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Phillies lose game two 9-3 to the Braves, send Aaron Nola to the mound in rubber match today at noon

After winning game one of three in Atlanta on Monday night, the Braves bounced back last night beating the Phillies 9-3, guided by a dominant outing from Spencer Strider.

Cristopher Sanchez was on the mound for the Phillies last night in Atlanta and only pitched two times through the lineup. He allowed seven hits, three earned runs, and a walk while striking out two.

To note, in Sanchez’s last start, he threw 7.1 strong innings against the Braves in South Philly. 

This time around, Rob Thomson wanted to test out a piggyback situation with Sanchez and Michael Lorenzen, who has officially been removed from the starting rotation as the MLB regular season comes to an end. 

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Lorenzen lasted just 0.1 innings last night, coughing up three hits and four earned runs while walking three. Obviously, Michael Lorenzen is not only out of the starting rotation, but he’s out of the postseason. There’s absolutely no way the Phillies can send him to the mound in October.

Since throwing a no-hitter at Citizens Bank Park against the Washington Nationals, Lorenzen has posted a 9.23 ERA. He’s pitched 26.1 innings and has allowed 40 hits and 30 runs while walking 14 and striking out 14. 

Better luck next year, Mike. Truly wish you the best. 

The Phillies only runs on the night came courtesy of Bryce Harper, who crushed his second home run in as many nights in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was a three run blast that cut the Phillies deficit to four runs. 

Bryce Harper 3-Run Home Run

Harper’s 3-run blast was one of four hits from the Phillies on the night. The lineup struggled to hit Spencer Strider, who continues his “Phillies Dominance” in the regular season. Strider tossed seven innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs, while striking out 11.

  • Kyle Schwarber: 1-4, 3 K
  • Bryce Harper: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
  • JT Realmuto: 1-3
  • Johan Rojas: 1-3

Phillies Hunt for Red October

The Phillies still hold a 2.5 game lead over the D-Backs for the top NL Wild Card sport. The magic number to clinch the top Wild Card in the NL is still 9. The magic number for a playoff berth remains at 8.

Phillies NL Wild Card

The Phillies will send Aaron Nola (12-9, 4.62 ERA) to the mound today at 12:20PM against Braves’ pitcher Bryce Edler (12-4, 3.50 ERA). Needless to say, Nola is in desperate need of a solid outing with just 11 games remaining in the regular season.

11 Games Remaining: at ATL (1), vs. NYM (4), vs. PIT (3), at NYM (3)

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