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Mike Foltynewicz Issues Apologetic Statement After Disappointing NLDS Start

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 09:  Mike Foltynewicz #26 of the Atlanta Braves looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning in game five of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 09, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Mike Foltynewicz's Game 2 start was arguably the best of his career. Well, the script flipped for his outing in Game 5, as Folty was chased off the rubber after just 0.1 inning of work, surrendering six earned runs before the Braves even picked up their bats.

After he was fetched from the mound, the Cards were able to plate a few more, running up the score to 10-0. Foltynewicz could be seen looking distraught in the dugout, and after the game he spoke to the media and issued an apology for his performance.

"I'm very embarrassed for all this hard work for this team to do. Veterans, rookies, all these guys, for it to come down to this, not even give our team a chance before they get to bat," said Folty.

The Braves were effectively out of the running from the get-go in this one, and Folty feels personally responsible.

He was treated to a ton of boos from disgruntled Braves fans, and rightfully so considering his inability to keep the Cards' bats contained cost them a trip to the NLCS.

Folty's going to have a hard time shaking off this start, but the Braves are hoping he can put it in the past and focus on having a consistent 2020 campaign, as he was far from stable in 2019.