The night started off with a few bloops and a whirlwind against Max Fried, and it looked like it could be one of those nights.
However, someone decided to light up the large “Hulk Smash” sign in the center, and the Braves’ offense responded early and often in an unexpected but exciting offensive blast to claim one of their most compelling victories of the year. the year.
The three hits Fried allowed in the first had a combined exit speed of 181.1 mph. Realmuto (58.9 mph), Segura (62.7 mph) and Gosselin (59.5 mph).
– Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) 22 août 2020
Max Fried looked good early on with two quick outs. However, in one of the most unlucky rounds in recent memory, the gods of BABIP decided the Phillies needed a little luck and offered them a run after two balls in right field and a slow roll to Austin Riley. Fortunately, the Braves escaped the round with no further damage being done.
After the Braves were unable to cash in on a late-game scoring opportunity, Fried and Aaron Nola were able to get through the second set quickly. The third inning was not so nice as JT Realmuto connected again on a baseline, this time a brace to put him and Andrew McCutchen in goal position. Fortunately, Jean Segura then found himself at third base to end the threat.
At the end of the third, the Braves decided it was time to make a splash. And just for good measure, they decided to do two splashes in a row. Travis d’Arnaud and Marcell Ozuna connected on a two-point explosion and a solo home run to give the Braves a 3-1 lead. However. the bottom of the order also decided to make some noise, as Johan Camargo doubled up at Austin Riley to bring the score to 4-1. The damage resulted in the exit of Phillies ace Aaron Nola before the end of the third set.
Max Fried quickly made his way into the start of the fourth, and the Braves also came down quietly in the fourth inning. After Fried worked around a first single in the top of the fifth, he had the Phillies sit down to end his night after five innings. Five innings, five hits allowed, two goals and five strikeouts was Fried’s last line. Although not as dominant as in previous outings, it was more than enough as the Braves’ attack was just beginning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Adam Duvall did a single, Austin Riley hit a mistake, and Duvall then scored on another Camargo RBI brace. Ender Inciarte then brought Riley home on a sacrificial fly. Dansby Swanson hit an error that scored Camargo, Freddie Freeman walked, and d’Arnaud got another RBI on a single that scored Swanson. Ozuna then went home and added a three-run homerun to cap an eight-run inning that gave Atlanta an 11-1 lead.
After both teams made little noise in the sixth inning, the Phillies added their second inning of the night early in the seventh. But it was far too late, as the Braves’ enclosure, including solid outings from Luke Jackson and Chris Martin, kept the Phillies in check and put the Braves home the win, 11-2.
It was the first time Atlanta has scored more than 10 points since August 4. The fact that he came against Nola, one of the game’s best pitchers so far this year who had already had great success against Atlanta, is no small feat. The strength of this team is the attack, and with the questions surrounding the starting personnel, this attack will need to be reliable. It made a declaration of victory over a division opponent, and we are now halfway to 30 wins with 34 games to go, a positive development for a team that is hopefully on their way to the playoffs.
OH… and another moment to remember has happened…
Cristian Pache struggled a bit at home plate to start the game, but found success with his first major league success. Hopefully, this will be the first of a few thousand or more in the Braves’ uniform.