For 8 2⁄3 inning tonight, the young battery of Braves by Tucker Davidson and William Contreras were the brilliant starts in the game tonight. However, another young player in the other dugout stole the spotlight in Phyllis’ final attack, resulting in a heartbreaking loss for the brave.
Davidson actually had a bit of a rocky start. After Braves came down at the start of the first inning against Zack Eflin, Davidson worked on a single and went to keep Phyllis off the board. Then Atlanta decided to go to work at the beginning of the second inning, because a mistake, a walk and a single loaded the bases with no outs. Unfortunately, two reasons followed and a kick, and the Brave could not make the most of an ideal opportunity at the beginning of the game.
Davidson allowed two more singles at the bottom of the second, but he once again managed without problems unharmed. After much early practice, both Eflin and Davidson found their channels. In the third inning, Eflin worked around a single until Davidson allowed a mistake by Austin Riley to do damage. Both pitchers worked twice as hard as the opposition in their half of the fourth inning. In the fifth, Eflin used a double play to sit Braves, while Davidson followed 1
At the start of the sixth inning, the Braves finally broke through. Although a double play of Riley’s game resulted in two quick outs, Dunsby Swanson, Abraham Almonte and William Contreras single, and Swanson scored 1: 0. This was Contreras’ third hit in the game and he once again delivered in a situation of connector. He was certainly a real benefit to the offense instead of the injured Travis d’Arno.
Despite giving up a strong voice from Andrew MuCutchen, Davidson again withdrew Phyllis to end his night in the sixth inning. For six innings, Davidson needed only 90 pitches to travel with exceptional performance, allowing only four hits, zero runs, one walk and four shots. Of these 90 pitches, 59 were on strike. It was only in his fourth career appearance that Davidson was truly impressive and probably gained an expanded look at the Braves rotation.
Unfortunately, the Braves could not support him with a victory.
Ranger Suarez and Tyler Matzek did their job in the seventh inning as no fouls reached base. Suarez finished his work again in the lead of the eighth inning, while Chris Martin set a perfect bottom in the eighth for the brave. Suarez placed a third perfect inning at the top of the ninth, limiting great effort to keep the score at 1: 0 in favor of the brave. Will Smith took the mound at the bottom of the ninth inning and immediately retired Rhys Hoskins with a punch.
After McCutchen left, Brad Miller jumped out for the second. Then Luke Williams stepped to the plate. Williams was called up yesterday and made his Premier League debut as a striker last night and got his first start tonight. Having already delivered a double earlier in the game, Williams once again delivered a double run from the home of Smith, which led to Phyllis’ last 2-1 victory.
Davidson’s dominant performance will certainly bring value, but the devastating loss is clearly the key to tonight’s lead. The Braves are already 0-5 in games this season, trying to reach over .500. The key is not to let the impact of this loss linger after tonight, as the Brave have little room for error in a critical part of the season. We hope that with an early start tomorrow, they will be ready to win to win the series.