For about 12 minutes it looked like things were going to go well for Atlanta Friday night. Then, Philadelphia came up to bat in the bottom of the first….
The Braves started off well against Aaron Nola, scoring three in the top of the first. Ender Inciarte walked, Ozzie Albies doubled, then Freddie Freeman drove Inciarte home with a run scoring single. After getting two outs, Freeman and Albies pulled off a double steal, with Albies swiping home. Ronald Acuna, Jr. then doubled FF5 home for a quick three run lead for Braves starter Julio Teheran. Acuna’s exit velocity on the double was 112-ish mph, easily the hardest hit ball by any Brave this year.
Unfortunately Julio gave it right back, walking Cesar Hernandez and Carlos Santana before giving up a three run homer to Odubel Herrera. Just like that, it was tied at three. Julio settled down, picking off Rhys Hoskins, then giving up nothing else through the 2nd and 3rd, before leaving with shoulder tightness. Meanwhile, Nola, given a reprieve, showed what happens when you let a top flight starter wiggle off the hook, shutting down Atlanta with a string of no pressure innings.
Max Fried came in and pitched better than his first outing, going three innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out three. Unfortunately, one of the hits was Herrera’s second dinger, a solo shot in the sixth to give the Phightin’s a lead they wouldn’t give up.
In the 7th, Nola started to falter, giving up a lead-off single to Acuna, but was bailed out by his defense. Dansby Swanson absolutely wrecked a screaming grounder up the middle, but somehow Hernandez knocked it down and turned it into the unluckiest GIDP a batter will ever see instead of first and third, no one out. And when Ryan Flaherty and Johan Camargo followed with two out singles, it became even more important. Nola was left in to face Ender, and managed to retire him to get out of the jam.
Philadelphia broke it open in the bottom of the frame against Chase Whitley. Whitley gave up a lead off double to J.P. Crawford and then surrendered a two run homer to Jorge Alfaro. At least he didn’t walk anybody.
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