Dansby Swanson broke the game open with a 2 run homer off Aaron Nola in the bottom of the first, and Huascar Ynoa had another nice start to help the Braves take the series 2 – 1, and even their record at 17 – 17.
Swanson’s 4th homer of the season gave the Braves a 4 – 1 lead, and Ynoa shut the Phillies down for 6 innings after Andrew McCutchen led off the game with a homer. Ynohtani gave up 4 hits and a walk, and struck out 6. He also hit a batter. It would have been really nice for the bullpen if he could have gone 7 innings; however, 92 pitches precluded that. But what you really want to know is, did he homer for the 3rd straight game? Alas, he could only single in 2 appearances to extend his hitting streak to 4 games.
Freddie Freeman homered for the 2nd consecutive game, drove in 2 runs, and went 3 – 3. Austin Riley added 2 hits, including an RBI double, and Swanson went 2 – 3. Now 27, if Dansby doesn’t rise from his slow start in the remaining months and demonstrate another level offensively, I don’t think it’s ever going to happen. I’ll remain on record as optimistic until then.