“(Boyer’s) velocity was good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It wasn’t like they were just hammering him all over the place either. Just some balls that were falling in front of the outfielders and we don’t make a play and kind of let the inning get out of hand. I don’t think the stuff was that bad, just the results weren’t very good. But overall, just run him back out there in a couple of days.”
Meanwhile, O’Flaherty has allowed just three hits, one run (1.93 ERA) and two walks with six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. The run scored Friday when he came back to pitch the seventh inning and gave up a walk and a double that landed just beyond the outstretched glove of prospect Ronald Acuna when he made a difficult diving-catch attempt in right-center field.
“To me, he’s gotten a little better each time,” Snitker said of O’Flaherty, 32. “I thought he was a little better today than he was the last time, which was a little better than the time before. I thought he threw some good breaking balls today, his fastball is starting to get a little more life. I think we just kind of hang with him, stay with him. He feels good, so that’s a good thing just to kind of keep him out there, maybe he’s throwing healthy for the first time in a while.”
D'Arnaud update: Utility man Chase d'Arnaud missed his ninth consecutive game due to sickness. He was knocked out for nearly a week by the flu, then just as he began working out again and prepared to rejoin the Braves, he was diagnosed with bronchitis. Doctors told him to stay away from camp for at least another two days before he's reexamined.