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Trio of Taters from Riley, Donaldson, and Joyce Lead Braves to 9-2 Win over Phillies

Bryse Wilson delivers six solid innings to silence Philly offense.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Whoever said you have to wait until the 4th to enjoy some good fireworks?

Thankfully no one passed that message along to the Braves, who used the long ball to support starter Bryse Wilson in a 9-2 victory over the Phillies. One night after being silenced by Aaron Nola, the Braves were glad to see Nick Pivetta on the bump. However, while the fireworks would eventually commence, the game actually started off much like last night.

Both Pivetta and Wilson were on their games early. While Wilson allowed a couple of walks, each pitcher only allowed one hit through the first three innings. Wilson would work around a single in the top of the fourth, and then the Braves top of the order was ready to go to work in the bottom of the inning.

After Dansby Swanson singled, Freddie Freeman reached on a Rhys Hoskins throwing error, which sent Swanson to third. Up to the plate came Josh Donaldson, who sent a hanging knuckle curve over the center field fence to give the Braves a 3-0 lead. It was the first time the Braves had scored in 14 innings, and could not have come at a better time to gain some much needed momentum.

After both teams went in order in the fifth, Bryse Wilson took the mound for the top of the sixth in complete control of the game. That theme seemed to continue when Wilson struck out Scott Kingery and Jean Segura popped out to short. However, Bryce Harper quickly rained on the positivity parade with a home run on the first pitch he saw from Wilson. After a Rhys Hoskins double and a J.T. Realmuto single, the Phillies had cut the score to 3-2.

Thankfully, the Braves were ready to feast in response. With two on and two out, Austin Riley stepped to the plate. After missing on a first pitch slider, Riley made sure not to miss again. Riley distributed the ball into the left-center field seats to make the score 6-2. However, the Braves were not done. Doubles from Ozzie Albies and Tyler Flowers followed by a pinch-hit two-run home run from Matt Joyce made the score 9-2.

Now in control of the game, Sean Newcomb and Jacob Webb would silence the Phillies for the final three innings to secure the win. Overall, Bryse Wilson had the second best start of his young career. While he did run into trouble in the sixth, it was the third time through the order instead of the second. Overall, Wilson pitched six innings, allowing five hits, two walks, two runs, and producing five strikeouts. He certainly earned his first win of the year, and may have secured himself a rotation spot after the All-Star Break.

Along with Wilson’s strong performance, the Braves offense came alive again in response to a loss. That is one of the biggest strengths of this team, and a true sign that this roster can make some noise in October. Hopefully, we will see more of the same tomorrow when Mike Soroka goes for his 10th win.

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