Braves got some strong pitching from Huascar Ynoa and co. and Adam Duvall met once again as the Braves took the Orioles down 5-1.
You would be forgiven if you thought the launch of Huascar Ynoa would be a recipe for disaster because it, for no other reason, has just been the Braves’ curse this year. In some ways, the Braves’ rotational spots have been like the teaching position Defense Against the Dark Arts in the Harry Potter series. For those who are not familiar, let’s just say that people generally do not last long in the job.
Ynoa, however, performed very skillfully. Throughout the game̵
Unfortunately, the Rotation Curse struck again when Ynoa was forced to leave the game early after the fourth inning with what appeared to be a lumbar disease. Darren O ‘Day came again to relieve him and struck a clean inning of himself with a strike. Ynoa was not lucky enough to throw much further than the fourth, but it was a bummer to see him have to pull the plug early.
The Braves struck first in the third inning as the Ozzie Albies doubled followed by a double by Freddie Freeman’s own that easily scored Ozzie to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. The second run would come out of Adam Duvall’s Ruthian bat, which ended in a solo shot to extend the Braves’ lead to 2-0. As you can see, he has been pretty good too late.
Duvall now has 10 homers in 55 at-bats this month. His team height of 15 homers is tied with Tatis and Betts for the NL lead
– Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) September 16, 2020
After O’Day threw well in the fifth came Will Smith, who has been a bit hit and missed in his role in the bullpen this season after a long absence due to testing positive for COVID-19. However, he was quite good in the sixth inning of this one as it was an easy 1-2-3 inning with a strike.
The next few innings would go by without incident, but the top of the ninth is where the Braves’ offense woke up. After Ronald Acuna Jr. led inning with a walk, Freddie Freeman, who should definitely be considered a frontrunner for the NL MVP award right now, cracked an RBI double to make it a 3-0 game. Then Marcell Ozuna brought him home with an RBI single. Then, a few strokes later, Dansby Swanson brought Ozuna home on a sack fly, and just like that, the Braves were up 5-0.
Mark Melancon came in to shut things out at the bottom of the ninth. Melancon has had some appearances too late that have been more interesting than fans would have liked and this one was not necessarily an exception as he gave up a race after a double from Cedric Mullins led to a race but the rest of the round went without incident, and the Braves secured yet another victory.