Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz opened the game with six no-hit innings and the Braves survived a late Philadelphia comeback for a 5-3 win, clinching the National League East title and sending them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Foltynewicz (12-10) did not allow a hit until Odubel Hererra led off the seventh with a hit. Arodys Vizcaino pitched a perfect ninth inning earn his 16th save.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 8:21 pm
The Baby Braves are all grown up. With another gutty performance that pushed Atlanta to the brink of its first NL East title since 2013, the Braves bounced back from Ronald Acuna Jr.’s defensive blunder with a five-run seventh inning that carried them past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Friday night. Ozzie Albies sparked the comeback with a two-run homer and Johan Camargo finished it off with a two-out, two-run single, giving the youthful Braves a chance to celebrate as soon as Saturday afternoon with one more victory over the second-place Phillies.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 4:25 am
The Phillies are one loss away from being eliminated from the National League East race after blowing a three-run lead in the seventh inning and losing, 6-5, to the Braves Friday night (see first take). The Braves can wrap up the division with a win over the Phillies Saturday afternoon. The Phillies needed to play their best ball of the season against the Braves to stay alive in the race.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 4:15 am
The Phillies are bowing out of the National League East race in spectacular fashion. Just when it looked like they were on their way to the kind of win that could provide a little emotional fuel and keep them alive for a few more days, they fell flat on their collective face in suffering a completely disheartening 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park Friday night. • The Phillies rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 3:01 am
ATLANTA – Over the last couple of seasons, there have been frequent cries to move Vince Velasquez to the bullpen. Velasquez’s big fastball and difficulty navigating the middle innings have fueled these cries. Kapler uses the Fielding Independent Pitching metric (FIP) to support his opinion.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:23 am