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Game 35 - Sunday Night, May 9th in Atlanta
Record - 18-17, 2nd Place, 1 game behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: Other than a lead-off home run from Andrew McCutchen, not much went right for the Phillies in this 6-1 loss to the Braves.
What It Means: With both teams decked in pink in celebration of Mother's Day, the Phillies lost their second in a row, somewhat diminishing the prior four-game sweep of the Brewers. After a much-needed off day on Monday, they'll open a three-game series in Washington on Tuesday night.
What Happened: Aaron Nola just didn't have it. He labored through four innings, allowing five runs on five hits before yielding to the bullpen. The offense couldn't come up with any clutch hits, going 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position as Braves' starter Huascar Ynoa kept them off-balance for six innings.
Featured Card: Ranger Suarez made his season debut, pitching two shutout innings after relieving Nola. It was Suarez's first appearance since last September and he was hit hard in his three appearances last year. Suarez lost a significant chunk of time due to the coronavirus, and just wasn't the same last season, so it was nice to see him pitch well essentially for the first time since 2019.