Miami Marlins: Straily Sets Down Atlanta Braves

MIAMI, FL - MAY 11: Dan Straily #58 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on May 11, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 11: Dan Straily #58 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on May 11, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Miami Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves, 2-0 in front of 27,705 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta on Friday night.

Dan Straily (2-0, 3.60) was solid, and earned a 76 GameScore in seven innings of work. It topped his previous best mark with the Miami Marlins, a 75 he earned on April 22nd last season. On that day, he whiffed 14 San Diego Padres in seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and zero walks.

Straily held the Braves scoreless, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out six. Kyle Barraclough and Brad Ziegler each pitched a scoreless relief inning to hold and save the game, respectively. It was Ziegler’s eighth save of the season, and his third in Miami’s last four games.

The Miami Marlins outhit the Braves, six-to-four on a bad night for hitters. Atlanta starter Matt Wisler wasn’t bad himself. He took the loss, allowing both runs in the sixth inning. Wisler struck out five in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a pair of walks. Luiz Gohara, Peter Moylan, and Sam Freeman combined for 3 2/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball, but the damage was already done.

First Three Innings

Wisler’s first inning would see him strike out the side despite allowing a walk to J.T. Realmuto. Straily allowed a leadoff walk on five pitches to Ozzie Albies and a two-out single to Nick Markakis, but got Tyler Flowers to ground out to end any further drama.

Brian Anderson led off the second with a single, but got erased on an inning ending double play by Miguel Rojas. In the bottom of the inning, Straily struck out Ender Inciarte and got Jose Bautista to ground out. Johan Camargo was then initially called safe on a double to right field, but on review he was called out on a solid throw by Anderson.

Wisler and Straily each worked a 1-2-3 inning in the third. Wisler struck out Straily, Straily struck out Wisler, and Straily also struck out Albies.

Middle Three Innings

In the fourth, Justin Bour singled into right field with two outs, but was erased on Anderson’s ground out. Straily got into a little trouble in his half. He walked Freddie Freeman on four pitches , then gave up a double to Markakis to put two in scoring position. Flowers popped out, Straily intentionally walked Inciarte, Bautista struck out, and Camargo drilled one right at Lewis Brinson in center.

Wisler walked Rojas with two out in Miami’s half, but Atlanta erased him on an attempted steal. Straily worked another 1-2-3 frame to get through his fifth without a score.

Straily led off the sixth inning with a strikeout, then Martin Prado singled into right field. He scored a moment later on Realmuto’s triple.

Starlin Castro followed Realmuto’s extra base hit with one of his own, smacking a double to score Realmuto. Straily worked his third 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the inning to hold the 2-0 lead.

Last Three Innings

The Marlins and Braves both went down, 1-2-3 in the seventh. It was the fourth such inning of the day for Straily.

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Cameron Maybin pinch-hit for Straily to lead off the eighth, and struck out. Prado drew a walk, then Realmuto grounded into a double play to end things. Barraclough worked a 1-2-3 inning of his own to get through the eighth.

Castro led off the ninth with a single. Bour popped out, and Anderson grounded into a double play. Ziegler got Freeman to ground out in the bottom of the inning, then Markakis collected his third hit of the day, a single into center field. Flowers dashed any hope of a Braves comeback by grounding into a game-ending double play.

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