Phillies, Dominguez Let Someone Get Away In Atlanta Playoff Atmosphere, Originally Appeared On NBC Sports Philadelphia
ATLANTA – The Phillies haven’t been to the playoffs in ten years, but they got a taste of the playoff atmosphere on Friday night in Truist Park and that didn’t go well.
Playing to an energetic, sold-out crowd of 42,578, the Phillies coughed up a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning and suffered a demoralizing 7-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves, a team they will see two more times this weekend, four next week. once and then maybe again in the first round of the playoffs in early October – here in Atlanta.
“It was obviously good taste tonight when we were here,” said Kyle Schwarber, who got the Phils on the board with his career-high 39th homer in the fourth inning. “You saw a sold-out crowd and we want to get there and we’re going to do everything we can to get there.
“The important thing is that you’re trying to get there now. Obviously we would all say we wanted to walk out of here with a win tonight, but that’s part of the game and we have to move on to the next day as we still have some stuff to do. ”
The Phils have 18 games left in the regular season. They currently hold the second wildcard spot in the National League and would face Atlanta in the first round if things hold up.
The Braves definitely needed to gain some confidence against the Phillies on Friday night. The win gave them a 7-6 record this season against the Phils, with six left to play, and it came via a rally against bullpen ace Seranthony Dominguez, a pitcher the Phils need to shine as they continue their journey to the late season and possibly do some damage in the October tournament.
In his third appearance since coming off the disabled list after a battle with triceps tendonitis, Dominguez was called up to protect a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. He immediately ran into problems by walking leadoff-man, pinch-hitter Eddie Rosario. A pitch later, Ronald Acuna Jr. his arms out on a fast 98 mph ball and drove it over the right field wall to give the Braves a 3-2 lead.
The home run was Acuna’s 12th in 57 career games against the Phillies.
Before the inning was over, Dominguez gave up two more hits and a walk. He was charged with five of the six runs the Braves scored in the inning. To put that in perspective, he had allowed a total of just eight runs in 46 previous innings this season. The five runs were the most Dominguez has ever allowed in his career. His previous high was three.
“He was spraying the ball a bit,” said manager Rob Thomson, who used Dominguez in the eighth as the top of the Braves order was approaching. If Dominguez had protected the lead, David Robertson would have been given the save chance.
“His pace was good,” Thomson added. “Can’t run the leadoff batter. That’s the old saying.”
After the game, Dominguez said he was “100 percent” healthy.
“Honestly, I felt pretty good,” he said. “I just didn’t perform pitches. When I had to throw a quality pitch, I couldn’t. There were no first-pitch strikes. I was behind. I didn’t have my best command.”
The loss was hard to swallow as the Phillies got a very good start from Ranger Suarez, who was able to make a start in the postseason. He gave up only one run – it came when he served a 3-0 homerun-ball to William Contreras in the bottom of the fourth inning – over six innings.
In addition to Schwarber, Jean Segura hit a solo homer for the Phils. It gave them a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Schwarber’s 39 home runs are the most a Phillie has hit in a season since Ryan Howard hit 45 in 2009.
“Suarez did a great job,” Thomson said. “Every time you lose a game like that, it’s hard, but these guys know what to expect. They will bounce back, just like they have all year.”
Aaron Nola will start on Saturday night against Jake Odorizzi.
The Home of the Braves should be rocking again.
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