Braves 6, Phillies 5
Game 23 - Saturday Night, August 22nd in Atlanta
Record - 9-14, 5th Place, 5 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Once again, the bullpen let the Phillies down, coughing up a late lead in a 6-5 loss to the Braves.
What It Means: I'm trying not to be too cynical, but when the bullpen can't hold a lead at this point it's no longer surprising to me. I've just come to expect it. The Phillies' last five losses have gone like this:
Wednesday against Red Sox - blown 2-0 lead, loss
Thursday against Blue Jays (Game 1) - blown 2-0 lead, loss
Thursday against Blue Jays (Game 2) - blown 7-0 lead, loss
Friday against Braves - scored first, lose by 9 runs, loss
Saturday against Braves - blown 4-0 lead, loss
What Happened: With a 4-2 lead provided by home runs from Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen, along with an RBI single from J.T. Realmuto, Zack Wheeler exited the game after seven solid innings. The bullpen duo of Hector Neris and Brandon Workman were tasked with recording six outs and preserving the two-run lead. They couldn't do it.
Neris was erratic facing four batters to start the eighth - line drive single, walk, single, and the lead was down to 4-3. With runners on the corners, Workman made his Phillies debut and gave up a double to Matt Adams on the very first pitch he threw, scoring both runners and giving the Braves a 5-4 lead. The Phillies battled and tied the score in the top of the ninth on a Harper sacrifice fly, but Workman loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and Adam Duvall singled home the winning run.
Featured Card: Harper's home run in the first was a moon shot, traveling 470 feet. After the game, while extremely disappointed in the loss, he reveled in the knowledge he had hit a home run on his son Krew's first birthday.
Transaction: Workman (rhp), David Hale (rhp) and Heath Hembree (rhp) were added to the roster with Connor Brogdon (rhp) and Cole Irvin (lhp) optioned to Lehigh Valley and Deolis Guerra (rhp) designated for assignment. In addition, Adam Haseley (of) was activated from the injured list, with Jay Bruce (of) landing on the injured list with a quad injury.
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