Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Game 151 - Sanchez, Lorenzen Roughed Up by Braves

2023 Topps Now #685
Braves 9
, Phillies 3
Game 151 - Tuesday Night, September 19th in Atlanta
Record - 82-69, 2nd Place, 15 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Not much went right for the Phillies in this 9-3 loss, as Cristopher Sanchez and Michael Lorenzen were hit hard by the Braves' potent offense.

What It Means:  The Phillies will try to win the series with an early afternoon game on Wednesday.

What Happened:  Sanchez was pulled after four innings, having allowed three runs on seven hits.  Lorenzen took over in the fifth and retired one batter on 37 pitches before having his outing mercifully ended.  He allowed four runs on three hits and thee walks in his roughest outing since joining the Phillies.  Yunior Marte allowed two more Braves runs to score in the sixth, and gave up the second home run of the night to likely National MVP winner and noted home run celebrator, Ronald Acuna, Jr.

Bryce Harper hit a three-run home run in the sixth off Braves' starting pitcher Spencer Strider, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the sizable deficit.

Featured Card:  Lorenzen has been pretty awful since pitching his no-hitter, commemorated with this Topps Now card.  In his first two starts, including the no-hitter against the Nationals, he was 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA over 17 innings, striking out 10 batters and allowing one home run.  In his six appearances since the no-hitter, he's 2-2 with a 9.23 ERA over 26 1/3 innings with 8 home runs allowed.

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