Braves 7, Phillies 2
Game 143 - Monday Night, September 9th in Philadelphia
Record - 74-69, 3rd place, 15 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Braves showed they were a much better team than the Phillies in this 7-2 loss.
What It Means: The Phillies are three games behind the Cubs for the second Wild Card, with the Brewers and Diamondbacks ahead of them. It's not looking good.
What Happened: Aaron Nola looked really shaky over the first few innings, allowing four runs in the first two frames. He'd settle down and pitch six innings before handing the ball over to Nick Pivetta with the score at 4-1. Pivetta started the seventh with a walk, a single and a three-run home run to Josh Donaldson and the Braves suddenly had a 7-1 lead.
The Phillies offense had five hits, including a few meaningless solo home runs from Corey Dickerson (10) and Cesar Hernandez (10).
Featured Card: It's been a disappointing season for Pivetta who started the year as the team's number two starter. He was demoted to the bullpen, spent some time in Triple-A, and finds himself with a 5.52 ERA and no clear role on the Phillies for 2020.