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The Daily Chop: Mike Foltynewicz flips the narrative for Braves in Game 2 win

Foltynewicz and Adam Duvall came up big for the Braves in Game 2.

Divisional Series - St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves - Game Two Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves put Thursday’s disappointing loss behind them and flipped the script with a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS. The series will now shift to St. Louis where Mike Soroka will make his postseason debut in a matchup against Adam Wainwright.

Having taxed their bullpen in Game 1, the Braves needed a strong performance from Foltynewicz and he delivered allowing three hits and striking out seven over seven shutout frames. Perhaps more impressive was that he didn't walk a single batter and threw just 81 pitches. Brian Snitker admitted after the game that it wasn’t an easy decision to remove Foltynewicz from the game in the seventh. The crowd booed as Adam Duvall was announced as the pinch-hitter but those boos turned to cheers quickly as he connected on a two-run home run off of Jack Flaherty to extend the lead to 3-0.

Both players are great examples of perseverance. Foltynewicz’s season was derailed early by a sore elbow in spring training. He struggled once he joined the club and eventually ended up back at Gwinnett. He has been a different pitcher since returning and turned in one of the best performances of his career on Friday.

At one point it looked like Duvall might not even stick on the roster. After struggling at the end of last season and failing to turn heads at spring training, he was optioned to Gwinnett where he played in over 100 games. Nick Markakis’ injury opened the door for a return to the majors and he has taken advantage.

Max Fried turned in another strong performance in relief allowing one hit while striking out two. Snitker showed a lot of confidence in Mark Melancon as he turned to him again in the ninth. Melancon allowed back-to-back singles to Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna but struck out Yadier Molina and Kolton Wong to lock down the victory.

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Talking Chop Podcast Episode 188: NLDS Game 2 Recap

Brad and Scott discuss Mike Foltynewicz’s big performance, Adam Duvall and more from the Braves’ Game 2 win.

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