Tyler Flowers leadoff single in the top of the 5th chased Phillies starter Vince Velasquez, and the Braves made the Phillies bullpen pay immediately. Ronald Acuna Jr. lined a 2 run homer off Deolis Guerra to put the Braves up 2 – 1, and Adam Duvall hit a bases clearing double off Adam Morgan to make it 5 – 1. Duvall was batting for Nick Markakis, as the mandatory 3rd batter the lefty Morgan was required to face.
Huascar Ynoa went 2 1/3 innings; the first 2 were perfect, but a leadoff hit by Neil Walker and a one out walk led Brian Snitker to call on Tyler Matzek. Matzek’s wild pitch allowed Walker to advance to 3rd, where he scored on a ground out by Andrew McCutcheon. Matzek struck out Bryce Harper to end the threat. The bullpen went 4 2/3 innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 run; Mark Melancon got the save.
The Braves win their 1st ever 7 inning doubleheader game. Sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” stretch for 40 minutes, then join us for game 2.