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Phils can’t continue winning ways against Braves

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Last night we kept Donaldson under control, Freeman didn’t really get loose either, but the Phils still lost 9-2

Call it a lack of spark, a misfired offense, call it whatever you like, but the Phillies reverted back to the ‘bad’ Phillies against the Braves last night in South Philadelphia. The game was fairly tight at 1-0 Braves till about the 5th inning, when Jake Arrieta was still on the mound, and gave up 5 R (4 ER) on the night with only 4 SO, then Cole Irvin gave up 4 R (2 ER) and the Phillies offense was essentially quiet.

The Phils rallied for only 2 runs in the game, one in the 5th inning and one in the 7th. Again, the Phillies had chances in this game, they were 2-8 with RISP on the night. That’s what the Braves were doing well, they would get runners in scoring position and then get a hit and drive them home. That’s as simple as what the Phillies seem not to be able to do on the baseball diamond.

It’s really a lack of clutch hitting with this Phillies team, there are people on base, but the next batters are not doing their job to be able to move them. Last night Kingery, Realmuto, and Harper were up and combined they left 10 runners on base. They need to be hitting in those situations, but they didn’t last night.

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Around the 5th inning is when Jake gets hit, it happened again last night, for his 8th loss of the year

Jake Arrieta gets his 8th loss of the year, if he’s injured, the Phils may as well get him ready for next year. The pitching we saw from him in the previous couple games before last night showed improvement but last night, the combination of little offense and then the Braves getting to him showed his not so good side.

Realmuto has cooled off big time on this team, he was sailing along getting timely hits for a few games, but lately hasn’t been that great. Harper needs to come through in the clutch a whole lot more that he does. We’ve seen him up countless times with runners on, and he just doesn’t seem to rise to the occasion.

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 We need better from the dynamic duo, what happened to their BA?

You’ve got the 1-2 punch from Hoskins and Harper, but lately they have not combined very well to be on sync with a better Phillies offense. Earlier in the season it seemed like they would have a great time of getting hits for each other to drive runners home, but that combination of both of them hasn’t been all that feared or effective lately. Look at their BA for both, Hoskins is at .263 and Harper is at .256

Series continues tonight with Eflin vs. Fried – last night’s attendance: 31,268

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