Sean Murphy's two homers, six RBI propel Braves past the Mets
By Eric Cole
Sean Murphy connected for two three-run home runs and Ronald Acuna Jr. was dynamic yet again for the Atlanta Braves. While Spencer Strider wasn't particularly good in this game, the offense kept pace and the Braves were able to hold on and win by the score of 9-8 over the Mets.
The Braves got the scoring started early in the first game of the doubleheader. After Ronald Acuna Jr. and Matt Olson, Sean Murphy lined a pitch with one out into the left field corner and over the wall for a three-run homer and Atlanta scored an early 3-0 lead.
Unfortunately, the start to Spencer Strider's afternoon did not go particularly well. After Brandon Nimmo led the home half off with a triple the Ronald Acuna Jr. didn't play particularly well and Starling Marte walked, Francisco Lindor lined an RBI single to get one of those runs back. Strider would get the next two batters after a mound visit and after Vogelbach walked to give the Mets a bases loaded opportunity, Strider was able to strike out Brett Baty to limit the damage to one run. Unfortunately, it took Strider 36 pitches to navigate the first.
The offense kept their foot on the gas in the top of the second, though. Michael Harris II laced a single to lead off the inning and then Kevin Pillar connected for a two-run homer to make it a 5-1 Braves lead to give Strider some more room to work with. Ronald Acuna Jr. then got in on the fun as he launched this third deck shot to make it a 6-1 Braves lead.
Sadly, things went sideways for Strider in the third inning for Spencer Strider as the heart of the Mets lineup gave him fits again. Starling Marte led the inning off with a single and Lindor walked, Pete Alonso launched his 11th home run of the season and just like that, it was a 6-4 game.
Strider would settle down the next couple of innings and somehow give the Braves five innings before giving way to Dylan Lee in the sixth who promptly gave up a solo shot to Brett Baty to make it a 6-5 game.
Fortunately for the Braves, Sean Murphy was still playing in this game. Ronald Acuna Jr. added a double to his already impressive line from the day in the top of the seventh and after Matt Olson walks, Murph proceeded to hit his second three-run bomb of the day to extend the Braves' lead to 9-5.
Collin McHugh would pitch the bottom half of the seventh and got himself in a situation as he hit two batters and found himself with the bases loaded. The Mets would then score two runs on a play that in the box score looks like just another Vaughn Grissom error, but in reality the Mets baserunner slid outside the running lane and took Grissom out on his throw which went wide.
Things were quiet thankfully in the eighth as Nick Anderson pitched a clean inning and we headed to the bottom of the ninth with a two run cushion and AJ Minter on the mound. While Minter has seen his struggles of late, he did get the two two batters without incident before Eduardo Escobar hit a solo homer to make it a 9-8 game and it was decidedly uncomfortable. Fortunately, a hard hit ball off the bat of Brett Baty found Ronnie's glove and the win was sealed.