The National League East Champions started a Sunday lineup writ large, and why not, after clinching the division with a week to spare. Punctuating the suspense ending curb-stomping given to the Phillies in the first 3 games of the series, the B minus team completed the sweep, led by a Lane Adams RBI double and solo home run. Adams did his work off Aaron Nola, who went 6 innings, striking out 6, and allowing all 4 Braves hits.
Anibal Sanchez went 5 innings to pick up the win, allowing 4 hits and no walks, but striking out only 1 batter. One of the hits was a home run by Scott Kingery. Max Fried, Sam Freeman, and Shane Carle closed it out; Fried throwing 2 innings, and Carle picking up the save despite walking 2 and hitting a batter. The Phillies Kaplered to the very end, using 2 pinch runners in the 9th, but to no avail. Of the Braves usual starting lineup, only Tyler Flowers had multiple plate appearances.
The Braves conclude their home regular season schedule at 43 – 38 and move to 88 – 68 on the season. Among the playoff contenders, only the Cubs and Brewers have been dominant at home. In that respect, it would be desirable to pass the Central winner for home field advantage; against everyone else it’s not as urgent.
Finally, a toast to a forgotten, distant memory: Natspos delenda est.
At the Mets on Tuesday.