The Atlanta Braves completed their three-game series with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon, falling by a final score of 1-0. With the loss, the Braves now sit at 14-5 overall for the year.
Atlanta Braves fall 1-0 to Padres in series finale
Drawing the start on the mound for Atlanta was right-hander Charlie Morton, who would impress in what was arguably his best start of the year so far, going six innings of one run ball. Morton would also allow five hits on three walks with five strikeouts.
Coming in for relief after Morton would be right-hander Joe Jiménez, who worked a clean seventh inning. Left-hander Dylan Lee would also work a scoreless eighth inning in relief.
As for the offense, both teams would go scoreless across the games first three frames, until the tie was eventually broken in the bottom of the fourth inning with a Juan Soto solo HR to put San Diego up 1-0.
San Diego would later also come close to taking a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, but would be denied, as centerfielder Sam Hilliard robbed Manny Machado of a possible two-run HR.
As for Atlanta, after amassing only three hits off Padres starter Nick Martinez across seven innings, the Braves would make things interesting in the top of the eighth inning, which would be the Braves first run-scoring opportunity since loading the bases in the third. With Hilliard leading off the inning with a single, as well as stealing second, the Braves would get a runner in scoring position, but would not be able to capitalize.
The Braves would go on to be held scoreless across the final inning, with Atlanta falling by the final of 1-0 to see their eight-game winning streak snapped.
- RHP Charlie Morton: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
- OF Sam Hilliard: 2/3, SB
- RHP Joe Jiménez: 1 IP, 2 K
After an off-day Thursday, the Braves will return home for a seven-game homestand starting Friday night against the Houston Astros. First pitch is set for 7:20 PM ET, with the probable starters being RHP Bryce Elder (2-0, 1.53 ERA) for Atlanta, as well as RHP Hunter Brown (2-0, 1.93 ERA) for Houston.