, 2022-10-12 21:40:00,
Kyle Wright once again brought a steadying presence to Atlanta’s rotation. This time, he came up with one of his best starts of the year when the Braves needed it the most, as his six shutout innings set the tone for the bullpen and helped push Atlanta to a series-tying 3-0 victory over the Phillies.
The early portion of this game provided us fans a classic nervy Postseason pitcher’s duel. Those are usually intense affairs during the regular season but during the Postseason the drama factor increases about tenfold during these types of games. With a raucous stadium hanging on every pitch, both Kyle Wright and Zack Wheeler lived up to the occasion to start things off. The Phillies entered the hit column first with a double but Wright was able to strand him at third to keep the run column empty.
Meanwhile, Zack Wheeler didn’t have much of a problem making his way through Atlanta’s lineup. The star pitcher didn’t give up a hit (or any baserunners, at that) until the fourth inning, which is when Ronald Acuña Jr. got on with a single. Other than that, the Braves were unable to really crack the code that Wheeler had going for the early stages of this game.
Things finally got going in the sixth inning, which is when the Braves were making it happen both in the field and at the plate. In Kyle Wright’s final inning of the night, Dansby Swanson helped cap off a big-time performance from Wright by making a fantastic over-the-shoulder catch in left-center field (!!!) to slam the door on that inning. Cobb County was alive and rocking after that catch and the good vibes continued after that — but only after a really concerning bump in the road.
That bump came when Ronald Acuña Jr. got hit by a pitch on his right elbow with two out in the bottom of the sixth. Acuña was doubled over and in pain for a few minutes and it surely looked like he was going to be exiting the game. Shockingly, Acuña was able to stay in the game (and was able to finish the game as well) and it’s a good thing that he did because the Braves were able to let him work on the base paths in this frame.
Dansby Swanson worked his way onto first base by taking a walk on a full count, which set the stage for Matt Olson to make something happen with a runner in scoring position and two out. Fortunately, Olson was able to hit a grounder hard enough to go screaming off of Rhys Hoskins’ glove and into right field for a go-ahead RBI single.
The Braves then proceeded to keep…
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