Atlanta Braves (17-20, third in the NL East) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (20-18, second in the NL Central) Milwaukee; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Drew Smyly (1-2, 6.12 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 22 strikeouts) Brewers: Adrian Houser (3-3, 3.44 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 31 strikeouts) BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta enters the game as losers of their last three games. The Brewers are 9-10 on their home turf.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. will avoid the injured list after leaving Thursday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with a left ankle injury. X-rays on Acuna’s ankle were negative. Manager Brian Snitker said Acuna is day to day.
Rich Hill joined Cy Young and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to strike out nine against New York at age 41 or older, and Tampa Bay avoided getting swept in a three-game series. Yandy Díaz hit a two-run single in the first inning off Jameson Taillon (1-3), Austin Meadows doubled the lead with a two-run homer in the fourth and Randy Arozarena added a three-run homer in the sixth for the first runs off Michael King this season.