Braves 9, Phillies 2
Game 103 - Friday Night, July 26th in Philadelphia
Record - 54-49, 3rd place, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Braves easily handled the bone-spurred Jake Arrieta and a flat Phillies team in this 9-2 loss.
What It Means: In perhaps one of the most important series of the season, the Phillies looked awful in the opener.
What Happened: Arrieta labored through five innings and with a fully rested bullpen Cole Irvin got the ball in the sixth with the Braves up, 5-1. By the time Irvin was done, the Braves held a 9-1 lead as he twice walked batters with the bases loaded, forcing in runs. Jean Segura hit a meaningless seventh inning home run (11). The offense went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position, including Irvin's at-bat in which he inexplicably came to the plate in the sixth with runners at first and second with one out.
Featured Card: In more upbeat Phillies news, top pitching prospect Spencer Howard made his Double-A debut with Reading. He struck out 10 of the 20 batters he faced, hitting 98 mph on the radar gun.