The Atlanta Braves began the four-game set with the division rival Philadelphia Phillies on a high note after taking the series opener 8-5. Dylan Dodd earned the start for the Braves, and between a few missed spots by Dodd and several big swings by the Phillies, this game was a back-and-forth affair.
Each team had racked up five runs through seven innings. But in the bottom of the eighth, the Braves bats came up huge. After an Ozzie Albies single, a ground-rule double by Marcell Ozuna, and a walk issued to Orlando Arcia, the sacks were full for Michael Harris II. Instead, Brian Snitker sent Travis d’Arnaud to the plate.
d’Arnaud made the Phillies pay and hit the go-ahead single to score Albies and Ozuna and bring the score to 7-5.
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Travis d'Arnaud with the pinch-hit magic. pic.twitter.com/5OdCIthezW
“I didn’t know I was coming up there,” d’Arnaud said postgame. “But I’m always ready whenever Snit needs me. I didn’t try to do too much and just put a good swing on it.”
“It was electric,” he added. “Super loud and super fun. Always great to be a part of. It’s so much fun here. So much fun.”
The series continues today with Jared Shuster on the mound as the Braves look to win their third consecutive ballgame.
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