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Phillies have to find that winning mentality

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Odubel hit a HR for the Phils last night, but he got some attention for things he didn’t do right

Watching the game last night, we once again saw a good game by the Phillies. The team just couldn’t catch up to Julio Teheran, who had a good command of his pitches, and struck out 9 Phillies batters in the process.

Small mistakes crept up here and there. Odubel Herrera is an exciting player on offense and defense, he sometimes makes you wonder why he does certain things though. Last night, he needed to slide into the base at 2nd base but for whatever reason, he didn’t. It’s little slips like that sometimes that makes you wonder about the whole player that Odubel is. We’ve seen that from him since he’s been a Phillie, so it’s something that evidently, he can’t control. He did have the only Phillies run of the game with a HR. He’s also in 2nd of all Phillies batters with a .340 BA – Hoskins has a .341 BA

Certain Phillies bats have not awakened yet however this season. New first baseman Carlos Santana is batting .143 on the year, and he was supposed to be someone we could count on for some offense. Aaron Altherr, who has an .077 BA on the year.

Last night, it was pitching that kept the Phillies in the game, Aaron Nola only had 2 SO on the night, but kept the Braves to 2 ER which was the final score of 2-1 in favor of the Braves. The weather in Atlanta was a chilly 49 degrees to start off the game, so again the conditions weren’t optimum. The weather should be improving for the rest of the series.

The Phils and the Braves will face off tonight again, at 7:35 PM with Nick Pivetta (1-0  2.70 ERA) pitching against Mike Foltynewicz  (1-1 2.93 ERA)

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