Phillies Squander Chance to Dominate in Atlanta

The Philadelphia Phillies had all the momentum going into game two in Atlanta. Unfortunately, the mistakes become costly from coaching decisions to the field of play. The Phillies squander a chance to dominate the Braves. Wheeler pitches, as we would expect, but it was wasted.

Zack Wheeler’s One Blemish

Zack Wheeler picked up where he left off against the Miami Marlins. In South Philly, he dominated the fish for six and one-third innings. He only allowed five hits and one earned run. It was not much different at Truist Park. He kept the “hottest offense” in the MLB on their heels. He went another six-plus innings, but the seventh inning is where the blemish is. Travis d’Arnaud homers to left field, and Matt Olson scores, bringing the game to one one-score Phillies lead. The Phillies lead 4-3 at that point. He finishes with three hits and three earned runs with only one walk and ten strikeouts.

Small Ball and Big Hits

Both Alec Bohm and Bryson Stott have two hits for RBIs. Alec Bohm singles on a line drive to center field in the first. Trea Turner scores. In the third, J.T. Realmuto homers, his second of the postseason, to right center field. Bryce Harper scores. Bryson Stott out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Michael Harris II, and Nick Castellanos scores from third. That would be all the scoring that the Phillies would produce.

The Braves, who have been dormant for 14 innings in this NLDS, finally awaken. It started in the sixth inning with Ozzie Albies singles on a line drive to right field. Ronald Acuna Jr. scores on a fielding error by shortstop Trea Turner. Then it gets really hairy. Travis d’Arnaud homers to left field. Matt Olson scores and gives Atlanta life. Then enters Austin Riley. Jeff Hoffman left a ball in the zone, and Riley homers on a fly ball to left field. Ronald Acuna Jr. scores. This would give the Braves the 5-4 lead, ultimately leading to a 1-1 series split.

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The Mistakes Pile Up

Trea Turner makes uncharacteristic mistakes that gave the Braves a heartbeat they haven’t had in a while. The Phillies going 2 for 8 in scoring position and leaving 11 runners on base is a recipe for disaster. There should been at least two more runs for the Phillies, but they lost opportunities.

The ninth inning was a crazy series of events. Bryce Harper reaches first on a walk. JT Realmuto flies out. Nick Castellanos steps up to bat. He blasts what seemed to be a possible homerun or at least a game-tying long single. Braves center fielder Michael Harris II makes an amazing catch off the wall. Bryce Harper has already rouned second trying to tie the game aggressively but has to hustle back to first but is unfortunately doubled up. The game ends with what hopes not to be a momentum-shifting play for the Braves and ties this series up at one.

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Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.