Braves add to NL lead in double plays grounded into


Braves add to NL lead in double plays grounded into

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Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis (22) walks from the mound after striking out to end a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Atlanta. Miami won 4-1.

When Nick Markakis grounded into a double play to end the fourth inning and the Braves’ first scoring opportunity Sunday against the Marlins, it was the National League-leading 100th double play grounded into by the Braves this season.

Three American League teams had more GIDPs, but the Cubs (96) and Cardinals (93) were the only NL teams besides the Braves with as many as 90 GIDPs before Sunday. Six NL teams had fewer than 80 including the Diamondbacks with a majors-low 61 double plays grounded into before Sunday.

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp, who’s on the 10-day disabled list with a strained hamstring, has the major-league individual lead with 22 GIDPs.

The Braves also led the NL last season when they grounded into 145 double plays, eight behind major league leader Toronto (153). The Braves are on pace for 148 this season over 162 games.

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