Buchanan knocked around again as Phils drop series to Braves

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Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images

 

The battle for last place in the NL East ended with a 8-1 Phillies loss on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, as our team fell two games behind Atlanta for fourth place in the division.

Phillies’ starter David Buchanan (2-8, 9.11 ERA) struggled again in his first start since giving up 11 earned runs in under two innings against Arizona on August 8th. Buchanan was pulled in the fourth inning after giving up 10 hits, four earned runs, and walking three.

There wasn’t much for the home team to get excited about on the offensive side either, as the Phillies produced only four hits over the entire game. Shortstop Freddy Galvis was the only Phil with multiple hits, finishing with a pair of singles and a walk. Outfielder Darnell Sweeney notched a triple in the second inning and scored on an RBI groundout by Cody Asche, but that was all our Philadelphia hitters could muster against Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (10-7, 4.38 ERA).

The Phillies will continue their homestand on Thursday night, kicking of a series with the Chicago Cubs. Adam Morgan (5-5, 4.42 ERA) takes the hill for the home team, opposed by Chicago starter Jake Arrieta (18-6, 2.03 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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