National League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 16th
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (9-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-7), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Julio Teheran (1-1, 2.84)
Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Thanks to a rainout on Tuesday, the Philadelphia
Phillies have had an extra day to think about their brutal loss to the Atlanta
Braves in the opener of this series between NL East rivals.
The two clubs resume a weather-shortened three-game set on Wednesday night.
In Monday's contest, the Braves extended a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning when
Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons connected on three straight solo
homers, with Gattis hitting his second longball of the game.
The lead quickly disappeared in the home half as Luis Avilan walked leadoff
man Tony Gwynn Jr. and gave up singles to Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley to
load the bags. After striking out Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd poked a two-run
single to right. Domonic Brown followed with a three-run home run to right
field, giving the Phils the lead.
With closer Jonathan Papelbon unavailable, Jake Diekman got the nod in the
ninth for the Phillies, but he loaded the bases before eventually serving up a
game-winning grand slam to Uggla.
David Carpenter shut the door for his second career save and first with the
"You don't see Avilan give up runs very much at all, much less four, so that
was very rare. We wanted to get his back since he's picked us up so much,"
The Braves have won four straight as they were coming off a three-game sweep
of Washington, while the Phillies failed to hold momentum from a three-game
sweep of Miami over the weekend.
"It was nice to see the comeback. The guys battled, had good at-bats, put a
five spot up there and answered what they did," said Phillies manager Ryne
Sandberg. "Just weren't able to close the door in the ninth."
Cliff Lee was scheduled to go for the Phillies in Tuesday's game that was
washed out by rain and will take the mound tonight, while the Braves will opt
to skip their scheduled starter from Tuesday, David Hale, in favor of Julio
Lee, who went 3-2 with a 2.29 earned run average in five starts versus the
Braves last season, opened up the 2014 campaign with consecutive wins before
suffering a 6-2 loss versus Milwaukee on Thursday. The veteran lefty allowed
three runs on eight hits over six innings, fanning eight without a walk.
Lee, who has a 5.50 ERA on the year, has struck out 15 batters this season to
just one walk in 18 innings.
Teheran, meanwhile, split his first two starts of the season, including a win
at Washington on April 5, but struggled a bit in a rematch with the Nationals
on Friday. The righty did not factor into a 7-6 win as he allowed five runs --
two earned -- on 10 hits and a walk. He also struck out only one batter.
Teheran, 23, is 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in four previous meetings with the
Phillies, all but one of those starts.
The Braves had gone 23-14 versus the Phillies over the previous two seasons,
but lost five of nine in Philadelphia in 2013.
04/16 10:35:09 ET
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