On Saturday, the Atlanta Braves shutout the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 2-0. Williams Perez celebrated his birthday by delivering a remarkable outing where he pitched 6 1/3 innings and struck out four batters while only allowing two hits. This was Perez’s first win of the season, and the Braves’ first time winning consecutive games since mid-April.
A Braves 4th inning rally was all the run support that Perez needed. Ender Inciarte scorched a double off Adam Morgan past a diving Odubel Herrera which scored Jeff Francoeur and advanced Nick Markakis to third, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. Erick Aybar kept the rally going by hitting a sacrifice fly to deep center field which scored Markakis and gave the Braves their second run of the afternoon.
The Braves’ current record might by 12-30, but the Braves are already showing somewhat of a resurgence since Brian Snitker replaced Fredi Gonzalez as interim manager. Some may scoff at this notion, but consider the fact that the Braves have won 3 out of their first 5 games under the new Snitker regime, whereas the Braves only won 9 games out of 37 under Gonzalez. Perhaps the remainder of this season will not be as hard to endure as previously thought.
Atlanta looks to sweep the Philadelphia on Sunday and finish their road trip with a record of 4-3. RHP Casey Kelly will get the start for Atlanta, while Jerad Eickhoff will start for Philadelphia. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. ET.
Game MVP: Williams Perez – 6 1/3 innings pitched, 4 strikeouts, 2 hits allowed