Taking two of three from their division rivals, the Phillies come home with a share of the division lead.
An exciting game, the Phillies opened it up with a leadoff home run from Jean Segura. Bryce Harper smacked a one-out double to the wall, then stole third base while Rhys Hoskins was at the plate, who himself reached when he got plunked by Mike Soroka. Adam Haseley grounded out to second, scoring Harper and the Phillies had a 2-0 lead. The Braves would respond when Ozzie Albies doubled and Johan Camargo singled off of Zach Eflin, cutting the lead in half.
That score would stand into the fourth when an error by Logan Forsythe allowed Camargo to reach, followed by a walk to Freddie Freeman, bringing up the ever dangerous Ronald Acuna.
You can guess what happened right?
Two pitches later and the Braves led, 4-2.
Forsythe would atone a bit in the sixth when his RBI single knocked in Haseley and the lead was 4-3, Atlanta. That score remained as the top of the eighth commenced and that’s when the offense for Philadelphia got rolling. Battling Chris Martin, Haseley was hit by a pitch, then scored when Forsythe further helped erase his error when he homered to left, making the score 5-4 Phillies. Roman Quinn ripped a solo home run to extend the lead, then a single from Segura and a double from Andrew McCutchen made it 7-4. The Braves would add one more in the eighth, but that was all they could muster before the bullpen of the Phillies locked down the game.
The Phillies return home to face the Cubs in a three game series with Vince Velasquez opposing Tyler Chatwood in the opener.