Settling the Score: Thursday’s results

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Hours after being brought back from the minors, Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett ended up getting the go-ahead hit last night in a 6-5 win over the Nationals at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

The Nationals actually grabbed an early 5-1 lead on Matt Garza, but the Brewers chipped away against Tanner Roark with two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth before Gerardo Parra hit a game-tying solo home run in the seventh. Gennett, who was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs last month after batting .154 with a .403 OPS over his first 21 games this season, then hit a go-ahead single off Aaron Barrett in the the eighth before Francisco Rodriguez notched the save.

Everybody keeps waiting for the Nationals to run away and hide in the National League East. While it could still happen, they haven’t lived up to expectations yet. The Nationals have lost 10 out of their last 13 games and currently sit at 31-29 on the year. That puts them a half-game behind the Mets for first place in the National League East. By the way, all five teams in the National League East have a negative run differential. This has been quite the underwhelming lot thus far.

Your Thursday box scores and AP recaps:

Mariners 0, Indians 6

Padres 6, Braves 4 (11 innings)

Rangers 0, Athletics 7

Giants 4, Mets 5

Rockies 0, Marlins 6

Red Sox 5, Orioles 6

Angels 6, Rays 2

Reds 3, Cubs 6

Nationals 5, Brewers 6

Braves sign Marcell Ozuna to one-year, $18 million deal

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The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.

Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.

It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.

Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.