Another series win for the Atlanta Braves! It seems like things are finally -FINALLY – starting to click for the Braves. Not only do they have a wining record, but they are playing better baseball and are winning multiple games in a row.
Game One: Drew Smyly vs. Sonny Gray, Braves won 3-2
Drew Smyly pitched very well for the Braves. He went six innings, allowed only two hits, two runs, two walks, and he had seven strikeouts. Smyly never really got into any trouble. After he gave up a two-run home run in the top of the second inning, he was lights out. He had good command of the strike zone, didn’t have many full counts, and had control over his pitches.
To get the Cincinnati Reds on the board, Aristides Aquino, the Reds young outfielder, hit a two run home run in the second inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning after two quick outs from Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson reared base on a walk. With two out and one on, Adam Duvall was up to bat. On the very first pitch he saw…Duvall hit it out of the ballpark for a two-run homer and made it a tied game 2-2.
Atlanta scored their third and final run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Austin Riley led off that inning with a first-pitch single, Dansby Swanson followed Riley with a walk. To make the first out of the inning, Adam Duvall had a strikeout. So with one out, Joc Pederson walked to load the bases. Stephen Vogt drew a bases loaded walk to make it a 3-2 game.
The Braves’ bullpen was able to hold onto a tight lead late, and that led Atlanta to a game one victory.
Game Two: Touki Toussaint vs. Wade Miley, Braves won 8-6
Whew. What a game! It was an especially great game for Ozzie Albies. 🙂 and it was GREAT to see Braves catcher, Travis d’Arnaud back on the field. He was certainly missed!
Touki Toussaint pitched five innings. He allowed four hits, two runs, three walks, and he had five strikeouts. Toussaint didn’t have a bad outing. He just ran into some trouble a couple times. Luckily, he didn’t surrender more than two runs. Touki could’ve possibly pitched later into the game, but his high pitch-count of 97 is what ultimately drove him out of the game.
Bottom of the first inning. Ozzie Albies led off the inning with a single. Jorge Soler walked-in the next at-bat. After Freeman flew out on the first pitch he saw, Austin Riley was up to bat. Austin hit a booming RBI double into center field. Ozzie easily scored from second base. Soler tried to score, but he was thrown out to make the second out of the inning. But the Braves still got on the board making it a 1-0 game.
Bottom of the second inning. Adam Duvall leads of the inning with a walk. Travis d’Arnaud lined out to make the first out of the inning. It was SO good to see Travis back on the field! He missed 86 games with a torn ligament in his left thumb. With one out, Guillermo Heredia was up to bat. He hit a two-run dinger into the seats in left center field. His home run extended Atlanta’s lead, 3-0.
Bottom of the third inning. Freddie Freeman led off the inning with a single. Austin Riley hit another double that scored Freeman. Freddie was originally called out at home plate, but after review, it was overturned and Freeman was safe! That made it 4-0 Braves. Austin scored on a sac fly by Swanson to make it a 5-0 Atlanta lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, Cincinnati got on the board. Joey Votto hit a two-run shot making it a 5-2 game. In the top of the eighth inning, Eugenio Suarez hit an RBI double making it a 5-3 game.
Top of the ninth inning: Atlanta needs three outs to win the game. Will Smith is on the mound and things don’t look good. He got the first out of the inning, but then hit Nick Castellanos with a pitch. On the very next pitch he threw, Will Smith surrendered a two-run home run to Joey Votto – his second of the game. That tied the game at 5-5. Smith got out of the inning without surrendering anymore runs, but not before blowing the game.
The Braves didn’t score in the bottom of the ninth inning, and neither team scored in the tenth inning.
Top of the eleventh inning: **remember the new extra-innings rule automatically places a runner on second base for each team** Edgar Santana is pitching for Atlanta. The first batter he faced was Kyle Farmer. He gave up an RBI single that scored the runner from second base and made it a 6-5 game, Cincinnati on top. Santana was able to get out of the inning without giving up any more runs.
Bottom of the eleventh inning: Adam Duvall is the runner placed on second for the Braves. d’Arnaud and Heredia made the first two outs of the inning, and then Joc Pederson walked to keep the game alive. It was all up to Ozzie Albies. With two outs, Ozzie worked a 2-1 count. On the fourth pitch of his AB, he crushed an absolute BOMB into the Chop House seats for a WALK-OFF three-run home run!!!
It was amazing. Not only did Ozzie walk it off for Atlanta…but my man started and ended the game with a hit.
Game Three: Kyle Muller vs. Vladimir Gutierrez, Braves lost 12-3
I think it’s safe to say that this game didn’t go how anyone in Braves country thought it would. Kyle Muller had been producing such solid starts for Atlanta. But this was not one of those.
Over just 2.1 innings, Muller allowed five hits, six runs, three walks, and he only had one strikeout. It’s clear to say he did not have his best stuff. His pitches were all over the place, and he didn’t have good command. He kept getting himself into trouble and couldn’t get out of it.
Despite their blow-out loss, Atlanta scored the first run of the game. It came in the bottom of the first on a Dansby Swanson RBI-single that scored Jorge Soler who reached base on a walk earlier in the inning. Swanson’s RBI single made it a 1-0 game Braves on top.
That lead did not last long. In the top of the second inning, Reds left fielder, Jesse Winker hit a grand slam to make it a 4-1 game. They scored FIVE more runs in the top of the third inning making it a 9-1 game. Cincinnati made it an 11-1 game in the top of the sixth when Kyle Farmer hit a two run homer.
In the bottom of the seventh inning; my man- Ozzie Albies hit a solo home run. It went a long way, and even though the Braves were still down nine, it gave the fans and the team something to celebrate. His homer made it an 11-2 game.
The Reds scored their twelfth and final run in the top of the ninth inning. It came from Tyler Stephenson against Edgar Santana, and it was the first pitch thrown that inning. That made it a 12-2 game.
In the bottom of the ninth inning Joc Pederson scored on a wild pitch to make it a 12-3 game.
This was a good series for Atlanta- they have started rolling and winning consecutive games in a row. This is leading them in the right direction, and if they can keep this up they will have a great chance of making the postseason!