Marlins Snap Braves Win Streak With 1-0 Shutout At Turner Field

Former Lookout Nathan Eovaldi Continues To Excel Without Run Support

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Seen here in action for the Lookouts, Nathan Eovaldi held Atlanta to one hit over seven innings.
Seen here in action for the Lookouts, Nathan Eovaldi held Atlanta to one hit over seven innings.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

ATLANTA -- The Braves' prolific offense went silent on Saturday night to spoil a strong effort from Alex Wood and put a remarkable winning streak in the record books for good, though it may have come up just short of superlatives. Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria scored on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning to deal the Braves a 1-0 loss.

After both teams left two men stranded in the first inning, neither offense was able to put a runner on second base until Hechavarria roped a triple to the wall in left-center off reliever Jordan Walden to lead off the ninth inning. In the ensuing at-bat, Hechavarria came home on Walden's wild pitch in the dirt that eluded catcher Evan Gattis.

The Atlanta offense that had averaged nearly six runs over the course of its 14-game unbeaten streak was nowhere to be found for most of the night, although a long fly ball to center field off the bat of Dan Uggla brought the Turner Field crowd of 42,177 to its feet before dying at the warning track to end the seventh inning.

Former Lookouts' pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (2011, 2012) made sure the Braves would not simply stroll to a historic 15th consecutive victory, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball. After Freddie Freeman took a 97-mph fastball to center for a two-out single in the first inning, the Braves did not get another hit off the 23-year-old righty.

Andrelton Simmons reached first on an infield single off reliever Chad Qualls with one out in the eighth after Miami third baseman Placido Polanco could not corral a bouncing ground ball.

After Simmons reached, pinch-hitter Brian McCann struck out against Mike Dunn, and Jason Heyward grounded out weakly to second base to quell what amounted to a serious scoring threat in a game where baserunners came at a premium.

Wood and Eovaldi squared off with a pair of dominant outings. While Eovaldi blazed through the Atlanta order with a heavy dependency on his upper-90s fastball, Wood found success with his changeup and fastball command to allow just two hits and match a career high with seven strikeouts over six innings of work.

The Braves' offense was not helped by third baseman Chris Johnson's early exit. The National League batting leader was ejected for arguing with home-plate umpire Jim Joyce after he struck out looking to end the first inning. Paul Janish took over Johnson's defensive responsibilities and made a pair of sparkling plays ranging to his left in the fourth inning to keep Wood's outing rolling, including a diving stop to rob Polanco of a base hit. But Janish was called out on strikes to end the game with the tying run on first base in the ninth.

A win would have tied the 2000 team for the franchise's longest winning streak in the modern era.

----- Source: MLB.com


THURS AM RELEASE Five Area Players Voted To TSWA All-State Soccer Teams

Five Chattanooga-area soccer players have been voted to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state soccer team. Making the team were Notre Dame's Michael Quatrano and James Teal, McCallie's  Drew Viscomi and Jonah Bryan and Baylor's Jackson Campbell. THE TEAMS Soccer   Class AAA GK: Tyler Delgado, Independence GK: A.J. Robbins, Dobyns-Bennett ... (click for more)

Flenniken Wins Ira Templeton Chattanooga Classic

The heat didn’t faze Casey Flenniken who won the 2016 Ira Templeton Chattanooga Classic by 1 stroke over Marshall Talkington and 2015 Champion Nick Garretson. Flenniken had a two-day total of 6-under-par 134 at Creeks Bend Golf Club in Hixson, TN. On the opening day Flenniken caught fire. He had five birdies and no bogey’s to shoot 65. On the second day Flenniken had to ... (click for more)

County Commission Gives Up Fight On $900,000 In Discretionary Funds

County Commission members have given up the fight for the annual $900,000 in discretionary funds. Commission Chairman Chester Bankston said there was not enough money available after requests from a number of agencies and departments were cut to balance the budget without a tax increase. Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said the fact that commissioners can no longer allot the ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed And Several Others Injured In 2 Wrecks Near Ooltewah Exit Of I-75

One person was killed and several others injured in two wrecks early Wednesday morning on I-75 northbound at exit 11.   Northbound lanes were closed while emergency crews worked both accidents. Traffic was rerouted to Old Lee Highway to avoid the accident scene.   Traffic was backed up for an extended time before it eventually re-opened.   The initial ... (click for more)

General Bell: Chattanooga Needs The Coolidge Medal Of Honor Heritage Center - And Response (7)

I'm pleased and indeed compelled to let you know a bit more about the exciting and most honorable "Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center" planned for Coolidge Park.     Here's what the Heritage Center will be:  It will be a fitting capstone for Chattanooga's Coolidge Park on Northshore in downtown Chattanooga.  While this exceptional Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What You Leave Behind

Randy Travis, one of the best at singing country songs that has ever been, had a song about three people who got killed when an 18-wheeler missed a stop sign. There was a farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher on this bus and Randy tells us: “One's headed for vacation, one for higher education, An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls.” In that wonderful song, the ... (click for more)