Foltynewicz in­spired by un­steady ap­pear­ance

♦ Since six-run in­ning, Braves starter has only al­lowed six runs to­tal

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Nuby­jas Wil­born MDJ Sports Writer

In base­ball and life, the truest tests are pre­sented in how one han­dles ad­ver­sity.

At­lanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz was chal­lenged May 4.

a three-game se­ries against the San Fran­cisco Giants as Foltynewicz strug­gled with com­mand, giv­ing up six runs in the sec­ond in­ning.

“I’m just dis­ap­pointed in my­self,” Foltynewicz said af­ter the game. “It was a big game

and a great crowd. We were on a roll. That one in­ning could have given up just four in that in­ning and it would have been a great ball­game.”

Ron­ald Acuna Jr., and the Braves had come in off a A large crowd was on hand and booed Foltynewicz as he lan­guished through the sec­ond in­ning.

As rough as the out­ing was, it did pro­vide a glim­mer of hope.

Foltynewicz was able to so, showed him­self and the Braves a step of growth.

stay out there and bat­tle,” man­ager Brian Snitker said. “You’re go­ing to have games like that. You’re go­ing to have in­nings like that. He’s been one in­ning of the sea­son. He’ll bounce back and be

That was Foltynewicz’s sev­enth start of the sea­son, and the fourth in which he com­pleted five or fewer in­nings.

learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. You learn ev­ery game, but you don’t want to learn in this fash­ion in front of this crowd and in this great en­vi­ron­ment. This is a tough one for me.”

The 26-year-old Foltynewicz en­tered the sea­son com­ing off a dra­matic high and low within 24 hours of one an­other. A day af­ter los­ing in salary ar­bi­tra­tion, son, Michael.

/ AP

Af­ter al­low­ing a six-run sec­ond in­ning to the Giants on May 4, Mike Foltynewicz has only al­lowed six runs to­tal in six out­ings since.

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