Braves > Freeman’s Homers Not Enough to Lift Braves Over D-Backs

| June 4, 2015

Braves Baseball

Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports

PHOENIX – The Braves once again lost a high scoring game by a single run in the late innings on Wednesday’s final game with the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was the final game of the West Coast road trip for the Braves, who finished the trip with a record of 4-6.

Besides Teheran’s tough start to the season, the Braves starting pitching have kept them in games, and in the National League East division race. The last two games have been deflating wins for the home team, as the Braves bullpen continues to struggle to get the ball to Jason Grilli in the ninth.

Markakis started the game off in the top of the first with another double, his 13th of the season, to put the Braves up 1-0.

The Braves would follow with five more runs in the second, including Freddie Freeman’s ninth home run of the season off of Arizona’s starter, Rubby De La Rosa. Freeman would later hit his tenth of the season, which gives him five long balls in his last six games. Freddie said earlier in the series that he sees the ball well at Chase Field and he continued to show it on Wednesday. Braves fans can only hope Turner Field will bring the same results over the weekend against the Pirates.

Mike Foltynewicz (3-2) was the starter for the Braves on Wednesday afternoon and went 5.2 innings, while giving up four runs on eight hits. The eight hits tied Folty’s season high, as he did not factor into the decision.

The Diamondbacks got to Foltynewicz for one in the second, and two in the third, before giving up a home run to A.J. Pollack (7) in the bottom of the fifth. This was the second consecutive game that Pollack took one deep on the Braves.

This was a game to watch for the fan that enjoys a lot of offense. There was a run scored in each inning between the two teams. For the Braves, they could only hope the bullpen would give up a few less than usual from the sixth to the eighth innings.

That did not happen as the D-backs kept pouring on the runs and tied the game in the seventh on a Chris Owings single. On Tuesday, it was Brandon Cunniff that gave up the lead, and Wednesday it was Jim Johnson that took the loss.

Atlanta went into the ninth inning, and once again tried to rally from behind. A.J. Pierzynksi (4) homered to right center off Arizona’s closer, Brad Ziegler, but it was not enough, as the Braves fell again in the desert by a score of 9-8.

Fredi Gonzalez remained optimistic telling MLB.com, “We had a chance to go 6-4 or maybe even better than that if…those innings that they scored, those middle innings, if we get some shutdowns there.”

Though Gonzalez did not avoid the elephant in the room as the talked to AJC reporters, “10-game road trip, I think our bullpen got exposed a little bit, or some areas of the bullpen got exposed. We need to fix that.”

The Braves will be back home on Thursday and enjoy an off day before starting a three game set over the weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Friday night’s game will start at 7:35 PM from Turner Field, with Williams Perez (1-0) going against Charlie Morton (2-0) of the Pirates.

With all the bullpen woes of late, Braves fans may be seeing a new and familiar face back on the team. Peter Moylan, the 36-year-old Aussie coming off of two Tommy John surgeries, is working his way back at Triple-A Gwinnett. Moylan pitched with the Braves from 2006-2012, before being signed by the Dodgers in 2013.


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