Recap: Atlanta Braves bullpen collapses in extra inning loss to Tigers

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves
Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit

Charlie Morton was excellent on the mound for the Atlanta Braves and Michael Harris II and Ronald Acuna Jr. brought their bats with them to Detroit. Unfortunately, the bullpen collapsed late and the Braves got walked off in extra innings.

The Braves would get on the board first in the top of the second inning. Marcell Ozuna would double to lead of the inning and after moving over to third on a fly out, Ozzie Albies would bring him home with a sac fly to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Charlie Morton was in cruise control for a while after that, although we did get a scare in the third inning where trainers came out to check on him because it seemed like his shoulder was bothering him. He did stay in the game, but sadly Marcell Ozuna was not so lucky after trainers came to visit him. In the top of the fourth, Ozuna was hit by a pitch and seemed to be in a fair bit of pain. He would still run the bases, but was later pulled from the game and headed to the clubhouse for treatment before his next turn at the plate. The team would go on to say it was precautionary due to a right wrist contusion.

The Braves would add to their lead in the fifth inning. Orlando Arcia and Michael Harris II would start the inning off with back-to-back singles and after Money Mike stole second base, Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a rocket line drive to left that got past the outfielder and would end up scoring both Arcia and Harris to make it a 3-0 Braves lead.

The Braves would add another run thanks to Ronald Acuna Jr. in the top of the sixth on a weird play that basically resulted in a fly ball force out at second base that scored a run. Hard to explain if you didn't see it, but it got the Braves another run and it was a 4-0 lead.

Morton would leave the game in the sixth having put up a zero on the scoreboard with three walks and eight strikeouts and Collin McHugh would get the final out in the inning to keep those pesky inherited runners from scoring.

The Tigers would get a run back on a solo homer off of McHugh in the bottom of the seventh, but AJ Minter would come in and squash the mini Tigers rally quickly. However, Michael Harris II would get that run right back with a homer of his own in the top of the eighth and it was a 5-1 Braves lead.

The Tigers would manufacture another run in the bottom of the eighth as Nick Anderson (who has not been in games much at all recently) was not at his best. Then. Raisel Iglesias gave up a single and a homer to lead off the ninth inning and all of a sudden, it was a one run game. A couple of batters later, Raisel would give up an RBI single that tied the game.

To extras we went and after Sam Hilliard was gunned out at the plate, Spencer Torkelson would hit a RBI single to walk it off for the Tigers.