Saturday, November 27, 2021

The Braves will face Phil after beating the Padres 4-3 in ninth place

SAN DIEGO (WNN) — Will Smith nearly got three walks in the ninth inning to end the Atlanta Braves’ 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday, which took a 2 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia . Their NL East Showdown.

Pinch hitter Orlando Arcia hit a go-forward double in the sixth off Pierce Johnson (3-4). Jock Pedersen homeed and scored twice for Atlanta, which has led the division since August 15. The Braves won despite running seven Padres.

Atlanta won seven of nine in the three-match series starting Tuesday and hosted the Phillies. Philadelphia ends with three games in Miami, and with the Braves locked out at home with three games against the Mets, a make game possible in Colorado on October 4.

“It’s what you play for,” said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker. “We have a lot of work to do in the next week.”

Smith walks Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado, then throws a third strike to pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis Jr. on a slider in the lower, inside corner.

Smith said, ‘Just trying to get him out.

Smith drove Tommy Pham to four pitches, loaded the bases, and pitching coach Rick Kranitz went to the mound.

Trent Grisham took a third strike on a borderline fastball at high, inside corner, which plate umpire Greg Gibson called the pitcher’s way.

Smith went 2–0 behind Ha-Song Kim before the evening count. Kim fouled a slider, then swung it under a fastball to save her 35th in 41 chances. Catcher Vic Caratini caught a wrong tip for the final out.

“Never give up. He has a big belly,” Snitkar said.

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San Diego, out of contention after the season a day earlier, lost for the 14th time in 17 games and fell 78–78 to .500 for the first time since a 10–10 start.

“There wasn’t much you could do with those pitches for Tatis and Grisham,” said Padres manager Jayce Tingler.

AJ Minter (3–7) won by a third of an innings. Atlanta completed the road portion of its schedule 46-35.

Joe Musgrove, whose no-hitter in Texas on April 9 was the highlight of the San Diego season, allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings with nine strikeouts.

“It’s everything to me – being able to pitch in my hometown for a team I’ve wanted to play for the rest of my life,” Musgrove said.

Pedersen took second, and the Braves also took a 3–0 lead in doubles by Austin Riley and Travis D’Arnaud and a bloop single in the center by pinch-hitter Ehir Adrianza, which Grisham returned to the original. Going and playing the wrong way.

Cronenworth hit a two-run triple in fifth off Jacob Webb and scored on Machado’s single but it would not be enough for the Padres.

“This team has a bunch of hearts and I’m excited to be a part of it,” said D’Arnaud.


Braves: Reinstated RHP Touki Toussaint from the bereavement list and substituted him for Triple-A Gwinnett.


Braves: RHP Charlie Morton (13-6) will start Tuesday against RHP Jack Wheeler (14-9).

Padres: RHP Yu Darvish (8-10) starts Tuesday at the Los Angeles Dodgers and RHP Walker Buehler (14-4).


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