Aaron Nola struggles as the Phillies fall to the Braves 6-1
The Philadelphia Phillies dropped their second straight game to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night by a final score of 6-1. Mother’s Day Baseball is always a highlight of the year, with pink bats, gloves, and equipment covering the field. Sunday Night Baseball vs the Braves seems to have turned into a monthly thing, and the Phillies would be on the other end of the stick last night. Aaron Nola struggled early, and the bats couldn’t climb out of the hole.
Aaron Nola didn’t have anything going all night, giving up five earned runs in four innings. Andrew McCutchen would lead off the game with a home run, but a Freeman single, Albies triple, and Swanson home run would immediately follow the Phillies solid start, giving the Braves an early lead.
Saturday night was an all-around headache of a game for the team, and it seemed like that energy carried right over into last night’s national television matchup. The bullpen was actually the highlight of the game (yes, you read that right). Ranger Suarez and Matt Moore would combine for four innings pitched, with only four hits, one earned run, and three strikeouts. Matt Moore has been coming out of the bullpen more recently, and if that helps him focus on his pitching more than innings pitched, then I’m all for it. With Vinny V pitching average innings as a starter this season, moving Moore to the bullpen wouldn’t be the worst thing for the team.
The Phillies dropped two of three to the Braves this weekend, losing last night 6-1. The team will travel to Washington DC to take on the Washington Nationals this week. Chase Anderson, Zack Wheeler, and Zach Eflin are set to make the three starts for the team this week, as the Phillies look to bounce back after a rough series vs Atlanta.
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