The Cardinals connected for four home runs, three of which were of the three-run variety, in a 14-3 victory over the Braves Tuesday night. This seemed to be one of those nights for the Braves from the get go, as Mike Foltynewicz was hit hard early and often.
The Cardinals got the scoring started in the top of the first when three runs crossed the plate via the bat of Marcell Ozuna. A single by Jose Martinez in the third brought home a fourth run, and then Dexter Fowler put the Cardinals up by five with a solo shot in the fourth.
The wheels completely came off in the top of the fifth inning, as Foltynewicz walked two and then served up another three-run bomb to Yadier Molina. Fresh off his IL stint, Jesse Biddle entered the game hoping for a fresh start from his nightmarish beginning to the season. Unfortunately, luck was not on his side. In a third of an inning, Biddle would surrender four hits, three runs, a walk, and a wild pitch before getting the final out of the inning. As the game entered the bottom of the fifth, the Braves were down 11-0.
While the Cardinals were having a field day, Jack Flaherty had not allowed a hit through four innings. That changed in the bottom on the fifth. A walk, three singles, another walk, and a sacrifice fly resulted in three runs for the Braves. While the offensive success was nice to see, the score was 11-3 after five innings.
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The one bright spot in the game began in the sixth inning. Fresh from being recalled from Gwinnett, Wes Parsons would throw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, two walks, and getting two strikeouts. The score would remain the until the top of the ninth, when the Cardinals would add three more on a Kolten Wong home run to make the final score 14-3.
On the night, Foltynewicz finished with 4.2 innings, seven hits, three walks, eight earned runs and three home runs surrendered. This was the Braves worst loss since losing to the Rockies 17-2 in August of 2017, a game also started by Foltynewicz. While this game certainly is best forgotten, it seems clear Folty is not right, and will be hard to rely on in the immediate future. The same is obviously true for Biddle. It will be interesting to see how the Braves handle both pitchers in the coming days.
Overall, this is a forgettable night for Atlanta. The best thing about tonight is that we are less than 24 hours away from seeing Mike Soroka on the mound again.