It was a frustrating game until it wasn’t. On Monday, Atlanta could only produce one run after a brilliantly pitched game by Max Scherzer. And last night, it looked like more of the same. But then Matt Olson had his moment.
Losing 1-0 in the sixth, Olson hit a ball down the line that hit off the Chop House wall about 2 feet foul. Then he fouled another ball straight back, so it looked like he was right on David Peterson. Then…
Olson has not hit in a pennant race as a Brave. He’s been tied to the hip of Freddie Freeman. But a 1-0 ballgame in the late innings against the division winner — even if it’s only July — was a great moment for Olson to separate himself. And he did.
Atlanta was not done. The next inning, Adam Duvall added his own 2-run homer.
And that would be enough as Spencer Strider, Tyler Matzek, Collin McHugh, and AJ Minter held the Mets to 5 hits and one run, all given up by Strider. Matzek, McHugh, and Minter combined for 4.1 no-hit innings.
I wasn’t able to watch the early innings, so I’m not sure if Strider was just simply missing the zone badly or if New York was able to make an adjustment against him. But he threw 103 pitches in only 4 2/3 innings, and he gave up the aforementioned five hits but also three walks. But with the bullpen performing the way it did last night, that was enough.
I was surprised to see Matzek come in in the 5th inning, but that’s one of the things I love about Snit: he’ll put one of his late inning relievers in that early if the game is on the line. Snit doesn’t get credit enough for some of the in-game decisions.