Recap: Atlanta's eighth inning rally leads to win over Marlins in Game 3
By Steven Teal
The Atlanta Braves treated fans to an exciting finish to Wednesday evening's game against the Miami Marlins. Bryce Elder struggled a bit in his start as he allowed 3 homers in his start against the Fish. Sandy Alcantara held the Braves bats at bay for 5.2 innings and looked like a Cy Young pitcher.
However, he was unable to keep Atlanta off the board the entire game. A lead-off homer from Ronald Acuna Jr. was the straw that broke the camel's back. It was then followed by a double from Austin Riley and with two outs, walked the bases loaded with 2 outs in the sixth inning. The Marlins bullpen entered soon after and the offense went to work.
Vaughn Grissom laced a single into left field for a single that scored Austin Riley. Eddie Rosario was sent to home by Ron Washington but a great throw by Avasail Garcia beat Rosario to the plate and ended the Braves threat in the sixth inning.
Michael Tonkin who entered for Bryce Elder in the sixth inning did an incredible job keeping Miami at four runs over his 2.2 innings of work. Tonkin walked two batters and struck out two as well but didn't allow a hit or run.
That leads us to the eighth inning where things just fell apart for the Marlins as Dylan Floro entered the game. Floro had not allowed a run yet in his 10.1 innings pitched in 2023. Matt Olson changed that very quickly as he led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot into the Chop House. This pulled the Braves within one run at 4-3.
Austin Riley would then groundout to first base but was followed by a single from Sean Murphy. Murphy was then pinch run for by Nick Solak. This turned out to be a great decision as he would score on a triple down the right field line off the bat of Eddie Rosario. Rosario's hit was able to just get by Marlin's first baseman Garrett Cooper and rolled all the way to the right field corner.
This tied the game at four-a-piece and brought Ozzie Albies to the plate. Floro fell behind in the count 2-0 and Miami opted to just intentionally walk him to bring Vaughn Grissom to the plate. Vaughn was clutch in the sixth inning but could he do it again? The answer is yes. Grissom laced a single to right center field and gave Atlanta a 5-4 lead.
Sounds like that would be the end of the inning with Marcel Ozuna coming to the plate, right? Ozuna lined a ball right back to the mound but Dylan Floro made an absolutely horrific throw to home plate that got by Marlins catcher Jacob Stallings that allowed the sixth Atlanta run to score. Hilliard and Olson would then strike out to end the inning.
A.J. Minter entered into the game looking to get the save and he was able to with relative ease. He retired the Marlins in order and struck out two batters to pick up his fifth save of the season. It's been a little while since we were treated to a classic Braves come back but it was a fun one!
Atlanta will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at Truist Park. The final game of the series will start at 12:20 PM EST and can be seen on Bally Sports South and MLB Network. The Braves will be going for their 18th win of the season with Kyle Wright taking the mound.