight games with a hit in the first, followed by an RBI double in the fourth. That made the score 3-2 in favor of Atlanta.

Fredi Gonzalez made the pitching change in the seventh after Foltynewicz gave up the game-tying run on a sac fly by Marlon Byrd, following a throwing error by the pitcher earlier in the inning.

With a tie game going into the top of the ninth, Reds manager, Bryan Price, went back with Chapman after his closer took losses in both of the teams previous two games. This time the reliable stopper finished the inning, putting the Reds in position to take the game in the bottom half of the inning.

In came Jason Grilli, making his return after dealing with back spasms.

Former Brave, Brayan Pena, got the rally started on a base hit with one out. Pena, not the fleetest of foot, was replaced by pinch runner, Michael Lorenzen. Devin Mesoraco also came in to pinch hit and hit a sharp line drive down the left field line.

The ball did not seem to come off the wall the way Jonny Gomes expected it to. As the ball was being relayed to Simmons, it seemed like a clear path to the plate for out number two. That was, until the ball popped out of Andrelton’s glove and the runner was safe.

Mesoraco came into the game with a long history with Grilli and spoke after the game with Fox Sports Ohio,

“Jason comes right after you. I knew that I had to be ready right when I got into the box. He put one over the plate and I was able to put the bat on the ball.”

Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, “Nine times out of ten, Simba makes that exchange and he’s out by 20 feet. Today, we didn’t make that exchange.”

Another disheartening finish for the Braves, but there are plenty of positives to take away for Braves fans. Foltynewicz seems to be getting better with each start and this could not be more timely with the news that Mike Minor will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery this week.

The Braves will try to bounce back Wednesday night with a chance to take the series from the Reds before they take off to Miami to finish the road trip over the weekend. First pitch will once again be at 7:10, with Eric Stults (1-3) going for Atlanta. Raisel Iglesias (NR) will make his second start for Cincinnati.

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