Phillies swept by Braves in dou­ble­header

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Rob Maaddi

The Phillies lost a pair of games to the Braves on Wed­nes­day, fall­ing 9-1 in the open­ing con­test then 5-2 in the sec­ond con­test.

En­der In­cia­rte kept swing­ing and the hits kept drop­ping.

In­cia­rte had three more hits, David Fre­itas lined a go-ahead RBI dou­ble for his first ca­reer hit and the At­lanta Braves beat the Philadel­phia Phillies 5-2 to com­plete a dou­ble­header sweep on Wed­nes­day.

In­cia­rte was 3 for 5 with one RBI after go­ing 5 for 5 with four RBIs to lead the Braves to a 9-1 vic­tory in the opener.

“I was re­ally ag­gres­sive,” In­cia­rte said. “I was swing­ing at good pitches and why take a fast­ball in the mid­dle right there if I was feel­ing so good, so I ended up get­ting the base hit and build­ing good mo­men­tum for the team.”

Julio Te­heran (9-11) al­lowed one run and five hits, strik­ing out eight in 6 1/3 in­nings.

The Braves en­tered the day 0-8 at Cit­i­zens Bank Park this season and im­proved to 4-12 over­all against the last­place Phillies.

Fre­itas put the Braves ahead 2-1 with his fourthin­ning dou­ble in his sec­ond big-league at-bat. He was robbed of a hit his first time up when right fielder Nick Wil­liams made a div­ing catch on his drive.

In­cia­rte’s RBI sin­gle ex­tended the lead to 3-1.

“He wasn’t over­swing­ing, he was just putting nice swings on the ball and ev­i­dently he’s see­ing the ball pretty good, too,” Braves man­ager Brian Snitker said.

Philadel­phia’s Game 2 starter, Mark Leiter Jr. (24), al­lowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 in­nings.

Braves starter R.A Dickey (9-8) struck out nine over eight in­nings in Game 1.

In the opener, In­cia­rte sin­gled his first four times up and hit a two-out triple in the sev­enth. He walked in the ninth. He has had five hits in a game three times this season.

Braves third base­man Bran­don Phillips sin­gled for his 2,000th hit in Game 1 and ex­tended his hitting streak to 14 games. The 36-year-old Phillips was sur­prised to see his mother, who made the trip from Ge­or­gia, in the stands hold­ing a con­grat­u­la­tory sign and cheer­ing on his mile­stone.

“I’m go­ing to get on my mom after that. She can’t be do­ing that,” he said, laugh­ing. “It feels good to look up and see my mom in the stands. That’s a beau­ti­ful woman right there. I just thank her all the time for sup­port­ing me.”

The Braves took out the frus­tra­tion of a season’s worth of de­feats on Philadel­phia over the first three in­nings, scor­ing eight runs. Fred­die Free­man hit a tworun homer off Jerad Eick­hoff (4-8) in the first.

Eick­hoff left the game in the third in­ning be­cause of tin­gling in his right arm. Eick­hoff’s fast­ball only hit 90 mph twice and the Braves pounced on the slower fast­balls.

STREAK­ING

Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins sin­gled in each game to ex­tend his hitting streak to 12. His streak of an RBI in six straight games ended in the first game.

PUT ME IN, COACH

Freddy Galvis, one of the best de­fen­sive short­stops in the ma­jors and Gold Glove fi­nal­ist in 2016, made his first ca­reer start in CF in Game 2. Galvis played 10 games in LF in 2013 and had started ev­ery game at SS this season.

“Freddy is unique. He can play any­where. He knows what he’s do­ing,” man­ager Pete Mack­anin said.

COLD STREAK

The Phillies have 83 losses and need to win 14 of the re­main­ing 30 games to avoid their first 100-loss season since 1961.

CHRIS SZAGOLA — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia Phillies catcher Jorge Al­faro, left, waits for the in­com­ing throw as At­lanta Braves’ Ozzie Al­bies, right slides safely into home dur­ing the third in­ning of the first base­ball game of a dou­ble­header Wed­nes­day in Philadel­phia.

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