Austin Riley comments on his big night against the Phillies

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The Atlanta Braves took on the defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

The Phillies eliminated the Braves in the NLDS last season.

But in a home-and-away game, Atlanta emerged victorious, beating the Phils 8-5.

Leading was Austin Riley, who had two hits, both of which were towering homers that traveled at least 455 feet.

After the Braves picked up their win, MLB Network’s Lauren Gardner got a chance to catch up with Atlanta’s star third baseman, who discussed his epic performance and what it took to lead the Braves to a win.

Riley said the big thing for him in Thursday’s game was to try to find a pitch that was over home plate and something he could do some damage with.

He also stressed the importance of staying within himself and not trying to do too much.

Riley was facing right-hander Aaron Nola, who he’s faced more than any other pitcher in his career.

The Braves slugger now has four home runs against Nola in his career.

Riley said it was important for him to try to build on his final games and keep that momentum going.

In the end, Riley had a big night, going 2 for 5 and leading in three runs while also scoring two thanks to his towering home runs against Nola.

Atlanta took first place in the National League with the win, improving to 31-19 on the year.

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