Atlanta Braves News
Sean Newcomb struggled early and the Atlanta Braves’ comeback attempt fell just short in a 6-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. Newcomb lasted just three innings while allowing the Nats to build a 5-0 lead. A pair of two-run homers by Tyler Flowers and Charlie Culberson cut the deficit to 5-4 but that was as close as Atlanta would get.
Despite the loss, the Braves magic number was reduced to eight after the Phillies suffered a 6-4 loss in Miami. Atlanta still leads the NL East by 6.5 games. The Braves will continue their homestand on Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals while the Phillies will open a three-game set against the Mets.
Arodys Vizcaino made his first appearance since July 11 on Saturday. He told the AJC’s Gabe Burns that he was feeling good the day after that appearance.
“(Saturday) I felt a little nervous after the last out, but (Sunday) it feels good,” he said.
Johan Camargo missed his fourth straight game on Sunday due to a strained groin. However, if all goes as planned, he will be back in the Braves’ lineup in time for Monday’s series opener against the Cardinals.
The Boston Red Sox received a scare on Sunday when outfielder Mookie Betts was forced to leave Sunday’s game due to soreness in his left side. However, manager Alex Cora told reporters after the game that Betts should be ready to play on Tuesday but would likely DH.
Tigers’ pitcher Michael Fulmer’s season may be over as he is headed for an MRI to evaluate a knee injury. Fulmer exited Saturday’s start after allowing two home runs while throwing just five pitches against the Indians.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly is not a fan of September roster expansion in its current state.
“If you’re in the hunt and you’ve got a chance, you don’t want to get to any situation and be like, ‘Well, I could use a pinch-runner here,’ and not be able to do it,” Mattingly said. “As long as you’re eligible to use 40, if you’re in the hunt, there’s no reason to have them here.
”But we’re trying to prepare for 16 pitchers. And really, if you had four or five lefties in your bullpen, you could match up and bring in a new guy every time they bring up a [left-handed hitter]. You just can’t do that during the first five months of your season.”