Atlanta (AB) – DeScar Hernandez hit two home runs in three overs as Hyun Jin Ryu hit seven sharp innings and the Toronto Blue Zeus beat Atlanta 4-1 to keep the Braves dominant on a cold Wednesday night.
Toronto advanced 5-0 against the Braves this season and beat them 35-16.
William Contreras scored a long homer in fifth for the only run allowed by Rio (3-2). Ryu gave up five hits, hit sixes and walked one.
Reliever Tyler Chadwood finished eighth with Ronald Aquino Jr. retiring, Freddie Freeman and Marcel Hosuna. A.J. Cole finished ninth for his first save.
Hernandez hit the first pitch from right-handed Luke Jackson (1-1) over the center-field wall in seventh to give Toronto a 2-1 lead. He added a 464-foot two-run shot to Josh Tomlin’s left center in ninth place.
On Tuesday, Hernandez beat Atlanta 5-3 in eighth place.
The temperature for the first pitch was brisk at 52 degrees. Fans hid under blankets wearing jackets and stockings, which was an extraordinary need for Atlanta in May.
Contreras pulled the knee-high pitch from his Rue 463 feet to the left field for his second homer. The drive came a week after Chicago Cubs all-star catcher Wilson Contreras’ brother Contreras hit his first homer in Washington.
Blue Zeus was pulled even in sixth place. Cavan Piccio walked over and the second thief, Marcus Semian, doubled to the left wall. Semyon extended his game to 11 games.
Blue Jays threw runners into the foundations in each of the first two innings. When the ball bounced under Aqua’s glove on the right, Bo Pichet singled in first place and took a wide turn around the first base. Aqua recovered quickly and kicked Pipshot into the first basement.
Hernandez walked in to lead the second game, which was stolen following a pickoff throw by left-handed player Max Fried.
Fried allowed only two wins and one run in six innings. Freight’s strong start to the night with an 8.44 ERA was all the more significant after Braves learned that right-hander Mike Soroga should not be playing this season.
Prior to the game, Braves manager Brian Snitker said Soroka suffered a setback in recovering from surgery to repair a torn right heel ligament he suffered last season. Soroka will undergo a second operation at Green Bay, Wisconsin early next week to determine the cause of the renewed ascites.
Fried was denied the chance to be the first pitcher to win his first eight Interleek starts. He was 7-0 with 2.18 ERA in his first eight starts against American League teams.
Blue Jazz: OF George Springer (right quad strain) is scheduled to hit the cage and run on Thursday. INF Joe Panick (calf) also hit the cage because no team took normal batting practice following the rain most days.
Brave: RHP Chris Martin (right shoulder inflammation) rejoined from 10 day injury list. Martin is scheduled to play for the second day in a row with Triple-A Quinnet. Snitker said he decided “we can do this here too”. … LHP Grand Dayton (left femur) was on the 10-day injury list, prior to May 9th. LHP Sean Newcomb, recalled from Triple-A Quinnet, finished eighth. … RHP Bryce Wilson was selected to the Quinnets after allowing two runs in six innings on Tuesday night.
The Blue Zeus will complete their 11-day, 10-game road trip on Thursday when RHP Rose Stripling (0-1, 6.61) face Braves RHP Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.98).
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