The Atlanta Braves (15-11) took on the Philadelphia Phillies (9-13) in an attempt to extend their record as the best team in the NL East on Friday.
Hot bats and even hotter pitching was the story, as the Braves beat the Phillies 11-2 in a game where the Braves bats would explode in the third and seventh innings, to seal the Phillies’ fate. Braves ace, Max Fried, took the mound with a 3-0 record and a 1.24 ERA. He pitched five great innings and picked up the win.
Aaron Nola was on the mound for the Phillies with a 2-1 record and a 2.05 ERA. This game was ideally a pitching matchup made in Heaven for those who are fans of a pitching battle. However, Fried struggled to get out of the first inning, going down 1-0 early, with Philip Gosselin grabbing a run for the Phillies.
Nola would also struggled to get out of the first, allowing two men to get on base. However, he would retire the Braves for the Phillies to end the inning with a 1-0 lead.
Fried would have an easy second inning however, forcing two groundouts to Dansby Swanson, who would have easy throws to Freddie Freeman, with the Phillies still leading 1-0. Nola would struggle to get out of the second. Johan Camargo would crush the ball to deep center, but Phillies center fielder Scott Kingery, would make one of the best plays we’ve seen all year at the wall.
Nola would strikeout Ender Inciarte as well as Braves newcomer, Cristian Pache, to end the inning with the Phillies leading 1-0. Fried would give up a double in when J.T. Realmuto would crush the ball deep left field, but that would be the most danger the Braves would face, to send the game to the bottom of the third-inning, the Phillies leading 1-0.
With one out in the bottom of the third, with Freeman on first, Travis d’Arnaud crushed a home run to center field, to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.
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Marcell Ozuna would hit his sixth home run of the season, with the ball once again being hammered to center field for the Braves to extend their lead 3-1.
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Nola would give up four straight hits, before being Phillies pitching coach, Bryan Price, would go out to the mound to have a chat with him. Nola’s third would only get worse from there, with a line drive double from Camargo to send Austin Riley to go home, with the Braves leading 4-1.
Nola would walk Inciarte and his night would be over, giving up six hits and four runs in the bottom of the third, being replaced by Reggie McClain, who would stem the Phillies bleeding, with the Braves leading 4-1.
Fried would have a relatively easy inning, sending the game to the bottom of the fourth, with the Braves leading 4-1. McClain, would have a tough inning, but would fight his way out of it, despite allowing runners to get to first and second, he would keep the Braves off the scoreboard, with them leading 4-1.
Frieds’ fifth inning would be one of the easiest on the night for him, picking up three easy outs.
In the bottom of the fifth, Camargo would pick up his second double of the night, sending Adam Duvall home and Riley to third, with the Braves leading 5-1. A sacrifice fly from Inciarte would sent Riley home to give the Braves the 6-1 lead.
The Braves would take a 7-1 lead on Alec Bohm’s second error of the inning, with McClain being replaced by Cole Irvin. Irvin would give up a line drive single to center field, to send Swanson home with the Braves leading 8-1.
Ozuna would pick up his second home run on the night, absolutely destroying the ball to left center field for a three-run home run, with the Braves leading 11-1.
Huascar Ynoa would replace Fried after five fantastic innings, who would go on to retire the Phillies with relative ease, with Atlanta leading 11-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Pache would pick up his first big league pitch, which would be a single to right field, but this side of the inning would end scoreless, with the Braves leading 11-1.
Rhys Hoskins would grab his first hit for the night, on a double play to deep right field, with Andrew Knapp getting a double to grab the Phillies a run, with the Braves leading 11-2. This would be the most the Phillies would muster however, going to the bottom of the seventh with the Braves leading 11-2.
Luke Jackson would replace Ynoa after two great innings, allowing the Phillies to score one run. Jackson however, had allowed walks in five straight appearances, but would strikeout the first two batters he would face for an easy inning.
The Phillies would also have a rookie making his debut, with JoJo Romero, making his major league debut, striking out Duvall, Riley and Camargo for a clean inning, with the Braves leading 11-2.
Chris Martin would replace Jackson to start the ninth, having an easy inning to lock up the Braves 11-2 victory.
The Braves face off against the Phillies Saturday at Truist Park, starting a 7:10 p.m. EST.