Nothing 12 runs won’t cure.
The Braves erupted for 10 runs in the top of the 2nd, and held on to salvage a game from the 3 game set and increase their NL East lead to 3 games. Austin Riley doubled in Adam Duvall to score the 1st run of the inning, and Riley’s 2 run homer scored the 9th and 10th runs of the frame.
Jake Arrieta was not sharp, walking 3 in his inning and a third, including Dansby Swanson with the bases loaded. Arrieta gave up 6 hits, and was charged with 7 runs. David Hale wasn’t the answer either, allowing 3 hits and 3 more runs before the inning ended.
Tommy Milone lasted an inning longer than Arrieta, but the same results: 7 runs allowed. Milone hasn’t had double digit starts in a season since 2016, when he started 12 out of 19 for Minnesota. He has 7 starts this season; let’s see if he reaches double digits this year.
Luke Jackson maydayed Milone in the 3rd, but it was S.O.S. in the 4th. Two walks and a single led to the Phillies 8th run. A.J. Minter came on with one out, and got a Didi Gregorius flyout and Phil Gosselin strikeout to end the inning. Minter went on to strike out the side in the 5th; Scott Kingery, Roman Quinn, and Andrew McCutchen were the Mintees.
It remained calm from there until the 8th. Will Smith relieved, and Quinn and McCutchen hit solo shots to West Philadelphia to cut the lead to 11 – 10. Swanson’s homer in the 9th gave Mark Melancon some breathing room.