Recap: Atlanta Braves offense continues to surge behind a great outing from Spencer Strider

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies
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The Atlanta Braves continue to swing the bats well as they were able to fend off the Phillies on Tuesday night. Spencer Strider, who has been struggling a bit lately, turned in a great performance against Philadelphia. His fastball velocity was back at the level fans expect and he appeared much more confident on the mound.

Strider completed 6 innings of work allowing one run on eight hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. He had been struggling with walks in his last three starts so that was a nice change in Tuesday's game. The Braves flamethrower appeared to be more confident in his pitches and kept the Phillies off-balance for the most part.

Spencer Strider also made history for the Braves on Tuesday night as well. He joins Dwight Gooden as one of only two pitchers since 1901 to reach 300+ strikeouts through their first 35 career starts. Strider continues to shatter records and show just how valuable he is to this Braves team.

He did allow some hard contact and found himself in some trouble in the fifth inning. Back-to-back singles from Brandon Marsh and Kyle Schwarber gave the Phillies runners at first and second. With two outs in the inning, Nick Castellanos drove in the first run of the game and gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead. Strider was able to strike out Harper to avoid any further damage.

That lead didn't last very long as Austin Riley tagged Ranger Suarez for a towering homer to left field that went 409 feet into the second deck. That's the only run Suarez would allow from the Braves in his 6 innings allowing four hits with two walks and one strikeout.

However, the Braves offense decided that wasn't the end as they started things off in the 7th inning with a walk from Orlando Arcia and a double from Eddie Rosario. This gave Atlanta runners on second and third with no outs. Ronald Acuna Jr drove in the go-ahead run as he singled to center field on the first pitch.

Ozzie Albies then grounded out to second base and that allowed Rosario to score from third base. Atlanta suddenly had a 3-1 lead heading in to the late-innings. The Braves added on yet another run in the eighth inning on an absolute bomb from Matt Olson who now has 21 of them on the season.

With a 4-1 lead, it was up to the Braves bullpen to bring things home and secure a win. A.J. Minter, who pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning was replaced by Nick Anderson in the 8th. Anderson induced a lineout from Trea Turner in the first at-bat but then walked Nick Castellanos. He was able to get to two outs with a strikeout of Bryce Harper.

He then allowed a single to J.T. Realmuto who attempted to make it a double but he was thrown out at second base by Michael Harris II. The Phillies would challenge the play but the call was upheld and ended the Phillies threat.

Philly put up a fight in the ninth inning as Braves closer, Raisel Iglesias, struggled just a bit in the inning. He allowed a lead-off double to Bryson Stott who ended up advancing to third on a sac fly by Alec Bohm. Stott then scored the Phillies second run on a ground out by Kody Clemons.

Brandon Marsh would hit a single in the next at-bat and advance to second on defensive indifference. This brought Kyle Schwarber to the plate representing the tying run for the Phillies. Fortunately, for Iglesias and Braves fans, Schwarber struck out swinging to end the game.

The Braves took game one of the series by a 4-2 final and improved to 47-26 on the season. Atlanta is now 13-3 in the month of June and continue to show why they are an offense to be feared. The Phillies are now 9 games back in the NL East and sit in third place. The Braves will take on the Phillies in game two of the series on Wednesday evening.