The Atlanta Braves are suddenly playing some of their best baseball of the season and the team entered Thursday night’s contest against the New York Mets with an active three-game winning streak. While the game was not without drama, the Braves claimed an early lead and never trailed on the way to a 4-2 victory.
To open the night, Ronald Acuña tripled against Mets pitcher Jason Vargas and he was quickly plated by a single from Ozzie Albies. While Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz then allowed a lead-off home run to Brandon Nimmo to knot the action, Atlanta would then forge ahead in the third inning when Acuña (there’s that man again) singled and was brought to the dish by Freddie Freeman.
That gave the Braves a 2-1 lead and, shortly thereafter, Johan Camargo broke the game open with a double that brought both Freeman and new acquisition Adam Duvall around to score. Atlanta’s 4-1 lead did slip to just a two-run advantage in the fifth inning when Foltynewicz allowed his second and final run but, from there, fireworks evaporated on both sides and that was just fine for the Braves.
On the pitching side, Foltynewicz navigated six inning while scattering five hits with five strikeouts and the aforementioned runs. While he wasn’t fully dominant, it was the best start from the young right-hander in some time and his performance was (clearly) enough to buoy the road team in a fourth straight win.
Elsewhere, the bullpen zoomed through three scoreless frames, with one inning each from Jesse Biddle, Brad Brach and A.J. Minter against the struggling Mets. It wasn’t a thoroughly exciting game in many ways but, in the same breath, a win in which most things simply happen the way they are supposed to can be nice from time to time.
The Braves and Mets will do battle again on Friday evening, with Anibal Sanchez taking the ball for Atlanta against Jacob DeGrom and New York. Stay tuned.