Braves pitching + Puig error = Reds loss

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21-year old Braves RH Mike Siroka was impressive over 5.1 innings of one run baseball in beating the Red 3-1 Wednesday night at GABP.

The Reds drop to 9-14 on the season.

Turning point: It was 1-1 into the fifth inning when Nick Markakis lined a sinking shot to right that Puig tried to make a play on. It bounced in front of him and skidded past him to score Ronald Acuna Jr.. The play was ruled a single and two base error.. 2-1 Braves

Very cool moment: Following the end of the fifth inning and the Puig error, Roark met Puig at the dugout steps and you could tell he was offering support to and telling him to shake it out. Veteran move. (See video below)

Siroka, a 2015 1st round pick (28th overall) knows how to pitch. He was cool and calm and deftly navigated trouble when it was presented. He left two runners on in the first and third innings and left the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

Shaky one night again, the Braves bullpen was lights out Wednesday tossing 3.1 innings or scoreless baseball.

Trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning, the Reds loaded the bases to end Siroka's night with two outs. RH Josh Tomlin got the pinch-hitting Scott Schebler to ground sharply (102.7 mph exit velocity) to Freddie Freeman.

The Braves added big insurance run off of Robert Stephenson in the 9th inning.

Quick strike: Ozzie Ablies jumped on Tanner Roark's first pitch of the game and blasted a 400-foot homer over the Reds bullpen in right-field. 1-0 Braves

Off the Hook: The Reds appeared poised for a big first inning when the first three batters reached, including a Jesse Winker single to score Joey Votto (walk), but Siroka settled and retired the next three batters. 1-1

Puig made a really nice running catch to take a double away from Dansby Swanson in the fourth inning.

Roark pitched well. He works in and around a lot of traffic, but seems to do it with blinders on: 5 IN, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 98 pitches/52 strikes. ERA sits at 3.24.

Votto, leading off again, was 0 for 2 with 2 walks and the only run. Winker and Puig each had 2 hits. The Reds managed just five hits on the night. Derek Dietrick struck out three times.

The Red bullpen allowed one run over four innings: Duke .2, Lorenzen .1, Garrett 2.0, Stephenson 1.0, 1 R.

Reds pitching issued seven walks: 3 Roark, 4 bullpen. Roark struck out four. The bullpen did not record a strikeout.

Box score HERE

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