Strider dominating, Contreras home runs, Braves sweep Phillies – WSB-TV Channel 2

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Spencer Strider’s rookie season is going just as he planned.

Strider mows down the batters and the Atlanta Braves are locked in a tight pennant race.

“To come here in my first season, I’m lucky to be in this position and I’m very grateful that they had so much faith in me and got me up here as fast as I did. they did it to give me that opportunity,” Strider said after Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep. “I’m excited for this next stretch here.”

Strider took a no-hitter bid in the sixth inning and struck out 10, and William Contreras hit a game-breaking homer.

Strider (11-5) didn’t allow a hit until Alec Bohm homered to tie the score 1-1. Rookie center fielder Michael Harris II looked like he could catch the ball on the jump, but it went just out of reach of his glove and over the wall. Bohm’s 12th circuit traveled 412 feet.

Contreras drove a substitution from Connor Brogdon (2-1) for a shot from 410 feet into the left field seats to make it 2-1 in the sixth.

Robbie Grossman, who led the Braves’ first inning with a brace in the third, hit his seventh homer to give the Braves a 3-1 lead over Sam Coonrod in the seventh. Austin Riley followed with a single and Marcell Ozuna added an RBI brace in the eighth.

“I’m just trying to do my part,” Grossman said. “Every chance I get, I try to contribute. I’m lucky to be on this team. We’ve played good baseball all along. When you have a good pitch like us, it’s hard to beat us.”″

Atlanta improved to 68-28 since June 1, the best in the majors in that span. The defending World Series champion Braves stayed one game behind the New York Mets in eastern Newfoundland.

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Philadelphia started Sunday ahead of San Diego by a half game for the NL’s second wild card. The Phillies were 59-34 since June 1, tied for the fourth-best winning percentage in the same span, but have lost four in a row after winning five in a row.

Strider allowed a run and a hit with three walks over six innings in his sixth double-digit batting performance. Three relievers completed a four-hit run.

Strider knocked out Nick Maton to start the fifth, reaching 200 strikeouts for the season and becoming the Braves’ first rookie with 200 in the modern era. Although he didn’t make his first start until May 30, Strider started the day ranked fourth in the NL with 192 strikeouts in 128 innings.

“Like I said, I don’t think you can really — everyone is trying to pinpoint the specific checkpoints they’re trying to hit,” Strider said. “I don’t think I was trying to eliminate 200 guys in one season. It was not my goal. It was just to win games, keep us in games, things that I can control and control.

He’s 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA in three career starts and one relief appearance against Philadelphia. The Phillies went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position after starting the game with the majors’ best average in such situations at .276.

“We just didn’t score a lot of points,” interim manager Rob Thomson said. “You know what misdemeanors are. He comes and goes. We will move it forward.

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JT Realmuto beat Jesse Chavez in the ninth to make it 5-2.

The Braves have won eight straight games at home, beating opponents 39-11 in that span, and have won 11 of their last 14 games against Philadelphia in Atlanta, beating the Phillies 75-44.

Phillies starter Bailey Falter allowed one run and four hits in 4 2/3 innings.

“I want to go further in the game,” Falter said. “It’s a good team. They fought. We had a fight. It just didn’t work our way.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: When RHP Zack Wheeler (tendinitis in his forearm) leaves the IL for his departure on Wednesday, he will be on a throwing account and will be replaced early in the game by RHP Noah Syndergaard. Caretaker manager Rob Thomson plans to use Syndergaard in that role for two starts behind Wheeler. Falter will remain in the rotation. … 1B Rhys Hoskins (right hand) returned to the lineup after being hit by a pitch Wednesday. It went 0 for 4.

Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies will wear a cast for three weeks after fracturing his right pinkie on Friday. He won’t need surgery and hopes to return for the playoffs. Albies was placed on the 10-day IL and INF Rylan Bannon was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

SAG

Atlanta 1B Matt Olson went 0 for 4 and hits .062 with one home run and four RBIs since Aug. 28. His average has dropped 22 points to 0.234 in his last 18 games.

A LONG TIME AGO

Kid Nichols struck out 222 in 1890 and Bill Stemmyer whipped up 239 in 1886 to hold the Braves franchise record for rookies at bat in a single season. The last rookie pitcher to knock out 200 or more in a single season was Yu Darvish in 2012.

NEXT

Phillies: After a day off Monday, Philadelphia will send RHP Kyle Gibson to the mound against RHP Ross Stripling (8-4, 2.94) as the team begins a two-game home series against Toronto.

Braves: RHP Kyle Wright (18-5, 3.18 ERA) will face RHP Cory Abbott (0-2, 4.37) as Atlanta opens a three-game home series against Washington.

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