It wasn’t as close as the score indicated.
(Deep breath.) Ronald Acuna Jr. had 4 hits including a homer and scored 4 runs and Josh Donaldson had 3 hits with a homer Ozzie Albies had 2 doubles among his 3 hits and scored twice Freddie Freeman Nick Markakis Austin Riley and Tyler Flowers had 2 hits each Flowers adding a home run Acuna Freeman Donaldson Markakis Albies and Flowers drove in 2 runs apiece Freeman and Flowers joined Ozzie in scoring twice Mike Foltynewicz got an RBI on a bunt because of course he did and only Sean Rodriguez was effective out of the Phillies bullpen pitching a perfect 8th with a strikeout.
Foltynewicz went 6 innings and allowed the run; only 4 hits allowed, but 5 walks contributed greatly to his 100 pitch total. Josh Tomlin and Huascar Ynoa finished up uneventfully. Ynoa’s Major League debut marked the 24th pitcher the Braves have used this season, not counting Charlie Culberson.
The Braves take the series 2 games to 1, and have won 9 of the last 10 to open up a 2.5 game lead over the Phillies. The Great Pumpkin is on the way in the form of Dallas Keuchel, despite the skepticism of some, and it’s only appropriate as Philadelphia leaves town to recognize the signing as a crack in the Liberty hell. It’ll only take, oh, about 2 straight losses to start back the drums of doom, but today was a good day.
The Mets come to town Monday at 7:20; Mike Soroka vs. Zach Wheeler scheduled. Exhale.