All the pressure in the world was on the Atlanta Braves ahead of Game 2 of their NLDS with the St. Louis Cardinals at home on Friday afternoon. A loss and they would be down 2-0, headed out for a second year a bit too early. Facing Jack Flaherty, a man on absolute fire since the All-Star break, it was the Braves’ own pitcher that dominated.
Mike Foltynewicz came up with a gem of a game, going seven innings and giving up just three hits as he led the Braves to a 3-0 shutout win. The Braves had posted a single run in the first and got two more in the seventh from pinch hitter Adam Duvall that gave them some insurance. Across the country, the Washington Nationals pulled out all the stops to also even their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Like we saw in the Wild Card game, the Nats turned to both Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, with the former shocking the Dodgers. Strasburg outdueled Clayton Kershaw, giving up only one run while the lefty gave up three, and then turned the ball over to Scherzer eventually. The early 3-0 lead for the Nats would hold up and turn into a 4-2 win, giving them a way back into the series as they head to Washington for Game 3 on Sunday.