Jared Shuster shoved as the Braves get another series win over Seattle
By Eric Cole
Jared Shuster gave the Atlanta Braves exactly what they needed from him on Sunday as he threw six excellent innings on the mound. Atlanta would not squander that strong effort as a late homer from Travis d'Arnaud was the difference in the Braves' 3-2 win.
Jared Shuster got the start for the Braves on Sunday. Through the game's first four innings, he was excellent aside from a solo homer given up to Jarred Kelenic. That was the only hit he allowed through the first four frames and he struck out five on 57 pitches which is exactly what the Braves needed from him coming off another brutal bullpen game.
The Braves would be able to do some damage against George Kirby in the first inning thanks to a pair of usual suspects. Ronald Acuna Jr. led the game off with a single (his first inning numbers are WILD if you want to take a glance) and Matt Olson promptly laced an RBI double to bring him home. The Braves would take the lead again in the third inning thanks to an RBI single off the bat of Eddie Rosario with a couple of runners on to make it a 2-1 Braves lead.
Shuster continued to mow down the Mariners through the sixth inning and was at seven strikeouts and 85 pitches by the end of the inning. Travis d'Arnaud would give the Braves some breathing room in the bottom half of the inning with his first home run of the season.
The Braves would hand the reins over to Collin McHugh in the seventh inning with Shuster's final line ending at 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K which everyone should be thrilled by. McHugh would give up a two-out single in the seventh, but otherwise navigated the inning just fine.
Nick Anderson would get the eighth inning. Seattle would get a run back on a solo homer from Jose Caballero who was the only Mariners hitter that caused havoc throughout the game (he also really likes to run), but the inning ended with the Braves still ahead 3-2. Atlanta got a one-out single from Austin Riley in the bottom half of the eighth, but couldn't convert that into anything else.
The Braves were three outs away from a series win and they gave Raisel Iglesias the chance to get them. Fortunately for the Braves, he had no trouble getting them and the Braves locked up the win.