The Atlanta Braves split a twin-bill against the St. Louis Cardinals on Fathers Day at Truist Park. The home team fell in the opener 9-1, but emerged as the victors in the night cap 1-0. It allowed Atlanta to take the four-game National League series versus St. Louis 3-1 and finish their latest six-game homestand with an even three wins and three losses.
Highlights included the 100th career homer of Ronald Acuna Jr. in the bottom of the third inning in game two, the lone run in that game.
Drew Smyly picked up the win for Atlanta in game two after giving up just one hit, walking three, and striking out five over five and two-third scoreless innings. Will Smith nabbed the save. Kwang Hyun Kim took the loss for St. Louis.
Adam Wainwright was the winning pitcher in game one for the Cards, whose offensive leaders included Nolan Arenado with a two-run homer off of Bryse Wilson in the first inning and Paul Goldschmidt with a three-run shot off Josh Tomlin in the fifth. Wilson took the loss for the Braves after surrendering five runs and eight hits, walking none, and striking out four in four innings.
The Braves will play another double header today up in New York versus the Mets. Game one in that twin bill among rivals of the National League East is set for 5:10 pm. Listen on WLAQ 1410 AM or 96.9 FM; air time is 3:55 pm. Atlanta is currently in third place of the NL East, five games behind division- leading New York.