Morton left the game at the base of the third inning after throwing 44 pitches in Houston. The Braves took a 5-0 lead when Morton Astros knocked out lead off-hitter Jose Aldway through the curve. On his delivery, Morton almost went to the ground and came in with a slump.
Despite the setback, the Braves won the game 6-2. Morton was replaced by AJ Minter, who gave the Astros three wins and a run over 2 and 2/3 innings in strong pullben performance.
Braves manager Brian Snitker explained after the game that his leg was x-rayed between innings after Morton was attacked.
“He wanted to keep going because he was down in the tunnel and threw against the wall,” Snitker explained, adding that the jug felt good when he ran, but felt better when he threw. “Then obviously, it’s not,” Snitker added.
Morton threw 16 pitches after the strike and got three more outs before he was forced to leave. A second x-ray revealed a fracture.
“He’s a great person, a great person and a team player,” Snitker said. “I do, I hate him so much because I know he expects this flow with us.”
The fibula is a bone in the lower leg on the outside of the tibia.
Earlier, Atlanta outfielder George Solar made history by becoming the first player to score a home run in the first blade appearance. Solar was the designated hitter, and he smashed Houston starter framber Valdes’ third pitch.
The best game of the seven series 2 takes place on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
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