Braves recap: Home run barrage downs the Marlins, Wright and Harris both injured
By Eric Cole
The Atlanta Braves' bats went to work down in Miami. Marcell Ozuna had a two homer game, Ronald Acuna Jr. hit one of his own that went 461 feet, and the home run barrage easily took down the Marlins. Unfortunately, both Kyle Wright and Michael Harris II had to leave the game early with injuries.
After a scoreless first inning, the Braves' offense got to work in the top of the second in a big way. Atlanta would load the bases thanks to a Sean Murphy walk and then back to back singles from Ozzie Albies and Vaughn Grissom. Enter Marcell Ozuna (you will see his name in a little bit again, too) who actually did something at the plate as he connected for a grand slam that gave the Braves a quick 4-0 lead. No word yet if AA was on the phone with the Marlins seeing if they would take Ozuna off their hands after that at-bat.
The fun in the second inning didn't end there, though, as Kevin Pillar would single and Michael Harris II would hit a home run of his own. It was his first home run of the season, but it is probably a safe bet that it won't be his last. After Ronald Acuna Jr. drew a walk, Sean Murphy would single to keep the inning alive and Ozzie Albies delivered with two outs with a RBI double and it was quickly a 7-0 Braves lead.
Things would not stay rosy for Atlanta, though, as Kyle Wright began to struggle in the second inning as a pair of runs would score in the inning although one of those came on a throwing error from Vaughn Grissom. Marcell Ozuna would get one of those runs back, though, on his SECOND home run of the game in the third inning to make it an 8-2 game.
Things continued to go sideways for Kyle Wright in the third inning and his velocity was a tick down from where it was in the first inning. A lengthy mound visit involving Rick Kranitz, the Braves training staff, and Brian Snitker led to Wright being pulled from the game and Collin McHugh being pressed into service. The Marlins would get a couple more runs to make it an 8-4 game and with the Braves already into their bullpen, this was a full-blown situation.
Thankfully, the offense came to play. After singles from Marcell Ozuna and Kevin Pillar came to the plate and did that thing he does where he annihilates a baseball. 461 feet. 114.2 mph off the bat. Just like that, the Braves had an 11-4 lead in the fifth.
Austin Riley would even get in on the fun. While he has struggled of late, he came to life in the fifth as well as he hit his sixth homer of the season after Matt Olson drew a walk and the lead was now 13-4.
While the score was certainly in the Braves' favor, some more bad news came on the injury front in the sixth when Michael Harris II appeared to hyperextend his knee on a play at first base. Sam Hilliard replaced him in the bottom half of the sixth inning and the wait for the latest injury news began yet again.
After the Marlins got two runs back on a Jesus Sanchez homer in the bottom of the seventh, Ozzie Albies would get one of those runs right back with a two-out solo homer to make it a 14-6 game. Things settled down after that and the Braves got themselves another series win.