Acquired pitchers star for the Braves

Shelby Miller, Matt Wisler and Andrew Thurman all did well for the Braves Tuesday night.

When the Braves made the drastic changes last offseason, the priority was to find more pitching. Of the 22 players acquired, 13 were pitchers. And on Tuesday night three of those new pitchers did very well.

Of course, the headliner was Atlanta pitcher Shelby Miller. He pitched a three-hit shutout against the Phillies at Turner Field. Miller had just one walk and struck out eight. He improved to 4-1 on the season and his earned run average is now 1.66.

Miller, who was acquired from the Cardinals in the Jason Heyward trade, now has allowed 24 hits in 38 innings, seven earned runs, 13 walks and 31 strikeouts.

Matt Wisler, who came over from the Padres in the Craig Kimbrel trade, pitched well to get his first win for the Gwinnett Braves. Wisler allowed just one run on five hits in 5.1 innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts at the Braves beat Scranton 3-1.

Wisler bounced back from a rough start last time out (seven runs allowed in 4.1 innings). Wisler has now allowed 34 hits in 25.1 innings, with six walks and 27 strikeouts this season.

And in Carolina, former Astros pitching prospect Andrew Thurman had his second straight solid outing. Thurman pitched five scoreless innings in picking up his third win of the season Tuesday as the Mudcats beat Lynchburg. Thurman allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out three.

Thurman was acquired in the Evan Gattis trade. He now has an ERA of 2.77 in his five starts. Thurman has allowed 27 hits in 26 innings, with seven walks and 19 strikeouts.





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