Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Philadelphia heads to Atlanta for quick two-game set with Braves

Philadelphia Phillies open quick two-game set in Atlanta
The Philadelphia Phillies head to Atlanta to open a quick two-game set with the Braves at SunTrust Field on Tuesday night. The series completes an eight-game road trip before the Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park for alumni weekend with a series against the New York Mets.

The Phillies have dominated the Braves, taking nine of 11 contests between the clubs this season including a four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park last week.

The Phillies dropped the first five games of their current road trip before taking the series finale Sunday afternoon against the Rockies.

“It was nice to salvage a win out the series,” Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said. “But it’s even nicer winning on a getaway day with an off day the next day so you’ve got more time to savor it.”

The Phillies placed catcher Andrew Knapp on the 10-day disabled list and recalled Zach Eflin to start Tuesday's series opener.

Eflin has made eight starts for the Phillies this year, going 0-3 with a 6.13 ERA. At triple-A Lehigh Valley he was 1-4 with a 4.57 ERA over seven starts. His last start with the Phillies came on May 28 in an 8-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He surrendered seven runs on nine hits over five innings.

The Braves counter Tuesday night with Julio Teheran who will be making his second start against the Phillies this season. He was hammered by the Phils on July 28, when he gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs in five innings in his most recent start against the Los Angels Dodgers before leaving the game with cramps in his right thigh.

Injury Update
Philadelphia will be without right fielder Aaron Altherr, who was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season with a strained right hamstring. Altherr is batting .351 with four home runs this season against the Braves. 
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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