A pair of three-run home runs provided some much needed insurance for the Atlanta Braves, who defeated the San Diego Padres 8-1 during Tuesday’s late night matchup.
Spencer Strider put together another strong start, fanning nine Padres and surrendering just one hit through six complete innings. Strider ties John Smoltz with eight straight 9+ strikeout games.
Four starts for - in 2023:— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) April 19, 2023
Spencer Strider is ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/uFUS53emd2
Things went well offensively, too, as the Braves capitalized in the late innings to seal the deal on their eighth consecutive win.
Matt Olson, Ozzie Albies, and Sean Murphy each homered. Murphy’s fourth inning shot set a new record in the Braves franchise with his last eleven hits going for extra bases.
With that home run, each of Sean Murphy’s last 11 hits have gone for extra bases, setting a new Atlanta franchise record. #ForTheA pic.twitter.com/YIU0ZJxjNY— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 19, 2023
“It’s a vague stat but it’s cool to get in the record books some way,” Murphy told Braves reporter Kelly Crull postgame. “It’s nice to hit behind Riley and Olson and get some runners on base. It’s a good opportunity to do some stuff,” he added.
The Braves seek their ninth consecutive win and third consecutive sweep with the series finale set for this afternoon at 4:10 ET.
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