I am trying to figure out which feat tonight was more impressive....
The Braves scoring the same amount of runs in an inning tonight as both teams did last night.
The fact that the Braves scored 20 runs tonight, which by itself is 80% of the total amount of runs they scored in the previous 11 games combined.
Kevan Smith reached base four times in a game for only the fourth time in his career.
All of these are certainly worthwhile occurrences, so we shall celebrate each of them. Sure, its just one win, but it may be the best win of the season for a Braves team that really, really needed a win tonight. Max Fried was solid, the offense went bananas, and everyone, at least for one night, enjoyed Braves baseball once again.
The game actually did not start off in the best of ways, as Pete Alonso hit a two-run home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Though Fried once again ran into first inning trouble, he was able to limit the damage to two runs. Fortunately, the Braves were able to answer right back with a Ronald Acuna Jr. home run and an Ozzie Albies RBI single.
Both teams went down quietly in the second inning, and the Mets were unable to create any opportunities in the top of the third inning. In the bottom of the third, the Braves got right back to work, as Austin Riley delivered a two run single to make the score 4-2. Fried worked around a bit of wildness in the top of the fourth inning without allowing any runs, and then the flood gates opened for the Braves.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Braves sent 11 batters to the plate. Eight hits led to seven runs for the Braves, with perhaps the biggest positive being Atlanta was able to score all of these runs without hitting a home run. The end result was an 11-2 lead for the Braves. Fried once again shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth inning, which ended his day. Over five innings, he allowed two runs, three hits and two walks while producing seven strikeouts. He was also able to get through five innings on only 74 pitches. Overall, it was a satisfying return for Fried.
In the bottom of the fifth, Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies decided to once again make their case to be NL All-Star Game starters as Freeman doubled and Albies hit a two-run home run. The next run for Atlanta came via a Ehire Adrianza home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to make the score 14-2. The Braves then loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored runs on a walk, an HBP, a groundout, and then another three-run home run for Albies. The end result was 20 runs scored by the Braves, their second time this year to accomplish that feat. That would be the final score of the game.
The Braves needed a statement victory, and they did exactly that. Though tomorrow’s draw is tough against Jacob deGrom, this game still is a big victory and perhaps a needed boost for the Braves to finish the first half of the season strong. Hopefully, tonight’s fireworks will create a last spark that can help the Braves steal another win tomorrow to really create momentum heading into July.