The Phillies Lost a Series, But the Sky Is Not Falling!

The Phillies lost a series but the sky is not falling! The Philadelphia Phillies traveled to Atlanta for a 3 game set with the Braves. The Phils still have an 8 game lead in the NL East over the Bravos, even after losing two out of three in the weekend series. Oh yeah, and they still have best record in the National League and baseball overall with a 58-32 record. Don’t stress this weekend Phillies Phans!

Game 1 – Nola gets his 100th Career Win

Phillies strike first in game 1 of the series winning 8-6 against the Atlanta Braves. Aaron Nola got his 100th career win, and Trea Turner hit two home runs in this game to help propel the Phillies. Turner hit his first home run off Max Fried in the 4th inning. Turner hit his second shot in the 6th inning, and what a shot it was! The ball traveled 459 feet into left field and was Turner’s 16th career multi-home run game. Turner is not a big guy at all weighing only 185 pounds. However, what he lacks in physical size, he makes up for in really quick bat speed.

“He’s not the biggest guy on the planet and I don’t know how he hits the ball so far,” Thomson said.

“I knew I hit it good,” Turner said. “I didn’t know I hit it that far.”

The Phillies banged out 15 hits in this one, and that was without Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and JT Realmuto in the lineup, as they are nursing injuries. They scored runs in the 4th, 6th, and 7th innings. They put up 3 runs in the 4th, capped off with Turner’s 2-run homer. In the 6th inning, Turner hit another 2-run shot putting the Phillies up 5-2. In the 7th inning, The Phillies scored 3 more runs to end the scoring for the night. The Phillies never lost the lead in this game.

Max Fried pitched for the Braves on Friday. He got smoked by the Phillies bats, giving up 5 earned runs on 11 hits. The 11 hits were a season high given up by Fried. His final line: 6 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

Aaron Nola pitched a quality start giving up three earned runs on five hits. Nola’s career record now sits at 100-75. His final line: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.

Jeff Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

Game 2 – Ranger in Danger?

The Philadelphia Phillies were hoping Ranger Suarez would be up to task and help take down the series against the Braves on Saturday night. Unfortunately, Ranger wasn’t on his game. Maybe the 31 minute rain delay to start the game off had something to do with it, but this is the 3rd start in a row, Ranger has given up at least 4 runs. Suarez was on a historical pace, as he was pacing the Phillies pitching rotation; however some regression is to be expected. Suarez ERA jumped from 2.27 to 2.58. These numbers are still extremely excellent as we’re now over the midway point of the season. His final line in this game: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.

Braves rookie starting pitcher Spencer Schwellenbach fared much better in this contest. He only gave up 1 earned run to the Phillies, going six innings for the win. His only blemish came off the bat of the super-hot Trea Turner. Turner hit an RBI single in the 3rd inning off Schwellenbach. That was the only run the Phillies could muster against the Braves. Schwellenbach’s final line: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.

Schwellenbach enjoyed beating the MLB best Phillies.

“Especially turning it around from last week, coming in and making some adjustments and hammering the strike zone,” Schwellenbach said.

Both Marcell Ozuna and Ozzie Albies homered for the Braves on Saturday to help secure the 5-1 win against the Phillies. They also both homered on Friday night.

Game 3 – Phillies get shut out

The home run barrage continued for the Braves against the Phillies this weekend series, as they tacked on four more homers Sunday to win 6-0. Adam Duvall, Jarred Kelenic, and Matt Olson homered for the Braves in the 2nd inning. Eli White then homered in the 6th inning.

Michael Mercado had his 2nd career start, and this outing was a stark contrast from his last outing where he pitched 5 scoreless innings. Mercado couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning vs. the Braves after giving up 3 home runs. His final line: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.

Reynaldo Lopez pitched for the Braves and did a little bit better than Mercado in this outing. He threw six shutout innings and lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.71. His final line: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.

Nick Castellanos had his 8 game hitting streak snapped after going 0-3 in this game. Trea Turner’s 6 game hitting streak also ended after he went 0-3 as well.

At least the Phillies are playing over .500 ball (5-4) since Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber were placed on the injured list. Schwarber is expected to return on Tuesday when the Phillies return home to CBP, to kick off a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Should be fun!

UP NEXT

Phillies: Right-hander Zack Wheeler (9-4, 2.74) will face Dodgers right-hander Bobby Miller (1-1, 6.12) in the opener of a three-game series of division leaders in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Braves: Left-hander Chris Sale (11-3, 2.71) will likely take on Diamondbacks rookie Yilber Diaz, who will be making his major league debut in the opener of a four-game series in Arizona on Monday.

Sal Giuffrida
Sal Giuffrida

Sal “Sal G.” Giuffrida has lived in the Philadelphia area for over 40 years. His specialty coverage includes the Phillies and Eagles. Follow him on X @salgphilly.

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