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Marlins Swept by Braves in Fourth of July Weekend Series

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The Miami Marlins had an eventful week on the baseball diamond, facing off against the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves. After sweeping the Red Sox in a three-game series, the Marlins headed to Truist Park for a weekend showdown against the Braves, only to be swept themselves.

The first game of the series was a complete disappointment for the Marlins, as the Braves dominated with a 16-4 victory. Miami struggled to contain Atlanta’s offense, allowing a season-high 16 runs and six home runs. This loss snapped the Marlins’ impressive five-game winning streak. Right-hander Bryan Hoeing, who took the mound for Miami, expressed the need to have a short-term memory and move on from the defeat, acknowledging the humbling nature of baseball. The Braves have proven to be a formidable opponent for the Marlins this season, having won seven out of the eight meetings between the two teams and 28 of the last 37 overall.

In the second game, the Marlins were shut out by the Braves, who secured a 7-0 victory. Eury Perez, previously hailed as one of the hottest pitchers in baseball with a 1.34 ERA, experienced his first taste of adversity in his young career. Perez struggled, giving up six runs in just 0.1 innings and surrendering seven hits. Charlie Morton, on the other hand, pitched a strong game for the Braves, going 5.2 innings without allowing a run. The Marlins’ offense failed to find any rhythm, managing only six hits, and no player recorded a multi-hit performance. With this loss, the Braves sealed their series win against the Marlins.

The final game of the series saw the Marlins fall once again, this time with a 6-3 defeat. Despite taking an early 2-1 lead in the second inning, Miami couldn’t maintain their advantage. Starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara struggled, giving up four runs in 5.2 innings and falling to 3-7 for the season. While the Marlins managed to narrow the gap to 4-3 in the seventh inning with an RBI single from Luis Arraez, the Braves extended their lead in the eighth with a two-run home run from Travis d’Arnaud, resulting in a final score of 6-3 in favor of Atlanta.

With the series sweep by the Braves, the Marlins now hold a 48-37 record and sit eleven games above .500. Despite this setback, they still possess the third-best record in the National League and are leading the wild card race. It’s worth noting that the Braves have emerged as a particularly challenging opponent for the Marlins, and their dominance has been evident throughout the season. Currently, the Braves are just one game away from leading the Majors in wins, boasting an impressive 56 victories. Looking ahead, the Marlins will aim to regain their winning form as they face the St. Louis Cardinals in their next matchup.

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