The Braves were limited to 4 hits as the Phillies sweep the series 3 – 0.
Philadelphia opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd, as Andrew Knapp hit his first home run of 2021. If history is any indication, he will hit another one before the year is out.
Zach Eflin shut down the Braves until the 7th, when Travis d’Arnaud hit his first homer of the season. Eflin went 7, allowing 4 hits and a walk, and struck out 8. Per tradition, the Braves bullpen had to cover a few more innings than that, but Ian Anderson was effective in the 5 innings he lasted. Ian allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7, on 88 pitches.
The Phillies got the game winner in the 8th, as Chris Martin allowed 3 consecutive 1 out singles before leaving with an issue with his fingers. Tyler Matzek and A.J. Minter each struck out the side in the 6th and 7th respectively.
The Braves has a small threat in the 9th, as Hector Neris worked around a couple of 2 out walks. Neris had to work hard for those walks, as an unusually large strike zone helped the teams combine for a 24:5 K/BB ratio.
The Braves may or may not play on Monday in Washington; the game is a GO at this writing. The Nationals have 11 players affected by Covid protocol, and have yet to play this season. At this point, MLB’s position has been not to hold the teams accountable for outbreaks. If the series is played, the Braves will have the pleasure of facing the opponents top 3 pitchers in back to back series, starting with Drew Smyly vs. Max Scherzer at 4:05.