Philadelphia Phillies’ Freddy Galvis hits a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
What happens when you trade away ace Cole Hamels, closer Jonathan Papelbon, and leadoff hitter Ben Revere? You stay one of the hottest teams in baseball and win three out of four games against the Atlanta Braves, of course.
After winning the first game of the series on Thursday, Friday was the first game the Phillies played without any of their three stars on the roster. They did not let any of the trade deadline distractions stop them from routing the Braves, 9-3. The Phillies bats led the way with 11 hits, due to in large part of the hot bat of Domonic Brown who had his second home run of the season. By the end of the fifth inning the Phillies were on top, 9-0. While Braves started Williams Perez struggled, lasting 4.1 innings, Phillies starter David Buchanan shined. Buchanan pitched 7.1 innings and only surrendered three earned runs.
The hit parade continued on Saturday as the Phillies once again stomped the Braves, 12-2. It was a home run derby of sorts at Citizens Bank Park as Cameron Rupp, Odubel Herrera, and Freddy Galvis all went deep in the blowout. The Braves took an early 2-1 lead in the first inning due to the home run from Braves right fielder Nick Markakis. That first inning would be the only blemish Phillies rookier Aaron Nola experienced as he pitched another five strong innings of two-run baseball. The Phillies bats picked up Nola and had Braves starter Matt Risler out of the game with two outs in the fifth inning, as Risler surrendered seven runs in his 4.2 innings pitched. The Phillies pitching staff did not give up another run after the first inning.
Sunday’s matchup against the Braves reminded Philadelphia fans that they cannot win them all. The Phillies fell to the Braves, 6-2 in the final game of the series. The Phillies started off with a 1-0 lead, but Phillies starter Adam Morgan struggled and gave up four runs in the top of the fifth inning. That inning was led by the bat of Braves second baseman Jace Peterson who had a three-run home run off of Morgan. Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched a solid seven innings and allowed only two runs.
The Phillies had a successful Alumni weekend and will continue their home stand Tuesday as they welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to Philadelphia for a three-game series. First pitch is 7:05 PM at Citizens Bank Park.