The Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Two of the National League Division Series on Monday night, evening the series at one win apiece. The game was held at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Braves after being held hitless until the sixth inning rallied from a four-run deficit to stun the Phillies 5-4. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud and third baseman Austin Riley each hit two-run homers to lead the Braves to victory. Riley's homer late in the game gave Atlanta their first-ever lead of the series but was enough to even things up.
The starting pitchers for the game were Zack Wheeler for the Phillies and Max Fried for the Braves. Wheeler went 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts against Atlanta this season. On Monday, he pitched five scoreless innings before leaving the game in the seventh. Two earned runs were charged to him.
Fried, on the other hand, wasn’t concerned about his left index finger blister that developed during his final two regular season starts. Fried gave up three earned runs in four innings of work. Atlanta's bullpen only gave up one run the rest of the way.
The Phillies won Game One of the NLDS against the Braves, which was also at Truist Park. They had looked to go up 2-0 on the Braves in Game Two and it seemed certain once they were up by four runs. However, despite their best efforts, they were unable to hold on to their lead. In the game's final moments, Michael Harris II made a crazy leaping grab and doubled up Bryce Harper, preventing the Phillies a chance to extend the game.
The Phillies looked like the better team until Atlanta's stunning comeback, but can they get the momentum back as the series shifts to Philadelphia? The series is now tied at one win apiece, and it remains to be seen which team will come out on top in this closely contested matchup.
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