December 2, 2023

Phillies Win 2 Of 4 Down in Atlanta


Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper reacts after hitting a two run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

The Phillies had a successful series against the Braves as they took 2-of-4 down in Atlanta against the reigning World Series champions.

Game recaps

Coming off a victory in Philadelphia this past Sunday vs a very scary Dodgers team, the Phillies got the bats working on Monday in Atlanta although allowing a few runs from Atlanta, 7-3.

 Zack Wheeler got the start for the Phillies and pitched a fantastic game. He struck out ten batters and only gave up two runs in 6.2 innings. His mechanics looked phenomenal. 

The scoring started with Rhys Hoskins hitting a double to right field on runners in scoring position which scored Roman Quinn, J.T. Realmuto, and Kyle Schwarber to make it a 3-0 lead in the top of the 2nd. The scoring continued in the next top half of the inning as J.T. Realmuto hit a triple to left field and scored Kyle Schwarber to rack up the scoreboard to a 4-0 lead.

 The Braves had to bring in a reliever already and that didn’t go well as Roman Quinn doubled deep to right-center and scored Johan Camargo and J.T. Realmuto as well to make the score 6-0.

Next, in the top of the 4th, Jean Segura singled to center and scored Alec Bohm to make the score 7-0.

Zach Wheeler really came into the game ready to roll. His command was absolutely amazing and made Phillies fans around the Philadelphia area have a good feeling about his performance. Hopefully this is a bright sign for Wheeler heading into his next start.

The offense for this ball club was awesome on Monday night as everyone was hitting around solid. This was great to watch as the Phillies kept on their feet throughout the whole game which made the game out of control for the Braves.

Coming off two straight victories, the Braves snapped the Phillies’ winning streak with a solid performance, winning the game on a walk-off 6-5 final.

Well, it was the opposite day for the offense on Tuesday evening in Atlanta as the Braves had their hitting machines working against a very inconsistent starting rotation in the Phillies.

Kyle Gibson got the start for the Phillies and his performance was an alright one as the Braves offense started to ramp up hits as the game progressed. Gibson gave up seven hits throughout his start in five innings.

It was a back and forth battle on the offensive sides but the Braves’ offense thrived more which made the Phillies’ defense look out of whack. In the top of the 2nd inning, the Phillies got on board first as J.T. Realmuto got out on a sacrifice fly to center field which scored Jean Segura and made it 1-0 Phillies.

The Braves scored in multiple innings against Gibson although he let only two earned runs come home to continue the scoring. 

Although the Phillies couldn’t get it to go late in the game, Alec Bohm and Bryce Harper were the two that shined all over Atlanta with their batting performances. 

It got very ugly in the bottom half of the ninth inning for the Phillies but I won’t get into what made them lose.

Should Phillies fans be ashamed of this putrid bullpen usage? Phillies fans should absolutely be ashamed of the type of performance that Phillies closer Nick Nelson had as well as Phillies reliever James Norwood. They couldn’t seem to put the Braves to sleep with their commands. It’ll be a very long rest of the season for the Phillies if they can’t stop these pathetic comebacks by other teams like the one Tuesday night.

Coming off an ugly ending on Wednesday night, the Phillies got rolling as they managed to keep their lead versus the Braves in the last game of their four-game series with a terrific performance by Phillies starting pitcher, Aaron Nola who was on his game as he pitched 8.1 innings, struck out ten batters, and managed to walk none.

The scoring for the Phillies all started in the top of the third with a J.T. Realmuto bomb to left field. It was quiet scoring-wise from there on for Philadelphia as they got going again in the seventh inning as Obduel Herrera doubled to right field and scored Realmuto and Kyle Schwarber making the score 3-0.

Later in the game, in the top of the eighth, Nick Castellanos doubled deep to center field that scored Bryce Harper to continue their stellar offensive playmaking.

Phillies closer Corey Knebel came in to pitch in the ninth inning and did his thing to help the Phillies stay on top with a 4-1 victory.

Poor Bohm performance

Alec Bohm had a poor performance at the plate. Is this something that fans should get worried about? There shouldn’t be a doubt that this performance that he had on Thursday night had a deep effect moving forward. He went 0-for-3 at the plate with four plate appearances but sometimes it happens to the best of them. It’ll be interesting to see how he hits in their next series versus the New York Mets.

Is Nola… back?

Is Aaron Nola finally making it back to the ACE again? It’s very hard to tell as Nola has been very inconsistent the past couple of starts. It happens, and as I can see he’s progressing from his performances in the past with much better command. Can Aaron Nola keep doing what he just did in his next few starts? We will see.

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