National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, August 9th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (43-70) at Atlanta Braves (70-45), 7:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.68)
Atlanta - Brandon Beachy (0-0, 9.00)
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Braves are on a roll and look to keep their
lengthy winning streak intact when they open a nine-game homestand Friday with
the first of three straight games versus the Miami Marlins at Turner Field.
The Braves have ripped off 13 wins in a row, their longest winning streak
since a 15-game run from April 16-May 2, 2000.
Atlanta has swept St. Louis, Colorado, Philadelphia and Washington during this
impressive run and handed the Nationals a 6-3 defeat on Wednesday. Kris
Medlen tossed seven innings of three-run ball, David Carpenter hurled a
scoreless eighth inning and Craig Kimbrel closed the Nationals out in the
ninth for his 36th save.
Justin Upton went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and his brother, B.J.,
led the team with four hits.
"This team we have here -- from our starting lineup to our bullpen to our
starting pitching -- this is the best team I've played on," Braves catcher
Brian McCann said. "Everybody is young. This is a team that can do this for a
while. This is a fun team."
The Braves have a commanding 15 1/2-game lead on Washington in the NL East and
are closing in on a division title. They have won seven in a row at home and
are 38-15 at Turner Field this season.
Brandon Beachy will make his third start of the season for the Braves Friday
and has no record and a 9.00 earned run average in his first two starts.
Beachy last toed the rubber in Saturday's 5-4 win at Philadelphia and was
reached for four runs (3 earned) in 6 1/3 innings.
Beachy has made five career starts against the Marlins, going 2-0 with a 2.94
Miami has lost five in a row and was swept in three games by Pittsburgh to
open a nine-game road trip.
In a 5-4 loss in 10 innings on Thursday, Christian Yelich finished 3-for-4
with a home run, two RBI and a pair of runs scored and Placido Polanco added
two hits and an RBI in defeat.
Steven Ames was dealt the loss for permitting the go-ahead run to score on a
Russell Martin base hit. The Marlins blew a 4-0 lead and starter Jose
Fernandez allowed two runs in five innings.
"It was a tough one, for sure, no doubt," Fernandez said. "I threw a lot of
pitches. I had to do a lot of work out there. I'm trying to be perfect every
time out there. I'm trying to. We played a good game. They came out on top,
but our team had a chance to win."
Jacob Turner draws the start for Miami Friday and he is 3-3 with a 2.68 earned
run average in 12 starts. Turner is 0-2 in his previous four outings with
consecutive no-decisions, including a 4-3 loss to Cleveland on Saturday. The
right-hander pitched well and was reached for two runs through six innings.
Turner defeated the Braves on July 10 with seven innings of two-run ball and
is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts against them.
The Marlins have lost six of nine meetings with the Braves this season.
08/09 10:40:12 ET