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Confounding error costs Phillies in 8-4 loss to Braves



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ATLANTA (AP) — Dansby Swanson scored the tiebreaking run within the fifth inning on an excruciating defensive sequence by the Phillies, and the Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia 8-4 on Wednesday evening.

Swanson singled and got here round to attain for a 5-4 lead on a play that began with a wild pitch by reliever José Alvarado (0-2) and a excessive throw from catcher J.T. Realmuto in an try to maintain Swanson from reaching second.

The miscues got worse from there.

The ball sailed previous the outstretched gloves of Jean Segura at second and Bryson Stott at shortstop, then went beneath the glove of heart fielder Odúbel Herrera for a two-base error.

It appeared each Segura and Stott might’ve caught the ball — neither was charged with an error — and saved it from getting away. Herrera charged and overran the ball, then regarded much more hapless as he retreated to select it up close to the warning observe.

Austin Riley adopted along with his ninth homer to make it 6-4. Swanson, who went 4 for five, linked along with his sixth homer, an opposite-field shot to proper, for a 7-4 lead within the sixth. He additionally added an RBI single within the four-run second.

Charlie Morton, a 38-year-old making his three hundredth profession begin, stranded runners at third within the first and fourth, but he couldn’t escape bother within the fifth because the Phillies scored twice to tie it at 4. He was chased on Segura’s RBI single.

Morton went 3-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 5 begins towards Philadelphia final 12 months, however he wasn’t as lucky this time, getting charged with 9 hits and 4 runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Ranger Suárez had a 2.49 ERA since turning into a full-time Phillies starter Aug. 2 and had a 1.91 ERA in seven street begins since becoming a member of the rotation. He didn’t fare as nicely towards Atlanta, giving up 5 runs and 6 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Spencer Strider (1-1) bought the win in aid.

Philadelphia Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi watches from the dugout throughout the first inning of the group’s baseball sport towards the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, Could 25, 2022, in Atlanta.

Atlanta took a 4-1 lead within the second. After William Contreras’ seventh homer narrowly cleared the wall in left, Ozzie Albies had a two-run single. Swanson adopted with a single that scored Albies from second.

Morton trailed 1-0 within the second when Herrera hit his third homer, a 431-foot shot that hit off the Chop Home façade in proper discipline. Herrera added an RBI single within the fourth that trimmed the result in 4-2.

The Braves have received seven of eight towards Philadelphia at residence and are 28-15 versus the Phillies since Truist Park opened in 2017.

Phillies slugger Bryce Harper, a two-time NL MVP, is 7 for his final 8, which incorporates three doubles and a homer.

Philadelphia’s poor protection got here one evening after a wild pitch allowed Swanson, who had doubled, to advance to 3rd within the ninth inning. Heart fielder Roman Quinn adopted by calling for a fly ball that bounced off his glove and fell between him and proper fielder Nick Castellanos. Swanson scored and Ronald Acuña Jr., who hit the ball, scored from second when Contreras singled him in for the walkoff win.


Acuña was scratched with proper quadriceps tightness about 90 minutes for the primary pitch. He awoke Wednesday feeling sore and examined out his leg operating on the sphere earlier than deciding towards enjoying. Travis Demeritte took Acuña’s place within the discipline and batted ninth. Albies moved into Acuña’s leadoff spot within the batting order.


Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi defended his determination to not use nearer Corey Knebel within the ninth inning of Tuesday’s walk-off loss. Knebel had pitched two straight days, and Girardi has a coverage of not utilizing a reliever three days in a row. He says the harm threat is simply too nice in a 162-game season.

“I informed him, ‘Look, you threw a bunch of pitches on Sunday, you threw a bunch of pitches on Monday. I admire that you really want the ball, however we’ve bought an extended 12 months, proper? Your velocity was down a mile or two the second day. I’m not going to harm you,’” he stated. “When you harm your nearer, these persons are onerous to switch.”


Braves RHP Kyle Wright (4-2, 2.49 ERA) will face Aaron Nola (1-4, 3.96) because the groups conclude a four-game collection. Wright is 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA in two profession begins and one aid look towards Philadelphia. Nola is 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 profession begins towards Atlanta.


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