Kyle Wright's struggles and defensive miscues cost Braves in 6-3 loss to Astros
By Eric Cole
The Atlanta Braves got a fun game from Ronald Acuna Jr. where he stole three bases, but the Astros got to Kyle Wright the third time through the order and were too much as the Braves fell by the score of 6-3.
It was a pitcher's duel from the get-go in this one as Kyle Wright and Framber Valdez both controlled the pace of this game early during their stints. While Ronald Acuna Jr. did single to lead off the game and promptly stole two bases, the Braves were unable to drive him in. Through the first three innings of the game, it was a scoreless tie with little in the way of action.
The Braves would get on the board first in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to Sean Murphy as he hit a missile of a solo home run to left that gave the Braves a 1-0 lead. 113.7 mph off the bat and 434 feet is no joke and I do not envy the fan or fans who made contact with that ball.
After a scoreless fifth inning, things went sideways for the Braves in the sixth thanks to some unfortunate defense from Vaughn Grissom at short and the Astros figuring out Kyle Wright the third time through the order. After Alex Bregman led the inning off with a single, Yordan Alvarez destroyed a two-run homer to give the Astros the lead. A Vaughn Grissom error gave the Astros another baserunner after that who promptly came trotting home along with Kyle Tucker who hit his fifth home run of the season and just like that, the Braves were down 4-1. Wright would see one more batter before Michael Tonkin came in out of the bullpen and worked out of that mess of an inning.
The Braves would not go quietly, though, as they showed signs of life in the bottom half of the inning. Matt Olson would lead the inning off with a single and with two outs, Ozzie Albies would come to the plate and deposit a 2-2 pitch in the left-center seats to pull the Braves to within a run of Houston.
The Astros would sadly get an insurance run in the top of the eighth off of Kirby Yates who came into the game after Tonkin's impressive relief performance. Houston would get a two-out single, steal a base, and then line a RBI single to left to make it a 5-3 Astros lead.
After a scoreless bottom of the eighth from the Braves' offense, Houston would add on in the top of the ninth. After Ozzie Albies made an error that gave the Astros runners at the corners (this was not a defensive clinic for the Braves this evening), Houston would get an RBI single to make it a 6-3 game and the Braves were down to their final three outs and unfortunately, a comeback was not in the cards.