Wheeler’s hand, the strength of Hoskins’ bat Phyllis bypassed Braves, 7-3 – Reading Eagles
From George Henry
ATLANTA (AP) – Zach Wheeler is rounding out a form that helped him take second place in the voting for last year’s Cy Young Award.
“Yes, get there,” he said. “I mean, the results have been good, but we’re still working on some things and trying to get better every time. That’s the key, that’s the goal and try to be the best. “
Wheeler made 6 2/3 strong innings with 10 rebounds per season, Rhys Hoskins shot in three runs with an early double, and Phyllis beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 Monday night.
The teams started the day with an equal second place in the division, eight games away from the leader, and have not met since Sept. 30, when reigning World Series champion Braves won to win his fourth consecutive NL East title.
Wheeler (3-3) has improved to 3-0 from a 1.38 ERA with 40 outings in his last five starts and has allowed two or fewer runs in four of them. After giving up eight strokes and two runs without a walk, Wheeler is 3-2 with a 1.79 ERA in six starts against Atlanta since the start of last season.
“Another very good game from Wheeler,” said Phillies manager Joe Girardi. “I thought he didn’t really block until the third inning, and then he seemed to have succeeded. He was different. “
Kyle Schwarber went on to start second and advanced in JT Realmuto’s single and Roman Quinn’s walk. Hoskins hit a gap in the center right to clear the base and put it ahead 3-0. Of Hoskins ’35 hits this season, 16 were on additional bases.
Phyllis increased the lead in the third standings with three more runs, increasing 6-0 to Realmouth’s triple RBI and Quinn’s double twice. Atlanta starter Tucker Davidson (1-1) received four strokes, five runs and four moves in 2 2/3 innings. RBI single Jean Segura made it 7-0 in the fourth.
Wheeler scored 11 results in a row before Austin Riley doubled in the fifth and scored a goal in the Danesby Swanson single to reduce the lead to 7-1. RBI Riley’s single in the seventh was 7-2.
Among all the pitchers who have had at least 45 innings against one opponent since the beginning of 2020, Wheeler started the game with a 1.75 ERA against Atlanta, which is ranked second in the major tournaments after Adam Wainwright of St. Louis, who has an ERA of 0 , 55 v. Pittsburgh.
Wheeler credited his slider with 20 strokes and misses.
“It’s not so much a degrading action,” he said. It’s “more slippery,” so I think it plays a little better. It’s in the zone and it’s kind of slipping away. You know (using) Fastball I can find it and pick it up if I want most of the time. The two seams will always be there on the hand side. It’s a throw, an attempt to miss the bitch, an attempt to miss the barrels, to keep the attackers off balance. Such things will come. “
Quinn easily threw William Contreras out of the center field with two hoppers on a plate in the first when Contreras tried to score from the second on Marcel Ozuna’s single. Wheeler struck Matt Olson off the runner on third to finish the half.
Quinn’s throw was accelerated to 99.9 miles per hour, the fastest of the Phyllis field this season.
“I jumped pretty well,” Quinn said. “I just gave the ball away. I peeked in and saw that he was running and my impulse was going to the home plate. It was great. It was a great performance. “
RBI’s Ozzy Albis ’single in a productive performance for Atlanta in eighth place from Conor Brogdan made it 7-3.
Phyllis closer to Corey Knebel faced a low in the ninth in a no-save situation.
THE STRIP WAS TAKEN OFF
Braves RF Ronald Acuna Jr. went 0-0 after safely reaching 29 consecutive games, which was the longest active series in major tournaments since last June 25th. He started the game with 0.414 percent from base during the series. In 2019, he spent the best of his 32 games.
Braves manager Brian Snitker made several changes to the squad, scoring Contreras second and for the first time in his career playing catcher on the left field, dropping Olson from second to fifth, Albis – sixth and Riley – seventh. The foursome teamed up to get 6 on 15.
“I don’t know how much I drank coffee this morning,” Snitker said. “Just move some parts. I talked to a couple of guys, just to give them a different look where they’re beating, and change the situation a bit. Maybe it will push them. I don’t know. We were looking to implement this part. “
Philadelphia SS Didi Gregorius (left knee dislocation) is making little progress, but the team has no immediate schedule for his return. “Tomorrow he will do everything again, and then we will make an assessment,” Girardi said. “The hoop he needs to go through is a blow. Rotation on the back knee, that’s the thing. “
LHP Braves Max Fried (4-2, 3.31 ERA) will face RHP Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.98) when the teams play Tuesday in the second series of four games. Fried is 4-3 with an 4.01 ERA in eight career starts and six relief appearances against Phyllis. Gibson is 1-1 with a 4.73 ERA in two career starts against Atlanta.
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