The Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates by a 6-1 score on Tuesday, setting up the opportunity to complete the season-series sweep of the Bucs with another victory on Wednesday.
Max Fried was dominant on the mound for Atlanta, giving up one run on three hits and a walk in eight innings, while improving to 12-4 on the season. JT Brubaker fell to 3-11 on the year, giving up six runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings. He was pitching well until the fifth when he was tagged for five runs which turned out to be the difference in the game.
The Pirates scored their lone run of the game in the second inning, coming off the bat of Michael Chavis, who hit his 13th homerun of the season. From then on out, it was a Braves’ beatdown.
A solo homerun by Travis d’Arnaud tied the game, followed by RBI singles from Vaughn Grissom and Robbie Grossman, making it 3-1 Atlanta. A groundout by Dansby Swanson scored a run, and later, a sacrifice fly by Austin Riley made it 5-1. Riley singled home a run in the seventh for his second RBI of the game, completing the scoring for the Braves.
This was yet another forgettable game for the Pirates and their fans. The Braves are clearly the superior team, and rather than playing down to their opponent, they took care of business with ease. While Atlanta is 29 games over .500, the Bucs are 29 games UNDER .500, and own the second worst record in the National League.
Pittsburgh will look to avoid the series, and season, sweep to the Braves when they take the field on Wednesday afternoon. Kyle Wright will be on the bump for Atlanta against Mitch Keller for the Bucs.
Record vs. Braves: 0-6
Record vs. N.L. East: 7-17
Record at Home: 26-35
Overall Record: 47-76
Let’s Go Bucs!