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The Phillies and Braves were back at it Tuesday night for the second game of their three game series.
Taking the hill for the Phillies was rookie right-handed starter Aaron Nola. He was opposed by Braves right-hander Ryan Weber, who was making his Major League debut.
Weber, 25, was a former 2009 22nd round draft selection by the Atlanta Braves out of St. Petersburg College. Just one year prior in the 2008 draft, he was actually selected by the Phillies in the 12th round, but failed to sign. In 38 games for the Braves’ minor league affiliates between AA and AAA, Weber was a jack of all trades. He started 9 games and closed out 5, while throwing in middle relief for the remainder. No matter where Atlanta pitched him though he was successful with a combined 2.35 ERA with 59 strikeouts and just 10 walks.
That success in the minor leagues carried over early on for Weber in Tuesday nights game, shutting down Philadelphia in order for the first three innings. He allowed just one base runner on a walk while striking out one.
The Phillies would figure out Weber to some extent the second time through the lineup. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cesar Hernandez led off with a ground rule double followed by a single by center fielder Odubel Herrera. With men on and nobody out, Aaron Altherr would come to the plate ground into a double play. While two outs would be recorded, Hernandez scored on the play giving the Phillies the early 1-0 lead.
The Fightins would add another run off Weber in the bottom half of the fifth as well. Third baseman Andres Blanco would lead off the inning with a triple, his third of the season. Brian Bogusevic, making his first start of the season would follow the triple up with an infield single, scoring Blanco. Heading into the sixth inning, the Phillies carried a 2-0 lead.
Weber finished the sixth inning shutting down the Phillies 1-2-3. It would be his last in what would be deemed as a successful debut going six innings, while allowing just the 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 1 walk, striking out 2.
Aaron Nola on the other hand was just as dominant and then some for the Phils. After striking out the first two Braves of the game in the top half of the first inning, Nola completed the 1-2-3 inning with Freddie Freeman lining out to Ryan Howard at first base.
While Nola would allow scattered hits in each of the next five innings, they were all singles and none led to any runs being scored.
Nola would finish his night after pitching seven scoreless innings. He allowed just 6 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 7 batters. The 7 strikeouts was a career high for Nola.
Nola would turn the game over to the Phillies bullpen in the eighth inning. The Phillies would strike for three more runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning. After Francoeur and Hernandez each singled with one out to start the inning, Odubel Herrera strolled to plate and launched a three-run home run into the right field seats, extending the Phillies lead to 5-0.
Luis Garcia and Ken Giles would combine to shut down the Braves over the last two innings, sealing the 5-0 victory and the shutout for the Phillies.
The Phillies and Braves will complete their three game series on Wednesday night. David Buchanan (2-7, 9.00 ERA) will make his first start since rejoining the team as one of the Phillies’ September call-ups. He’ll face Braves righty Julio Teheran (9-7, 4.51 ERA), who looks to be the Braves first 10 game winner this season. Game time is set for 7:05 PM.