After two games in the National League Division Series, we are right back where we started: even. Both the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves got crucial wins in Game 2 of the five-game set on Wednesday night, sending their respective series elsewhere with it all tied up. The Padres got revenge for a loss in Game 1 by winning by the very same 5-3 score line they had lost by a night prior. Manny Machado hit a solo homer in the top of the first and also had an RBI double in the third while Jurickson Profar kept swinging a hat bat by going 2-3 with an RBI single that proved to be the winner.
Jake Cronenworth hit a solo blast of his own in the top of the eighth to give them some insurance, sending them home with a bit of momentum for Game 3. In Atlanta, meanwhile, the Braves got even by blanking the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0. Kyle Wright and Zack Wheeler were brilliant for five innings, and it always looked like the team that scored first would win. That proved to be correct, with the defending World Series champs getting three RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth, allowing the Bravos to not head to Philly in a must-win for Game 3. Matt Olson, Austin Riley, and Travis d’Arnaud had the hits that made the difference in a game that only saw seven total hits take place.