Phillies look to bounce back; open series with division-leading Braves

Phillies face the Braves
Coming off an embarrassing twinbill sweep by the Blue Jays on Thursday, the Phillies arrive in Atlanta to open a three-game set with the NL East-leading Braves on Friday.

The Phillies sit three games behind the Braves in the divisional race.

Aaron Nola starts the series opener for the Phillies, aiming to remain hot on the mound. He's posted a 0.86 ERA over his last three starts and is sporting a 2-1 record with a 2.05 ERA on the season. The Braves counter though with a hot pitcher of their own in Max Fried who enters tonight with a 3-0 mark and a 1.24 ERA. He's also riding a 11 1/3 scoreless inning streak.

Scott Kingery has some solid numbers for his career off Fried, hitting 5-for-13 with a pair of dingers. J.T. Realmuto also has a pair of homers off Fried in 15 at-bats.

Roster move
The Phillies placed Jose Alvarez on the IL with a testicular contusion. He was drilled yesterday with a liner in the Phils' Game 1 loss to Toronto. Lefty JoJo Romero was recalled from Lehigh Valley to take the open spot on the roster.

Trade made
The Phillies acquired veteran reliever David Hale from the Yankees on Friday. In exchange, the club sent minor league righty Addison Russ to the Bronx. The Yanks designated Hale for assignment on Monday after he had allowed two earned runs in six innings across his first five relief appearances of 2020. He owns a career 4.23 ERA across seven Major League seasons.

Russ, 25, pitched for Double-A Reading last season posting a 2.54 ERA and 81 strikeouts over 56 2/3 innings.

To make room for Hale, the Phils designated reliever Austin Davis for assignment.

Tonight's lineup
McCutchen 7
Hoskins 3
Realmuto 2
Segura 4
Gosselin DH
Gregorius 6
Bohm 5
Quinn 9
Kingery 8

Bryce Harper is not in the starting lineup but is available to come off the bench. Manager Joe Girardi wanted to give the All-Star a day off.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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