Spencer Strider made Braves Strikeout history

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Spencer Strider took the mound for the Atlanta Braves last night as they looked to complete a four-game sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals at Truist Park.

While the Braves fell short in that regard, Strider gave the Cardinals batters fits on Thursday night as he worked his way through their lineup in six shutout innings.

The Cardinals struck 19 times in last night’s game, including 12 from Strider, who made a bit of history by racking up Ks.

He became the first pitcher in Braves history to record his first nine outs via strikeout, and the Braves took to Twitter to celebrate Strider’s accomplishment.

Strider hits his stride

While that may not have been enough to stop the Cardinals and their late game exploits, Strider certainly put the Braves in a decent position to win the game.

He gave the Braves a bit of everything last night.

Again, he went six scoreless innings and had 12 strikeouts overall.

The Braves’ bullpen is what faltered last night, thanks in large part to hitting Albert Pujols, former Braves prospect Juan Yepez and Dylan Carlson hitting the winner.

St. Louis lost the lead twice before finally holding off the Braves in the 11th, winning by a 3-2 final and snapping their four-game losing skid.

But that didn’t take away Strider’s dominance.

He fought his way through a dangerous lineup that includes Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Yepez, Brendan Donovan and several other notable stars, and swung them through the air for the first six innings.

He also allowed just two hits and lowered his ERA to 2.60.

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