Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 4-3 win over the Marlins, aside from how Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis (two RBI, three runs, four hits) look pretty good as a 3-4 combo in the lineup.
1. In two weeks, Luis Ayala not Craig Kimbrel or Jordan Walden might get credit for the bullpen's seminal moment of the season
OK, so the majority of Marlins-Braves tilts have been largely forgettable this year. That's the reality of two clubs separated by 28 12 games in the division standings.
However, Atlanta and Miami fans must have been simultaneously intrigued during the seventh inning, when the Braves bullpen nursing a one-run lead with two out was obligated to face Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded.
For various reasons nagging injuries, avoidance from opposing pitchers, lack of plate protection in the Miami lineup Stanton will fall considerably short of last season's tallies of 37 homers, 86 RBI, 75 runs and .290 batting average.
But for one...