The Braves downed the Marlins 5-3 Monday night to string together two consecutive wins for only the third time this month.
After Julio Teheran allowed two runs in the first inning, runs from Tyler Flowers and Johan Camargo tied it up in the second. A home run from Freddie Freeman in the third gave the Braves a lead they maintained for the remaining six innings.
Brad Brach made his first appearance in a Braves uniform as a reliever in the eighth inning, throwing 12 strikes in 19 pitches.
Here’s what the Braves said after the win:
Manager Brian Snitker:
On the bullpen’s performance:
“They were under some duress there. We kinda created the jam that Brach got in, and he did a great job. Jesse — really nice play, good rundown. There were some really big things by the bullpen.”
On the addition of two new relievers:
“It’s good. Any time you can add depth to your bullpen, it’s going to be a good thing cause that’s kind of something we were lacking in. I think both of those guys are seasoned guys who you’re not going to scare. It’s gonna be a big lift to our bullpen to kind of spread things around and give us other options.”
On watching the rebuilding efforts come to fruition:
“It’s a lot of fun. It’s very gratifying. All year, it’s always fun to watch young, talented players play. They’re all going to continue to get better with the experience, and this next two months is going to be great for them.”
Catcher Tyler Flowers:
On seeing Teheran hit:
“Well, Julio can hit, so any time they walk whoever’s in front of him, I kinda like our chances. I feel like he locks in even more. He also has the benefit of being a pitcher. They don’t want to him, so he can kinda hang out over a little bit more. The guy’s an athlete. We’ve seen him hit some balls pretty hard over the years.”
On Camargo finding his rhythm:
“I love him. The guy’s good. I think we heard a lot in the offseason, ‘ Can this guy be a starter?’ In my mind, I think he proved that last year when he got a chance to play more than every few days. A switch hitter. He’s got some pop. He’s got a cannon for an arm. He can play defense. He can run. I like everything about him, and I think he’s finally starting to get a little comfortable, a little more confident.
First baseman Freddie Freeman:
On adding new players:
“It’s nice. Usually we’re talking a whole different story around this time, and for everybody to be talking about adding is nice. ... It’s just nice to be adding players instead of subtracting for the first time in a few years.”
On new relievers Jonny Venters and Brad Brach:
“Just spreading it out, you don’t have to go to the same guys every single night. When you have three rookie relievers going through their first season (and) how much they gotta pitch in the first couple months, it’s nice to be able to throw someone else out there.”