WATCH: Craig Kimbrel gets save No. 400, Kyle Schwarber’s toast in the locker room following 6-4 Phillies win over the Atlanta Braves
The Philadelphia Phillies got back in the win column last night in Atlanta with a 6-4 win over the Braves.
The Fightins struck first after Nick Castellanos tripled to right field, scoring Bryson Stott and Trea Turner to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead.
Taijuan Walker got the nod last night and all things considered, he pitched pretty well. Walker tossed 6.2 innings and allowed 10 hits but only three earned runs. He coughed up the first Braves run on a sac fly from Eddie Rosario that scored Marcell Ozuna in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the Phillies lead in half.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Michael Harris hit a two-run home run to left centerfield to put the Braves up 3-2.
Just like the first game of this series however, the Phillies responded immediately in the top of the sixth inning thanks to Brandon Marsh hitting a two-out bases loaded single to left field to score Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto.
In the top of the seventh inning, Trea Turner doubled on a line drive to centerfield to score Bryson Stott, giving the Phillies a 5-3 lead and Bryce Harper added another run on a sac fly to Michael Harris II that scored Turner.
Marcell Ozuna hit a home run to centerfield to cut the Phillies lead down to two runs and Craig Kimbrel was then given the opportunity to earn his 400th career save in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Craig Kimbrel: Save No. 400
Kimbrel became the eighth pitcher in MLB History to record 400 saves following a scoreless ninth inning as the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4.
All-Time MLB Leaders in Saves
- Mariano Rivera (652 saves)
- Trevor Hoffman (601)
- Lee Smith (478)
- Francisco Rodriguez (437)
- John Franco (424)
- Billy Wagner (422)
- Kenley Jansen (401)
- Craig Kimbrel (400)
Kimbrel reached the mark in his 730th career appearance in the MLB. According to MLB.com, only Rivera (697) and Hoffman (706) reached that milestone in fewer games.
The moment was even more special for Kimbrel because it happened in Atlanta where he began his career on May 7, 2010.
As a member of the Braves, he tallied 186 saves from 2010-2014. Kimbrel recorded his 200th save against the Braves in 2015 and last night, secured No. 400 in the same ballpark.
Kyle Schwarber, beer in hand, toasts Craig Kimbrel following the win
Side Note: Shoutout to Kimbrel’s dad and the rest of his family and friends in the stands last night.
The Phillies win pushed them back to just three games under the .500 mark on the season at 24-27. They have two games left against the Atlanta Braves before playing three against the New York Mets and three against the Washington Nationals on their current 10-game road trip.