Mike Foltynewicz turned in a spectacular performance while Adam Duvall delivered a big pinch-hit two-run home run to give the Atlanta Braves some breathing room in a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The series is now tied 1-1 and will now shift to St. Louis for Game 3 on Sunday where Mike Soroka will make his postseason debut for Atlanta. As you would expect, there was a much different vibe around the postgame interviews this time around.
Duvall talked about hearing the boos from the crowd as he stepped to the plate to pinch hit for Foltynewicz and said that he just wanted to put together a good at-bat. He turned those boos into cheers quickly.
"I heard 50,000 people let me know that they wanted Folty to stay in the game. I wanted to put together a good at-bat."— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) October 4, 2019
-- Adam Duvall tells @KelsWingert about coming in to pinch-hit for Mike Foltynewicz and delivering a two-run home run in @Braves' Game 2 win.#RELENTLESS pic.twitter.com/Td7b7Fy3Rb
Josh Donaldson discussed facing Jack Flaherty and how it was important that the Braves turn the page following their Game 1 loss.
"We feel like we're a pretty resilient group."— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) October 4, 2019
-- Josh Donaldson, who broke through vs. Jack Flaherty for a first-inning run, chats with @KelsWingert about the @Braves' bounce-back win. #Braves | #RELENTLESS pic.twitter.com/tYFjQuUuIq
Mark Melancon put last night’s rough outing behind him as he held the Cardinals in check to secure the win. Melancon talked about the job that Max Fried did in the eighth and getting another opportunity after Thursday’s rough outing.
"That's the most needed thing after a rough day."— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) October 5, 2019
-- Mark Melancon discusses his getting another chance in the ninth after a setback in the series opener vs. Cardinals. #Braves | #RELENTLESS pic.twitter.com/8Ezfc4Yysh
Much different tone to Brian Snitker’s presser at the podium tonight. Snitker talked about Foltynewicz’s performance, the decision to pinch hit for him in the seventh and not pulling Brian McCann for a pinch hitter.
"It's pretty cool to see for a guy that went through what he's went through this year ... and to see him step up like that is something really special."— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) October 5, 2019
-- Brian Snitker on another big-game performance from Mike Foltynewicz as the @Braves' pulled even with the Cardinals. pic.twitter.com/PzSK6LS01s
Freddie Freeman gave his thoughts on Foltynewicz’s performance and on how big it was evening the series before it shifts to St. Louis.
"That was probably the best start of his career."— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) October 5, 2019
-- Freddie Freeman (with professional scene-stealer Charlie) breaks down Mike Foltynewicz's start and Adam Duvall's blast in @Braves' Game 2 win. #Braves | #RELENTLESS pic.twitter.com/fNB0gjELwU
Foltynewicz became just the third Braves pitcher ever to throw seven shutout innings without a walk joining Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. He is joined at the podium by Duvall which is fitting given that both players spent a portion of the season in Triple-A before getting another chance to make an impact at the major league level.
"These games are pretty big, but it's the same game we've been playing all year. ... Really made sure to slow things down and stay in my mechanics."— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) October 5, 2019
-- Mike Foltynewicz assesses his seven shutdown innings as @Braves claimed Game 2 vs. Cardinals.#RELENTLESS pic.twitter.com/1keMCNsHKY
Nick Markakis on how Game 2 was a must-win for the Braves.
Dansby Swanson talked about Folty’s performance and the crowd reaction when Duvall was announced to pinch hit in the seventh.