The Braves held a 3 – 0 lead after 1 inning, but Drew Smyly allowed 5 runs in 5 innings, and the Phillies benefitted from a controversial call in the 9th to salvage a game from the 3 game series.
Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3 – 4 and hit his 4th home run of the season in the 7th, but it was his exit velocity out of the batter’s box that impressed in the 1st. Ronald beat out a routine grounder to shortstop, and it wasn’t really close. (h/t AAR) Ozzie Albies, given a chance to hit off a lefty for a change, made Matt Moore pay with a 2 run homer to right center on the 2nd pitch of the game. A Travis d’Arnaud double, and a Dansby Swanson single concluded the inning’s scoring.
However, the Phillies came all the way back and more, picking up a run in the 2nd, and a Rhys Hoskins solo homer in the 4th to cut the lead to 3 – 2. Didi Gregorius followed Hoskins with a 3 run homer to make it 5 – 3.
The Braves battled back though, as Cristian Pache doubled, and eventually scored on an Acuna sacrifice fly in the Braves half of the inning, then Freddie Freeman‘s solo homer tied it in the 5th. Bryce Harper and Acuna traded homers to bring us to the 9th tied at 6.
Alec Bohm led off the 9th with a double against Will Smith, and moved to 3rd on a groundout. Gregorius lifted a fly ball into short left field, and the Phillies decided to gamble on Marcell Ozuna‘s arm. Ozuna did everything he could to get his momentum going toward the plate, but could only manage a 2-hopper slightly up the baseline. d’Arnaud managed to block the plate, but the call on the field was that Bohm’s left foot got to the plate before the tag. The play was reviewed, and from better angles it appeared that Bohm’s foot in fact came down no closer to the plate than the inside chalk of the left handed batter’s box.
The objective people in New York saw it differently, and the Braves went quietly in their half of the 9th.
Miami comes to town Monday; Ynoa vs. Alcantara scheduled.