Matt Olson had his best day in a Braves uniform, but Max Fried had one of his worst, and that’s pretty much all the game recap you really need. The Phillies scored six runs in the first four innings — only four of them were “earned,” to use the scare quotes Mac always used to use, but the two unearned runs came because Max Fried made a bad throw on an infield grounder.

In general, it felt like the team was sluggish for the first half of the game. The starting pitcher was obviously not himself, and the offense left the bases loaded twice in the first three innings.

Ranger Suarez recorded the same number of outs as Max Fried — 10 outs, just 3 1/3 innings pitched — and he yielded five walks, but the offense mustered no more than Travis d’Arnaud’s solo homer until the Phillies kindly went to their bullpen, which has been the team’s historic weakness over the last many years.

And while Seranthony Dominguez and Jose Alvarado did extremely good work in middle relief, it remained so yesterday. Connor Brogdon — do Phillies fans call him the Burninator? I certainly would.

Anyway, in the fifth, Brogdor finally brought our bats to life. After Matt Olson worked an eight-pitch walk, William Contreras partially redeemed himself for a brutal bases-loaded double play by hitting a double to move Olson to third, and Travis d’Arnaud brought them both home with a double of his own. Orlando Arcia worked another 8-pitch walk after falling behind 0-2, another terrific at-bat.

Up next, Michael Harris stung the ball, but center fielder Matt Vierling made a nice running catch, and then Vaughn Grissom struck out on a very good breaking ball. Two men were left on base, but the hitters showed a far better approach than they had earlier in the game.

Our bullpen was typically brilliant: five and two thirds ininngs by Chavez, Lee, McHugh, and Jackson Stephens, as they recorded seven strikeouts and allowed only one walk, four hits, and a single run. The game never felt completely out of reach, and the team’s ninth-inning rally proved it: after Acuña and Swanson singled to start the inning, Olson hit a three-run blast to raise hopes for a miracle. It wasn’t to be, but as losses go, this was frustrating rather than devastating.

The missed opportunities rankle. We still have a very good chance in this series. Nevertheless, I hope yesterday’s mistakes will light a fire under today’s squad. Don’t throw the ball away. When you load the bases with less than two outs, you cannot hit into a double play. Don’t strike out on a pitch around your eyeballs, either.

Kyle Wright, you’re up. Go get ’em, supe.