It was a frustrating game until it wasnâ€™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. Thenâ€¦
Olson has not hit in a pennant race as a Brave. Heâ€™s been tied to the hip of Freddie Freeman. But a 1-0 ballgame in the late innings against the division winner â€” even if itâ€™s only July â€” 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 wasnâ€™t able to watch the early innings, so Iâ€™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 thatâ€™s one of the things I love about Snit: heâ€™ll put one of his late inning relievers in that early if the game is on the line. Snit doesnâ€™t get credit enough for some of the in-game decisions.