Philadelphia Phillies Brad Hand reacts to play during the fifth inning in Game 1 of a National League Division Series baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Phillies Take on the Braves in Game 1 of the Divisional Series

The Phillies and Braves faced off in Game 1 of the NLDS Tuesday afternoon. Philadelphia took the first of the series 7-6 in Atlanta.

The Braves Have Expectations to Meet

Last year, the Braves were able to fight their way into the World Series where they beat the Astro’s 4-2. The last time the Braves made an appearance at the World Series before that was in 1995 against the Cleveland Indians.

Atlanta has split its first six home meetings with the Phillies during the regular season before sweeping them in a three-game series mid-September. It ended the season 101-61 and lead the NL with 243 home runs.

Phillies Won: Game 1 Rundown

Top of the first with Max Fried pitching, Bryce Harper singled to left center, which left J.T. Realmuto on third and Nick Castellanos up to bat for the Phillies. Castellanos singled to right, allowing Realmuto and Harper to eventually run home, raising the score to 2-0.

The bottom of the first remained relatively slow. With one strike out and two walks from pitcher Ranger Suarez.

The game kept the same momentum in the top of the second with no runs scored by the Phillies. Edmundo Sosa was able to land on third after Kyle Schwaber grounded out to second but ultimately failed to make it home.

Continuing through the bottom of the second, Travis d’Arnaud put the Braves on the scoreboard, homering it to left (430 feet). The Phillies were quick to respond in the next inning with Castellanos scoring on Jean Segura’s single to center. Philadelphia went up 4-1.

Things picked back up top of the fourth when Castellanos singled to left, allowing Rhys Hoskins and Sosa to score. The score remained 6-1 until top of the fifth when Sosa hit a fly to center. Segura on third, was able to run in.

Moving forward, d’Arnaud carried the Braves by hitting a double to the left with a player on second and third.

The score stayed 7-3 until Matt Olson hit a 414-foot home run in the bottom of the ninth. Swanson and Acuna Jr. were able to score, putting the score at 7-6.

The final push was not enough, as the Braves were unable to pull ahead.

The Braves and Phillies are back in action for Game 2 on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 4:35 p.m.

About Talia Baia

Talia Baia is a sophomore at the University of Florida studying journalism with a concentration in sports and media.

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