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08/25 23:46 CDT Wisler throws 8 strong, leads Braves over Diamondbacks
Wisler throws 8 strong, leads Braves over Diamondbacks
By JOSE M. ROMERO
PHOENIX (AP) --- Matt Wisler, called up from Triple-A in time to start Thursday
night's game for the Atlanta Braves, didn't allow the Arizona Diamondbacks a
hit for six innings and led the Braves to a 3-1 victory.
The 23-year-old Wisler (5-11) allowed a run and two hits with four strikeouts
and three walks in eight innings. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth inning for his
Paul Goldschmidt broke up Wisler's no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the
seventh. Goldschmidt scored on Chris Owings' groundout.
Robbie Ray (7-12) had won his last two starts, but his pitch count surpassed
100 before the fifth inning was over. He allowed two runs and six hits with
four walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.
The Braves scored twice in the third when the first three hitters singled.
Freddie Freeman drove in Ender Inciarte, then Nick Markakis beat out a ground
ball to avoid a double play that allowed Adonis Garcia to score from third base.
Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson, once a top Diamondbacks prospect, took two
hits away with good defensive plays. He went deep in the hole to flag down a
sharply hit grounder from Owings and threw him out at first base in the second
inning. Then in the third, Swanson reached to catch Tuffy Gosewich's line drive
up the middle.
Swanson reached on an error to lead off the sixth and scored on Gordon
Beckham's double off Arizona reliever Silvino Bracho.
Freeman, playing first base, tumbled head first over a railing down the right
field line trying to run down a foul pop in the second inning. Freeman
somersaulted over the railing and the small of his back slammed into a row of
chairs beneath the padded fence. Teammates and staff rushed to his aid, but
Freeman was able to get to his feet and remained in the game.
The Diamondbacks called up pitchers Bracho and Vicente Campos before Thursday's
game, Bracho from Triple-A Reno and Campos for his major league debut from
Double-A Mobile. Relievers Dominic Leone and Steve Hathaway were optioned to
Campos was one of the players acquired from the Yankees for reliever Tyler
Clippard on July 31. Brach has pitched in 15 games for Arizona this season. He
warmed up to enter the game in the seventh inning but was not called upon.
The Braves optioned pitcher Madison Younginer to Triple-A Gwinnett. Pitchers
Wisler and Brandon Cunniff were recalled along with infielder Brandon Snyder,
who took the roster spot left open by the trade of Jeff Francoeur on Wednesday.
Braves: RHP Rob Whalen went on the 15-day DL with right shoulder fatigue.
Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock, who has missed all season after fracturing his
right elbow, will be activated on Friday. He is scheduled to play two of every
three games over the rest of 2016.
Braves: RHP Joel De La Cruz (0-6) will face the San Francisco Giants Friday
night in California. De La Cruz has never faced the Giants.
Diamondbacks: RHP Braden Shipley (2-3) is set for his seventh career start and
third at home. Shipley has allowed 13 earned runs over his last two starts (10