The Atlanta Braves dropped the opening game of the National League Division Series to the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6. Late inning heroics were not enough to make up for the lackluster pitching and a relatively quiet offense.
Max Fried was on the bump, turning in arguably one of his worst starts of the season. He tossed just 3.1 frames and surrendered four runs. He struck out two and walked one. The Braves dug themselves into a 2-0 hole before heading to the home half of the first inning. From there, Max Fried continued to draw hard contact and was unable to silence the Philly bats.
The Atlanta offense tallied nine hits and came to life late in the ballgame. Travis d’Arnaud and Matt Olson each collected three RBI and put the Braves back in the game. d’Arnaud got things going with a solo home run in the second. Matt Olson blasted a three-run homer in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to outlast the Phillies.
The Braves and Phillies are back in action this afternoon at 4:35 ET as the Braves try to even things up. Kyle Wright will be on the mound as the Phillies send out righty Zack Wheeler.
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