It was an entertaining game for those in attendance at Petco Park last night. The Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres went into the 10th inning tied at 4. That was until Ozzie Albies singled home the go-ahead run, and Tyler Flowers brought home two more runs with a double. You can’t keep giving the Braves opportunities to break through like that or you’re going to pay.
The Padres had more than enough chances to end the game before it went to extra innings. That’s been the story of the Padres’ season thus far. Close but not good enough. The Padres put pressure on the Braves in the bottom of the inning with the bases juiced, but failed to get a clutch hit.
The Braves will look for a sweep this afternoon with their ace on the bump. The win last night felt especially good with the Phillies losing. Another collapse by the Phillies, as they couldn’t close the Nationals out with a 3-0 lead. In other words, nothing has changed from before the All-Star Game.
Phillies’ fans are becoming used to their team blowing what should be wins. Bryce Harper made a fantastic play from the outfield to 3rd base to record an out with a laser throw. Other than that, the Phillies didn’t have much to celebrate. At the plate, Bryce was blanked again with a 0-for-4 night.
He gets a clutch long ball and maybe we’re talking about a win for the Phillies. However, clutch has not been in his DNA in 2019. Clutch is something that should be a prerequisite with a $330-million-dollar contract. Braves’ fans were left with a grin on their faces again after watching him struggle.
The result is a 6-game lead in the NL West for Atlanta. Mike Soroka, who was one of the biggest surprises in the major leagues in the first-half, will be assigned with the starting duties here. Fellow rookie, Cal Quantrill, is scheduled to start for the Padres. Head below for our free Braves vs. Padres pick.
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Mike Soroka may be only a 21-year-old, but he’s already pitched in an All-Star Game. Not only did he appear in the game, but he was effective as well. Soroka needed only ten pitches to get through his inning and exit the game with a clean sheet on his resume. For much of the season, he was pitching like a bona fide Cy Young candidate.
He’s since regressed, but nothing too far off track for him. Soroka had one of his worst starts in his last outing before the break, allowing 9 hits and 4 runs in 4.2 innings against the Phillies. Nevertheless, he still holds an impressive 2.42 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He may have just been looking forward to the All-Star Game and wasn’t focused on the moment.
Soroka’s bread and butter has been on the road as a rookie. He sports an outstanding ERA of 1.29 and 0.84 WHIP in 49 innings as a visiting hurler, with only 2 home runs surrendered. Overall, Soroka has given up just 4 home runs on the season, which is really impressive, especially for a rookie. Expect him to love pitching in this pitcher’s friendly ballpark in San Diego. He’s seen the Padres in 19 at-bats and limited them to a .211 batting average and allowed no runs on the board.
Cal Quantrill wishes that his rookie season was looking this brought. Quantrill hasn’t been horrible, but he’s been on the cusp of getting hit hard and have his season unravel. He goes into Sunday with an ERA of 4.83 and 1.37 WHIP. The Padres sent him to the bullpen for four appearances after struggling to get things under the control in a starting role.
Back as a starter against the Giants, Quantrill was tagged for 5 hits and 3 home runs in 4.1 innings. Petco, which is usually a park appreciated by pitchers, hasn’t worked out well for him. He has posted an ERA of 4.98 and 1.48 WHIP in 21.1 innings on the road. The Braves were solid against Cal in their only meeting with him. They hit .286 with a .304 OBP in 21 at-bats. Look for the Braves to complete the road sweep on Sunday in San Diego.