Dansby Swanson had a Skip Caray night – 3 doubles, and thrown out at home to end it.
After beating the Phillies in all the fun ways (total devastation, cruel false hope) the past 2 days, the Braves gave the Phillies a bone Sunday night, but not without some more toying with the Philly bullpen late. Freddie Freeman‘s two out double in the bottom of the 9th scored Adeiny Hechavarria, but Swanson was gunned down at the plate as he tried to score the tying run from first. A perfect relay throw from Didi Gregorius led Andrew Knapp into perfect position, and gave Swanson no place to go.
The Phillies got all their runs early, as Josh Tomlin was not able to give the Braves his second straight Atlanta Quality Start (4 innings and, well, that’s it -4 innings, that’s the Atlanta Quality Start.) In Tomlin’s 3 innings, he walked none and struck out 5, but gave up 3 homers among 6 hits. Alec Bohm cranked his first career homer, a 446 foot bohmb in the top of the 2nd, Rhys Hoskins followed up with a 2 run homer in the 3rd, and Gregorius added a solo shot to make it 4 – 0 after 2 1/2.
The Braves clawed back with 3 runs in their half of the 3rd, though. A Freeman double after an Ender Inciarte walk and a Swanson double plated 2, and Marcell Ozuna plated Freeman with a single. The only other offensive highlight was that Austin Riley went 2 for 4 with a double, as the Braves had 6 doubles on the night.
Touki Toussaint came on in the 4th and allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, committed an error, threw a wild pitch, and hit a batter in his 1 1/3 innings. On the plus side, he battled out of a bases loaded, no-out situation with no runs scoring (ok, he allowed a run in his first bases loaded, no-out situation, but he battled out of the second one.) On the minus side, he was pulled in the middle of a batter with a 2 – 0 count, after walking the previous 2. Tyler Matzek, Chris Martin, Will Smith, and Luke Jackson shut down the Phillies from there; 2 hits and a walk over the final 4 2/3.
The Braves have completed 47% of their season, and Toussaint is second on the team in innings pitched. Fried and relievers, and hope we call up a couple of Tom Seavers.