Braves 8, Phillies 0 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)
Game 10 - Sunday Afternoon, August 9th in Philadelphia
Record - 4-6, Tied for 3rd Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Braves spoiled Spencer Howard's much-anticipated debut with an 8-0 drubbing of the Phillies.
What It Means: It's not going well.
What Happened: Howard was OK in his debut, going 4 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits, including home runs to Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna, Jr. Trevor Kelley and Austin Davis couldn't keep the Braves from scoring, allowing four more runs in their 2 1/3 innings of work. Kelley's ERA is now up to 10.13, while Davis' actually went down to 16.88.
Rhys Hoskins showed signs of life, going 2 for 2 and increasing his average to .172. Max Fried and two Braves relievers held the Phillies offense to four hits. At this point, 10 games in, only Bryce Harper (.272), J.T. Realmuto (.290) and Didi Gregorius (.265) have respectable offensive numbers.
Featured Card: As a top prospect, Howard already has his fair share of Bowman baseball cards and he's appeared in Phillies minor league team sets dating back to 2017. Now that he's officially made his debut, we'll undoubtedly see a lot more of his cards in the coming weeks and months.
Transaction: To get Howard on the 40-man roster, Enyel De Los Santos (rhp) was somewhat surprisingly designated for assignment. De Los Santos had been on the team's active roster for a few days last week, but didn't see any game action. Cole Irvin (lhp) was optioned to Lehigh Valley to make room for Howard on the active 28-man roster.
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