Garcia continues his mastery of the Phillies

September 4th, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- is a Phillies killer and two-hole hitter.

Before he scored the decisive run in the 10th inning of the Braves' 6-4 win over the Phillies on Saturday, Garcia went yard twice -- both off , one to left and one to right.

The pair of dingers gave Garcia his fifth multi-hit game against the Phillies in seven games he's started against them this season. His 2-for-4 effort raised his average against the Phils to .414 and gave him his fifth and sixth extra-base hits off Philadelphia pitching this season.

"I didn't know that," Garcia said. "It's a little bit of luck, obviously, but it's nice to see the team's been having such success against the Phillies. It's good to know those numbers and know I've been playing so well against them."

But it's only been the last two games against the Phillies that Garcia has hit behind the leadoff man. Since Aug. 17 -- 16 games -- manager Brian Snitker has penciled Garcia's name into the No. 2 spot. He's recorded hits in all but one game, batting .314 with four homers.

"I honestly do feel good hitting in the two spot," Garcia said. "I feel like I'm seeing more fastballs because of the guys hitting behind me."

In the previous four games that the Braves were averaging eight runs a game, those guys behind Garcia -- and , to name a couple -- had been carrying the offensive load. On Saturday it fell on Garcia's shoulders. He scored three of the Braves' six runs.

"Adonis has done a great job," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Like yesterday. Single, single, sets the stage for the boys."

Garcia played a role closer to a cleanup hitter Saturday, but like Snitker said, he's thrived hitting second, too. Even in a game where he shows off his power stroke, Garcia also showed characteristics of a top-of-the-lineup hitter.

In his final plate appearance, the one he took a walk in, Garcia worked the count full. Although the count ran 3-0 to start the at-bat, Garcia didn't cave on a pitch he didn't want. The second strike was low, but it didn't fool Garcia to chase ball four on the next pitch. Finally, missed again -- low and away -- and Garcia drew a leadoff walk on six pitches.

"It was a great at-bat," Snitker said. "The 3-1 pitch looked a little down, so he did a good job of not biting on the 3-2."

The Braves have now won five straight, averaging more than 7 1/2 runs a game over the stretch. During the winning streak, Garcia is batting .500 (11-for-22) with nine runs scored, five driven in and four extra-base hits.

"Personally, for me, I feel like the team is just clicking," Garcia said. "I kind of feed off that as well. It's good for everyone to come in here and we're playing well. We're just doing all the little things right right now, so it's good to see that and for us to be executing well."