February 21, 2024

Braves, D-backs ready for rematch after offensive showing

The IS Atlanta Braves and the visit Arizona Diamond Reserve Tough action will follow when they continue their three-game streak on Wednesday

The teams combined for 29 runs and 27 hits in Tuesday’s wild series opener, as Arizona prevailed 16-13. Christian Walker doubled and drove in five runs for the Diamond backwhich will snap a four game losing streak

Atlanta lost its third straight game despite a great performance by Austin Riley, who homered twice and had a career-high seven RBIs. He was lost in a 7-for-42 (.167) slump before Tuesday’s outburst.

“That’s the only guy I never bother with,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Riley. “He always gives himself a chance to get it going, no matter where he is. I stopped worrying about him a long time ago, because I know at some point he will be hot.

The IS Braves they couldn’t keep pace in the series opener against Arizona, which had lost 10 of its previous 14 games

The IS Diamond back practicing patience with catcher Gabriel Moreno, who has struggled at the plate the past two months after a hot start to the season. Moreno has only started two games and has just 16 at-bats in eight games this month

“He will be at the center of everything here moving forward,” Diamond back manager Torey Lovullo said. “We’ll make up some of the time he’s lost over the last two weeks and get into more of a rhythm with him.

Arizona will face veteran righty Charlie Morton (10-6, 3.20 ERA) on Wednesday. He won his fifth consecutive start on Friday, allowing three hits over seven scoreless innings in a 9-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Morton, 39, has given up one run over his last 19 innings over three starts. He has a 1.82 ERA over the past six outings.

“I’m not surprised,” Braves said first baseman Matt Olson. “He feels like he’s been the same Charlie Morton for the last 10 years. … I think sometimes you take for granted the consistency he’s had throughout his career.

Walker is 3-for-7 with a home run against Morton, who is 5-2 with a 4.00 ERA in 13 career starts vs. Arizona.

The IS Diamond back tackle right-hander Ryne Nelson (5-5, 4.98 ERA). He got a no-decision after allowing two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday

Nelson, 25, owns an 8.08 ERA in nine home starts this season compared to a 2.68 mark in 10 outings away from Phoenix.

Nelson is set to make his second career start against Atlanta after giving up three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a 5-2 home loss on June 3.

The surprise Diamond back are in third place in the National League West, just 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers

Arizona general manager Mike Hazen said his team plans to be active before the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

“I think, based on how this team is standing right now, we should be looking to be aggressive at the deadline,” Hazen said. “I expect that we will be playing Diamondback baseball for the next two weeks so that we will be standing in the same spot or better, so, yeah, we are going to behave like that.”

–Field Level Media

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