Standings

1st. Atlanta Braves- 62-56

2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 61-57 (1 GB)

3rd. New York Mets- 59-58 (2.5 GB)

4th. Miami Marlins- 51-67 (11 GB)

5th. Washington Nationals- 50-68 (12 GB)

 

Recap

Atlanta Braves 

The Braves started their week by taking two of three from the Reds at home. Ozzie Albies clubbed a walk-off, three run home run in the bottom of the eleventh inning on Wednesday to give Atlanta the 8-6 win. They led the game 5-3 heading into the ninth inning until a two-run home run from Joey Votto off of Will Smith tied the game. 

Atlanta then traveled to Washington for three with the Nats. They swept Washington, including a 12-2 drubbing on Saturday that saw Atlanta Lund four home runs, including two from Dansby Swanson. Swanson finished with 6 RBIs, which backed six strong innings from Max Fried who allowed two runs on five hits with seven K’s. 

Upcoming games- Three in Miami followed by three in Baltimore 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 

The Phillies dropped two of three to the Dodgers at home to start their week. The losses in the first two games snapped an eight game winning streak. A home run from Bryce Harper and a strong effort from Ranger Suárez and the Phillies bullpen prevented a sweep. Suárez went 4 ⅓ while allowing one run before four Phillies relievers took it the rest of the way and allowed no further runs in the 2-1 victory. 

Philadelphia then faced the Reds for three at home. They dropped two of three, salvaging just the middle game thanks to a brilliant performance from Matt Moore and the bullpen. Moore went six no-hit innings before the game was turned over to the bullpen. Héctor Neris, Archie Bradley, and Ian Kennedy combined to go three innings with one run allowed on three hits in the 6-1 victory. 

Upcoming games- Three in Arizona followed by three in San Diego 

 

New York Mets 

The Mets started their week sweeping the Nats in three games at home in a rain filled series. Pete Alonso’s walk-off home run in the seventh inning of the second game of a doubleheader ensured a sweep of both the doubleheader and the series. Marcus Stroman was good in the first game of the doubleheader, going 5 ⅓ while allowing one run on three hits and striking out eight in a 4-1 win. 

New York then played host for three with the Dodgers. It didn’t go well for the Mets, as they were swept at home by the defending champions. An RBI double by Cody Bellinger in the 10th inning gave the Dodgers a 2-1 win in game two and five total home runs, two from Max Muncy, ensured the sweep with a 14-4 drubbing on Sunday night. 

Upcoming games- Three in San Francisco followed by four in L.A. with the Dodgers

 

Miami Marlins 

The Marlins started off the week by dropping two of three to the Padres in San Diego. They avoided a sweep on Wednesday with a 7-0 win powered by a two homer day from Lewis Brinson and a dazzling start from Sandy Alcantara. Brinson totaled three RBIs with a two run shot and a solo home run, while Alcantara threw seven shutout innings while allowing four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. 

Miami then hosted the Cubs for three over the weekend. They swept out the Cubs, including a wild game one that featured a 14-10 final and 7 total home runs. The Marlins accounted for three of those homers, two which came as part of an 11 run second inning. Bryan De La Cruz’s grand slam starting the outburst and Alex Jackson’s three run home run capped off the inning. 

Upcoming games- Three at home with the Braves followed by four in Cincinnati 

 

Washington Nationals 

The Nats were swept out in three games by the Mets at home to start their week. They suffered two walk-off losses, with Mason Thompson blowing the save in an 8-7 loss in game one and Kyle Finnegan allowing a home run in a tie game in the 11th inning of game three. 

Washington then returned home for three with Atlanta. They suffered a sweep at the hands of the Braves, allowing a total of 11 home runs in just three games. The Nats allowed at least three home runs in each of the games in the series. 

Upcoming games- Two at home with the Blue Jays followed by three in Milwaukee