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Johnson County Marlins finally solve Braves

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Marlins’ Chris Nelson hits the deck after a close inside pitch

By Tim Chambers

Sometimes the final score can be a little misleading as to how close a game was and that was the case on Saturday with the Marlins and Braves. The winless Braves battled hard for most of the way, but one bad inning did them in. The Marlins scored 16 times in the third frame which led to their lopsided 22-3 victory.
It was a 6-3 battle for two innings before the floodgates opened in the third.  Marlins’ manager Gary Woodard complimented his opponent, but he also liked the way his team put the game away.
“We didn’t throw our top pitchers but they made it tough on us,” said Woodard. “We finally got our bats going and had the big inning. I thought the kids played an overall good game and their kids did too. Their pitcher (Dalton Brown) threw a really good game.”
The Braves scored first when Brown walked and later came home on a wild pitch. But it was Brown’s performance on the mound that stood out.
Tanner Putman tripled to start the Marlins first and scored on a single by Matthew Moses. A double by Zack Parsons would extend their lead at 2-0.

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Tanner Putman raises his arms after scoring a run for the Marlins

The big blow came after a walk to Anthony Woodard. Seth Conder’s inside-the-park homer tallied three more, giving the “Fish” a 5-1 advantage. But Brown settled down from there.
He struck out the next three batters in order and added two more K’s in the second. But he exceeded his pitch count with one out in the third and things went haywire for the Braves after that.
Six walks and a dozen base hits would highlight a 16-run inning. The Marlins sent 21 batters to the plate.
“We told them to be more aggressive at the plate and hit good pitches,” added Woodard. “We hit a lot of balls hard due to that.”
The Braves didn’t have a base hit until the third and it came by a minor league player who was on the field due to an injury. Ashton Dollar smacked a single that drove in a run. But the Marlins would shut them down from there.
Parsons started the game and tossed one inning. Matthew Moses finished it off with two strong innings.
Matthew Moses and Putman went 4-for-4 and scored four times each to lead the Marlins.  Seth Condor was 3-for-3 with five RBIs. Parson had three hits including a double. Woodard went 2-for-2.  Hank Sauer was 1-for-2 and scored twice but none would top the performance given by Gavin Conder, another minor leaguer who replaced an injured starter for the “Fish.”
Gavin ripped a pair of singles and scored twice in his major league debut. His play and Dollar’s was were to be commended.