MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Philadelphia0 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 670
Atlanta0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 4110
  W: T. Walker (4-2)   L: J. Jiménez (0-1)   S: C. Kimbrel (6)
4:20 PM PT5:20 PM MT6:20 PM CT7:20 PM ET19:20 ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 PM MST6:20 PM EST6:50 PM VEN3:20 UAE (+1)5:20 PM CT, May 26, 2023
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 40,533

Sluggers star as Braves, Phillies meet again

According to STATS
According to STATS

Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

  1. Atlanta took 11 of the 19 matchups with Philadelphia last season, including six of the nine at Truist Park. Atlanta hit .293 with 12 home runs in those nine home games, averaging 5.3 runs per game.
  2. Philadelphia avoided a sweep to Arizona by scoring six unanswered runs from the sixth inning on and walking it off in the 10th, but has still dropped seven of its last 10 games. Phillies starters have a 6.12 ERA this month, second highest in MLB behind the Reds (6.52).
  3. Aaron Nola has a career 3.39 ERA in 30 starts against Atlanta and has gone at least six innings in each of his last seven. Nola is 15-10 in those starts -- the most wins of any active pitcher against the Braves -- and his 30 starts rank second among active pitchers to Stephen Strasburg's 36.
  4. Bryson Stott went 3-for-5 in Wednesday's series finale and is hitting .371 with three homers over his last 11 games after batting .103 over his previous 10. Stott has 17 multi-hit games this season -- tied for sixth in MLB -- but has had just 13 of his 57 hits (22.8 percent) go for extra bases this season.
  5. Atlanta dropped two of three against the Dodgers, blowing a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning of Wednesday's finale before an Ozzie Albies walkoff sacrifice fly in the ninth. The Braves are an MLB-best 10-3 (.769) against division opponents this season and have gone 103-62 (.624) against them since 2021, third in MLB behind the Dodgers (.678) and Astros (.652).
  6. Ronald Acuna Jr. is batting .330 this season after hitting .266 last season -- that 64-point increase is the largest among NL qualifiers and third largest in MLB. He ranks third in MLB in average, fourth in on-base percentage (.419) and fifth in slugging percentage (.576).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/25/2023 thru 5/28/2023
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta's Austin Riley is starting to produce the sort of results that made him an MVP candidate a year ago. He will try to build on those numbers when the Braves host the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday in the second game of a four-game series.

The third baseman hit two tape-measure home runs on Thursday night, shots that sailed 459 and 458 feet, in Atlanta's 8-5 win during the series opener.

Riley had two doubles on Wednesday and is 12-for-30 (.400) with five doubles and two homers during an eight-game hitting streak that matches his longest of the season. It's quite a turnaround for Riley, who had batted just .200 in the previous 17 games and saw his average dip to .239. He is now hitting .264.

"Trying to stay in my zone and not get too far from it," Riley said. "Staying inside myself, not trying to do too much and good things happened."

Philadelphia designated hitter Bryce Harper is equally hot. He went 3-for-4 on Thursday and hit his third homer, a bomb that went 445 feet. It was his 40th career homer against the Braves, his top total against any opponent.

Harper also surpassed 5,000 career at-bats on Thursday. He has 615 extra-base hits and 891 walks in his career. Only 12 players in the modern era have had as many extra-base hits and walks when reaching 5,000 at-bats as Harper.

The starting-pitching matchup on Friday will feature Philadelphia's Taijuan Walker (3-2, 5.79 ERA) and Atlanta rookie Jared Shuster (1-2, 5.49).

Walker had a nice bounce-back in his latest start on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. He did not get a decision despite pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out three on three days' rest. That was a great improvement over his previous start against the San Francisco Giants on May 17, when he was knocked out in the first inning after giving up four runs.

"I knew what the fix was, and I was able to fix it," Walker said.

Manager Rob Thompson said, "I'm sure he wanted to perform, and he did."

Walker has made seven career starts against Atlanta, going 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA. Last season with the New York Mets, he endured one of the worst starts of his career on Aug. 5 vs. the Braves, when he allowed eight runs on seven hits -- two of them home runs -- in one-plus inning.

Shuster, Atlanta's first-round draft choice in 2020, rejoined the rotation after ace Max Fried was placed on the injured list earlier this month. The rookie has been respectable since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. In his most recent outing on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, he allowed one run on one hit with one walk and seven strikeouts in six innings.

"I felt much more comfortable out there," Shuster said. "It was much better, just trusting myself, trusting the catcher and trusting everyone behind me."

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said, "He's kind of one of those guys who doesn't show a lot of emotion. That was awesome. Really impressive, what he did."

The Braves have won two straight and six of their last 10. The Phillies, who started a 10-game road trip on Thursday, have dropped three of their past four and eight of their past 11.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 26, 2023

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