June 22, 2021

Bullpen falters again as Braves fall to Phillies 4-3 in extra innings (Talking Chop)

Ian Anderson and Zack Wheeler locked up in a pitcher’s duel but the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen faltered again in a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in 10 innings.

The Braves needed a great performance from Ian Anderson and he delivered. Anderson walked Odubel Herrera to begin the game and needed 26 pitches to get through the first inning. He settled in from there, allowing just four hits to go along with four strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. After that 26 pitch first inning, Anderson needed just 72 pitches to navigate the final six innings.

The problem for Atlanta was that Zack Wheeler was even more dominant. The Braves didn’t get their first hit, a check swing single by Kevan Smith, until the third inning. Dansby Swanson led off the fifth with a single but a strikeout and a double play erased the threat. After striking out the side in the sixth, Wheeler allowed a lead off single to Freddie Freeman in the seventh. A wild pitch would get Freeman to second, but Wheeler struck out Swanson to leave him stranded. Wheeler would toss eight scoreless while allowing four hits and striking out 12. It was as good a performance as you will see.

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