The game was never a blowout, but it was pretty obvious very early on where it was going. Once Dansby Swanson grounded out with two runners in scoring position and Max Fried couldn’t command a breaking ball in the first inning, you could see what was about to unfold.

J.T. Realmuto hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first and the Phillies never looked back from there en route to a 5-1 victory in the second game of the series. Around and around we go, never falling too far under .500 without ever crossing over onto the plus side of it. 

Only one week until the trade deadline.


  • Freddie Freeman is white hot at the plate. Give him two more hits tonight and he is now up to 33 consecutive plate appearances without swinging and missing at a pitch. 
  • It could have been a lot worse a lot earlier if the Phillies had cashed in on their big first inning threat. Hooray for not getting totally embarrassed. 
  • The bar is low, but Stephen Vogt is the best hitting catcher the Braves have had since Travis d’Arnaud went down. They’ve at least found someone better than Kevan Smith to plug into the lineup most days. 


  • Ozzie Albies has had better nights defensively. Two brutal mistakes for the usually surefire second baseman didn’t help matters tonight. 
  • I’m not looking forward to seeing a bunch of clips of Bryce Harper stealing home on highlight packs and commercials for years to come. 
  • Max Fried never got on the beam tonight. On another day with slightly different wind this could have gotten really ugly for him. 
  • 1-for-7 with RISP and 10 runners left on base. Story of 2021.

Former Brave Of The Day: 

Brad Brach had two strikeouts in a scoreless inning for the Reds tonight against the Cardinals. 

Quote Of The Game: 

“It’s always one step forward and three steps back.”

— Olivia Rodrigo

Tomorrow’s Goal: 

Get some early runs on the board. These teams are due for at least one shootout in this series and it could very well be tomorrow with two inconsistent starting pitchers on the mound.