PHILADELPHIA. Ranger Suarez threw in six brilliant innings as the Philadelphia Phillies continued on their way to their first playoff spot in a decade with a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
Suarez allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two. Zach Eflin got five outs before José Alvarado completed his second six-hitter save.
Philadelphia (82–67) moved halfway from San Diego for second place in the National League and remained 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for last place in the playoffs. The Phillies also hold a season-series lead over the Brewers, which is a tie-break between the teams this year after Major League Baseball eliminated the single-game tie-break in the extended playoffs.
The Braves (93-57) fell 1 1/2 games behind the dormant New York Mets to take the lead in the NL East. The two teams will meet in Atlanta next weekend to play their last three scheduled matches against each other this season. Atlanta have secured a playoff berth and are currently number one in the NL.
Atlanta played without outfielder Ronald Akuna Jr., who was scratched from a tight back.
The Braves threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with two strikeouts. But Suarez avoided the jam when he retired. Michael Harris II on an earthling to the first.
Eflin and Alvarado completed the Phillies’ 14th shutout of the season together.
Both teams were hit by strong crosswinds. Two potential home run balls – one from Philadelphia Rhys Hoskinsand one for the Braves outfielder Marcel Ozuna — were hit on the warning track in left field by winds of 17 miles per hour.
Braves: RHP Mike Soroka will be closed for the remainder of the season due to right elbow inflammation. Manager Brian Snitker said there was no structural damage in Magpie’s elbow and he would be ready to return for the 2023 season.
Phyllis: OF Brandon Marsh Pulled out of the squad for the second game in a row due to a bruised left knee. Wierling, who played 5-of-5 in Philadelphia’s 4-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday night, started in center field instead of Marsh.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Atlanta Braves will “forever be known as the upset kings of October” for their incredible victory in the 2021 World Series as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration.
Biden called the Braves race “unstoppable and joyful.” The team visited the White House just over a week before the end of the 2022 regular season and the resumption of the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Braves are 1.5 games behind the New York Mets in the National League Eastern but have secured a spot in the MLB playoffs starting October 7th. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk expressed his hope that they would return to the White House again soon. .
In August 2021, the Braves were in disarray, playing at barely .500. But then they started winning. And they continued like that, winning the World Series in six games over the Houston Astros.
Biden called their performance “the greatest turn in history.”
“This team has literally been a part of American history for over 150 years,” Biden said. “But none of it came easy… people considered you. Hell, I know a thing or two about being left out.
The players lined up on stands behind Biden, grinning and waving to the crowd, but the player most talked about was a player who hadn’t been on the team for nearly 50 years and who died last year: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.
Hammerin Hank was the home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth with a lefthand blow on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players in Atlanta and baseball history, a keen chronicler of hardships. was thrown along the way, from the poverty and segregation of his Alabama youth to the racist threats he faced while chasing one of America’s most sacred records. He died in January at the age of 86.
“This team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.
McGuirk said that Aaron, who held positions at the team’s headquarters and was one of the few black leaders in Major League Baseball, was watching them.
“If he were here, he would be with us every step of the way,” McGuirk added.
The president often honors major league champions and some college athletic champions with a ceremony at the White House, usually a non-partisan one, in which the commander-in-chief pays homage to the prowess of the champions, poses for photographs, and leaves with the team jersey.
These visits were highly valued by the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric regarding police, immigration, and more. Trump, for his part, did not like criticism from athletes or their expression of political views on the field.
Under Biden, the tradition seems to have returned. He hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House. On Monday, he joked about First Lady Jill Biden’s affections for Philadelphia.
“Like every Philadelphia fan, she is convinced that she knows more about everything in sports than anyone else,” he said. He added that he couldn’t be too kind to the Atlanta team because they had beaten the Phillies in extra innings the night before.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was later asked about the team’s name, especially as other professional sports teams dropped names – like the Cleveland Indians, now the Guardians and Washington Redskins, now the Commanders – after years of complaints from Native. American groups over images and symbols.
She said it was important for the country to have a conversation. “And the voices of Native Americans and First Nations – they should be at the center of this conversation,” she said.
Biden backed MLB’s decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s sweeping new voting law, which critics say is too restrictive.