The Braves played a delightfully weird baseball game on Saturday evening. It was delightful because despite a home run from Bryce Harper that may not have landed yet and a strong start from the Phillies’ Zack Wheeler, the Braves were able to keep things close thanks partially to a two-run homer from Austin Riley and then walked things off in the bottom of the ninth to win 6-5.
The Braves were behind most of the evening, but that doesn’t seem to phase this team much. After Riley’s two run homer to get within a couple of runs, the Braves were able to score three more in the eighth to snag the lead.
That is when things got weird. Mark Melancon had an adventure of an inning when he came on for the save which included Snitker inexplicably leaving him in in a bases loaded situation against Bryse Harper when it was clear that he didn’t have it last night. Harper got the fly ball the Phillies needed and, despite a fantastic throw from Cristian Pache, the Phils tied the game.
Luckily it didn’t matter because even though Brandon Workman is a new face in the Phillies bullpen, the plague that has beset them still applies to him. The Braves nearly got a walkoff gift from the umpires when a routine force out was called safe at the plate, but that got sorted out by the umps. Adam Duvall made sure to end things properly with a walk-off single to push the Braves’ record to 16-11.
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