It didn't take long for baseball's top prospect, Ronald Acuña, to make his mark. Bailey is 2-2 against the Braves over six career starts, with a 4.54 ERA. But in the second inning of Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, Acuña delivered a blast that was decidedly not quiet.
Mariners 5, Indians 4 • Andrew Miller's absence was immediately felt by Cleveland's bullpen when Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning off Nick Goody that lifted visiting Seattle to victory. Sam Freeman got the win to even his record at 1-1 while Arodys Vizcaino got his 2nd save of the year.
It's worth noting the young outfielder struggled in 16 minor league games this season, hitting just.215 with one home run and two RBIs.
Jesse Biddle allowed three hits over two scoreless innings, Dan Winkler (1-0) pitched a ideal eighth and A.J. Minter worked the ninth for his first career save.
Cincinnati dropped to 5-20 for the first time in franchise history. Speaking of Newcomb, he gave up all four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. If he's in the lineup Thursday, he'll face Reds right-hander Homer Bailey (0-3, 3.68 ERA), who is winless in five starts this season yet has thrown two no-hitters in the majors. But the Reds appealed the catch and a video replay overturned the call and Schebler had an RBI double. He hit six in 57 games last season. Yesterday he got his first hit, motored from first to third on a hustle play and then scored the tying run in the Braves win. Nola was sharp once again his latest effort, holding the Pirates to only two runs in seven innings, leading to his second win.
Umpire CB Bucknor returned after leaving Monday's game and missing Tuesday's game with an illness. Philadelphia is 5-1 in Nola's last 6 home starts and 21-7 in their last 28 home games while the under is 7-3-1 in their last 11 games against a right-handed starter.
Atlanta starter Matt Wisler worked five innings and allowed four runs - all in the fourth inning - on nine hits and three walks.
With the Braves in the midst of a 10-game road trip, the soonest Atlanta fans can see their new prized possession at home is Friday, May 4 against the Giants.