Contreras gets the first shot on the way out, Braves beats Phyllis 6-5 | Sports

ATLANTA (AP) – William Contreras has chosen the perfect moment for his first career hit.

His parents, William Contreras and Olga Castilla, were in the stands for the first time watching him play in the major leagues, and the 24-year-old wanted to send them back to Venezuela happy. He was 0 to 4 with three clean-ups before his big swing Tuesday night.

Contreras identified Ronald Acuni Jr. at home at the bottom of the ninth inning, which brought the Atlanta Braves a 6-5 victory over Philadelphia Phyllis.

“Very happy, emotional – no words for that,” Contreras said through an interpreter. “Me and my brother (Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras) are both here because of the sacrifice they made for us. All their constant support, making us through everything. So, out of emotion. I am very grateful. ”

Bryce Harper put Philadelphia ahead 5-4 at the top of the ninth with two Homer runs from Kenly Jansen (3-0). Harper finished with four IRBs.

But the Braves rallied, taking advantage of a costly mistake by center-back Roman Quinn.

Dansby Swanson doubled Nick Nelson (1-1) to start ninth and advanced to the wild. Swanson was returning home when Akuni’s sacrificial fly bounced off Quinn’s glove, allowing Akuni to reach second base before being killed by a Contras strike.

Phyllis tried to win the third game in a row and the seventh in their last nine away games. The Brave fought a season after winning the World Series, but stopped skidding in two games.

Harper has come in with one hit in the last 27 battles at Truist Park. The two-time MVP NL works exclusively on designated strikers until he recovers from a right elbow injury that prevented him from playing on the right field. His 10th Homer drove 438 feet and crashed into the facade of Chop House in the right field.

“Yeah, I was thrilled with the whole team,” Harper said. “I was ready to go back to the dugout and celebrate. It’s just tough. We cannot continue to do so. We have to win games. Such a game – we have to win in such a game. “

Matt Olson’s homer for Atlanta, his fifth of the season, hit a foul pole on the right and led 3-2 in the sixth. Ozzy Albis and Austin Riley moved into singles classes, and Adam Duvall went to load the base and chase entertainer James Norwood before Akunya went to sacrifice against Andrew Bellatti to make the score 4-2.

Brave starter Max Fried allowed five strokes and two runs with two moves and five strikeouts in six innings. He ended his night by deleting JT Realmuto with loaded bases.

“I’m just trying to fight as best I can and get out of this traffic jam in the sixth,” Fried said. “(Manager Brian Snitker) came out and asked how I was doing and I said it was probably the best stuff I’ve had all night. He said, “Go, take them.”

Harper’s RBI single in the seventh reduced it to 4-3. Harper was 0 to 12 in his career against substitute Will Smith.

Philadelphia tied the score at 2 in the sixth when Alec Bohm doubled up, advanced to the pass and scored in Harper’s double.

The Brothers took a 2-1 lead in the second in the singles RBI Swanson and Akuni against starter Phyllis Kyle Gibson, who was accused of seven strokes and two runs for five innings.

Philadelphia rose 1-0 in the second when Jean Segura reached a singles game on the backyard, moved to third place in Kyle Schwarber’s single and scored a goal in Realmouth’s sacrificial move.

The perch, whose series of 29 games at the base ended on Monday, went with a score of 2 to 3, but stood out with runners on the first and second to finish fourth.

Brave 27-15 against Philadelphia at Truist Park since opening in 2017.

For Contreras it was a busy week. He debuted on the left field on Monday and will catch on Wednesday. On Tuesday, he served as a designated striker, and Snitker transferred him to the 2nd hole in the lineup behind Akunya.

This is a big twist when you consider that Contreras could still be in Triple-A if former catcher № 2 Manny Pinha were not injured at the end of the season.

“I just tried to stay mentally strong and focused on everything that came my way,” Contreras said. “Obviously, if they give me a chance, I want to take advantage of it. I want to make the most of it. I am happy with where I am, I am happy with the work I have done so far and I look forward to it. ”

Coaching room

Atlanta, Eddie Rosario, who has blurred vision and swelling of his right retina since April 26, rides a bike and does light training, but has four or six weeks left from baseball. MVP 2021 NLCS said his eyesight improved after surgery. … Realmouth, the Philadelphia catcher, visited the coach in the fourth after the next shot before Riley’s second shot in the helmet. Realmuta threw out Albis while trying to steal the base and stayed in the game.


Phyllis RHP Zach Eflin will earn $ 5.7 million this season by avoiding arbitrage. The agreement includes a reciprocal option of $ 15 million for 2023. A hearing for Eflin and the team was scheduled for Wednesday. He asked for a raise from $ 4.45 million to $ 6.9 million and was offered $ 5.15 million.


Braves RHP Charlie Morton (3-3, 4.95 ERA) will meet LHP Ranger Suarez (4-2, 4.12) in the third game of a four-game series. Morton went 3-2 with an 2.19 ERA in five starts against Phyllis last year. Suarez was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in four games against Atlanta last year.

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