Phillies @ Braves
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 7-3
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 41-21 when getting on the board first but just 22-53 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Four runs seems to be the mark for the Phillies as they are 50-20 when scoring four or more runs but just 13-54 when scoring three or fewer runs.
- Philadelphia is 3-60 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 50-4 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 37-28 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 42-19 when out-hitting opponents but 14-48 when getting outhit.
- Carlos Ruiz paced the Phillies offense last night going 2-for-3 with an upper deck home run in the fifth inning and an RBI double in the eighth inning. He drove in two runs, scored once and walked once.
- Darin Ruf also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
- Maikel Franco was 0-for-3 but hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for his first career RBI.
- Ben Revere went 2-for-5 with a run scored at the top of the Phillies order raising his average to .311.
- Revere also stole two bases to raise his steal total up to 42 on the season.
- In addition to seven shutout innings on the mound, Kendrick also went 1-for-2 at the plate.
- Both Ryan Howard and Freddy Galvis recorded singles on the night.
Place: 2nd in NL East
Last 10: 4-6
- The Braves are 1,085-1,027-14 all-time against the Phillies but just 77-80 all-time at Turner Field, including a 2-6 record this season.
- The Braves are in second place in the NL East trailing the Washington Nationals by seven games.
- Atlanta has spent 86 games in first place in the division this season.
- Craig Kimbrel has been almost lights-out for Atlanta saving 180 games in 199 opportunities (90.4%), the third best percentage in MLB history behind John Smoltz and Eric Gagne.
- Atlanta leads the majors in quality starts with 97 in 139 games.
- Jason Heyward had a good game at the plate going 2-for-4 with a leadoff double in the first inning.
- Andrelton Simmons was the only other Brave to record a hit going 1-for-4.
- Freddie Freeman was 0-for-2 on the night but walked twice.
- Justin Upton left the game with a left triceps contusion.
- Atlanta has been held scoreless for the last 24 innings.
6-7, 4.03 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
Buchanan, 25, allowed one run on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in six innings of work Friday against the Mets getting the no-decision. The Phillies have lost each of Buchanan's last four starts. In his only career start against the Braves, he allowed three runs on five hits with five walks and four strikeouts getting the loss. Buchanan has never pitched at Turner Field.
13-7, 3.53 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
Santana, 31, allowed one run on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts Friday against the Marlins earning the no-decision. He has won six of his last seven decisions dating back to July 18th. In five career starts against the Phillies, Santana is 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. In 12 career starts at Turner Field, he is 9-2 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.