MLB Playoffs: Phillies fall to Braves; Game 3 set for Friday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Kyle Wright, baseball’s winningest pitcher, threw six sensible innings to outduel Zack Wheeler because the Atlanta Braves evened their NL Division Series at one recreation apiece, blanking the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Wednesday night time.

After chronic rain behind schedule the primary pitch by means of just about 3 hours, Wright surrendered simply two hits and claimed the win when the Braves were given to Wheeler for 3 runs in the ground of the 6th.

This was once a recreation the reigning World Series champions had to have after dropping the opener of the best-of-five sequence 7-6. They had the proper man at the mound, a right-hander with a large arm and looping curveball who has after all cashed in on his huge doable.

Wright, a former first-round draft pick out who struggled to get previous Triple-A, got here into this season with a document of 2-8 in the majors. He utterly grew to become that round, going 21-5 to win 3 extra video games than another large league pitcher.

Wright saved it going in the playoffs. His most effective main danger got here in the second one, when Bryce Harper led off with a double, then tagged and moved to 0.33 on a flyout to deep middle by means of Nick Castellanos.

Harper had to scramble again to 0.33 on Alec Bohm’s groundout to first, and Brandon Marsh struck out swinging on a four-seamer that clocked in at 96 mph.

A.J. Minter, Raisel Iglesias and Kenley Jansen closed out the baseball game with one inning apiece. Jansen earned the save.

Dansby Swanson made a stunning play to finish the Phillies’ 6th.

Sprinting along with his again to the infield, the shortstop reached out to snare a pop fly from J.T. Realmuto whilst tumbling to the outfield grass. Wright threw each palms in the air when he learned Swanson had the pulled off the catch.

It grew to become out to be the overall pitch of Wright’s 83-pitch gem, in which he struck out six with one stroll.

Wright watched from the highest step of the dugout because the Braves after all broke the scoreless tie in the ground part, doing the entire harm after Wheeler retired the primary two hitters.

It began when Wheeler plunked Ronald Acuña Jr. close to the proper elbow on a 96 mph fastball that rode up and in at the slugger.

There was once a lengthen of a number of mins whilst Acuña, writhing in ache, was once looked at by means of the educational team of workers. In the Atlanta dugout, Gil Heredia ready to move in. Wheeler, in the meantime, tossed a couple of pitches making an attempt to keep unfastened.

The right-hander who grew up in metro Atlanta wasn’t the similar after Acuña after all trotted down to first base.

Swanson walked and Matt Olson drove in the primary run of the sport, ripping a unmarried previous first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who meekly waved at a ball he must’ve at least knocked down.

Olson was once generously credited with an RBI unmarried, however the Braves were not executed. Austin Riley’s mighty swing produced a little bit dribbler down the third-base line for an infield hit that made it 2-0.

Then, it was once Travis d’Arnaud grounding one up the center for some other run-scoring hit sooner than Wheeler after all were given the 0.33 out.

Far too past due to stay the Braves from tying the sequence.

At least the wild-card Phillies are after all heading house. Game 3 is Friday at Citizens Bank Park, the place Philadelphia will play for the primary time since a regular-season loss to the Braves on Sept. 25.

The Phillies have performed 14 instantly street video games since then, together with 4 playoff video games in their first postseason look since 2011.


Swanson’s catch wasn’t even the finest defensive play of the night time for the house crew.

Riley made a an identical back-to-the-field grasp in foul territory in the 8th, most effective it was once even more difficult for the reason that 0.33 baseman had to navigate the railing and the tarp saved in entrance of it.

He made the catch, slid alongside the tarp and controlled to dangle on whilst crashing to the grime.


A key member of the Braves bullpen in their run to the 2021 World Series name, Tyler Matzek is completed for this season.

And 2023, in all chance.

The Braves introduced Wednesday that Matzek underwent Tommy John surgical procedure. He was once left off the crew’s postseason roster on account of ache in his left elbow, and docs in Texas made up our minds he had a torn ligament.

The standard restoration length is 12-18 months, which means that Matzek is not most probably to go back to a large league mound till 2024.


RHP Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA) gets the nod in Game 3 for the Phillies. The Braves had now not but introduced their starter, which can both be RHP Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.34) or rookie RHP Spencer Strider (11-5, 2.67). Strider hasn’t pitched since Sept. 18 on account of an indirect damage.

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