Disastrous 6-run 8th inning sinks Phillies in 7-2 loss to Braves
The Phillies allowed 6-runs in a disastrous 8th inning, handing the Braves a 7-2 win in the series opener.
Braves (89-55) Beat Phillies (80-64)
- Winning Pitcher: Jesse Chavez (4-1, 3.41)
- Losing Pitcher: Seranthony Dominguez (6-5, 2.51)
The Phillies actually held a 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the 8th inning with one of their best relievers in Seranthony Dominguez set to take the mound. But everything unraveled for the Phillies and Dominguez who saw their lead erased when Ronald Acuña Jr. ripped a 2-run opposite home run.
Seranthony exited after allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits in just 2/3rd of an inning while Nick Nelson chipped in by giving up another earned run on two hits.
The Phillies did just about everything right leading up to 8th inning. Ranger Suarez tossed 6 incredibly strong innings, giving up a single earned run on only 2 hits, while out dueling Braves ace Max Fried. Ranger had struggled in 3 previous starts this season against Atlanta with a 5.06 ERA.
As for the Phillies offense, they only managed to grind out 4 hits off Fried, but made them count when Kyle Schwarber and Jean Segura homered in consecutive innings. After the absolute gut punch that was the 8th inning the Phillies managed a single hit in the 9th but otherwise went down easy.
The San Diego Padres picked up the win against the D-Backs tonight so the Phillies lead for the 2nd wild car spot currently sits at 1.5 games with 18 games to go.
Kyle Schwarber hits an absolute bullet off Max Fried in the 4th inning to put the Phils on the board.
Bryce Harper goes to his knees in the 4th inning after fouling a ball off his back food. It was a scary moment considering Harper’s recent injury history but the reigning NL MVP was able to remain in the game.
William Contreras ties up the ballgame with a laser off Ranger Suarez in the 4th inning.
Jean Segura just barely manages to clear the fence in the 5th inning to give the Phils back the lead.
Dalton Guthrie makes a fantastic catch in foul territory for the second out of the 5th inning.
Jose Alvarado shuts down the Braves with a 1-2-3 7th inning to continue his recent dominance.
Ronald Acuña Jr tears out the heart of Phillies fans all over the world with a 2-run shot off Seranthony Dominguez in the 8th inning.
Seranthony Dominguez leaves a ball out over the plate to William Contreras who rips an RBI single extending the Braves lead.
Three Phillies fail to get under an Ozzie Albies lazy fly ball in shallow left field allowing two more runs to score. Sheesh..
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies will to avoid a three-game losing streak when they take on the Braves in Atlanta at Truist Park.
Aaron Nola (9-11, 3.31) will toe the rubber facing off against Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 4.15) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:20 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
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