Thursday, July 22nd
The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Atlanta Braves after a horrific two game series in the Bronx, 7-2. In the top of the third inning, Braves’ Dansby Swanson hit a rocket which ended up being a grand slam that put the Braves up 5-0 after the Braves went on top in the previous inning, 1-0. It was Swanson’s first career grand slam and it shifted momentum to the Braves quickly, as they continued getting hits which drove in two more runs. Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton pitched a good game. He went six innings, struck out eight, gave up four walks, and gave up only two earned runs. Morton is now 9-3 on the season. Phillies starter Matt Moore struggled in the game while the Braves kept whipping the ball and getting runs that they needed. Also, the Phillies offense never showed up, which put them in the position to take the loss.
Friday, July 23rd
After a horrific start to the series vs. Atlanta on Thursday, July 23rd, the Phillies finally came to play and locked in and got the much needed victory. The Phillies went up against Max Fried. Phillies All-Star catcher JT Realmuto had a good start to the game as he launched one out, a moon shot putting the Phillies on the board in the bottom of the first inning. The Phillies added more runs inning after inning as their momentum took control on a beautiful evening in South Philadelphia. Phillies Jean Segura was great as he had a tiebreaking, two-run double, helping the Phillies get the win and snapping their three game winning streak. Zach Wheeler had a stellar outing pitching seven innings, eight strikeouts, and two walks. The Phillies ended up getting the win, 5-1.
Saturday, July 24
Vince Valasquez has got to be better than what we saw on Sunday. He gave up six earned runs in two and a half innings. Even though Valaquez came out of the game very early, the Braves continued destroying the Phillies with a tornado of runs, beating Philadelphia 15-3. The pitching consistency needs to be better for Vince as he gave up two home runs in the first two innings from Freddie Freeman and Abraham Almonte. Watching this unfold, you just knew that things weren’t gonna go in the right direction with their pitching. Talking about a terrible pitching performance, De Los Santos came in to pitch in the top of the 8th and gave up a homerun and then in the same inning, Joe Girardi thought it was a good idea to put a position player, Ronald Torreyes, in to pitch, who then gave up a home run to Austin Riley.
Sunday, July 25
Phillies ace Aaron Nola dominated all game until the eighth inning as he gave up a solo shot to Austin Riley to make the score 2-1 Phillies. On the positive side of things, the Phillies handled their business after a terrible performance the previous night. Phillies Jean Segura continued to play great defensively. Phillies reliever Ranger Suarez finished the job and got the win, resulting in Philadelphia being 49-49.