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.


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.


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.


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


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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