Instant Replay: Braves 9, Phillies 2


Instant Replay: Braves 9, Phillies 2


ATLANTA -- Roy Halladay’s much-anticipated first start of the season was interestingly poor.

He piled up a bunch of strikeouts, but failed to make it through the fourth inning as the Phillies suffered a 9-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Wednesday night.

The Phillies have started the season 0-2. They are 6-14 the last two seasons against the Braves. They will look to salvage a win in the series finale Thursday night before Friday afternoon’s home opener.

Starting pitching report
Halladay had one of the oddest pitching lines you’ll see. In 3 1/3 innings, he was tagged for six hits and five runs while walking three. He recorded just 10 outs, but nine of them were strikeouts. Many of those strikeouts came on breaking balls or changeups. Two of Halladay’s fastballs ended up over the wall on homers. Halladay’s fastball sat between 88 and 90 mph on the stadium radar gun. He touched 92 early in the game.

Halladay’s command, a major issue in spring training, continued to be poor. He needed 95 pitches to get 10 outs. Only 55 of those pitches were strikes. Halladay went to three-ball counts on eight of 19 hitters.

Over his last five starts against Atlanta, Halladay has an 11.57 ERA (27 earned runs in 21 innings) and has surrendered eight homers.

Atlanta lefty Paul Maholm pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Maholm gave up six hits, walked one and struck out six.

Bullpen report
Mike Adams made his Phillies’ debut with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts. Jonathan Papelbon got an inning of work and gave up a two-run home run to Jason Heyward.

At the plate
The Phillies were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position before Chase Utley got them on the board with a two-run double to right in the seventh. The Phils finished 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Justin Upton gave the Braves a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer off Halladay in the first. Rookie Evan Gattis homered against Halladay in the fourth. Freddie Freeman had a three-run double against reliever Raul Valdes in the fourth.

The Braves have hit five home runs in taking the first two games of the series. Freeman has six RBIs in the two games.

New kid in town
The Phils have a new player (see story).

Up next
Cliff Lee makes his season debut against Atlanta right-hander Kris Medlen in the series finale Thursday night.

MLB Notes: Twins-Braves, Royals-Padres make trades

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MLB Notes: Twins-Braves, Royals-Padres make trades

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hoping to bolster their rotation for a playoff run, the Minnesota Twins have acquired veteran left-handed pitcher Jaime García, catcher Anthony Recker and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves for minor league right-hander Huascar Ynoa.

The 31-year-old García is 66-52 with a 3.65 ERA and 808 strikeouts in 176 appearances, mostly with St. Louis (2008, 2010-16). He missed the 2009 MLB season following Tommy John surgery.

Garcia is 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA, 41 walks and 85 strikeouts in 18 starts for the Braves this year.

While Garcia's numbers don't jump off the page, the Twins were in need of a veteran arm to put into a rotation that has been largely disappointing behind the top two starters, Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios (see full story).

Royals: Cahill, Maurer, Buchter acquired from Padres
DETROIT -- The contending Kansas City Royals have acquired three pitchers from the San Diego Padres, getting starter Trevor Cahill, closer Brandon Maurer and reliever Ryan Buchter.

The Royals sent pitchers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz and cash to San Diego on Monday. The deal came one week before the nonwaiver trade deadline.

Kansas City began the day tied with Tampa Bay for the second AL wild-card spot and 1 1/2 games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland. The Royals had been looking to bolster their rotation and bullpen, and did it with one swap.

Cahill was 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts for the Padres. The 29-year-old right-hander was an All-Star with Oakland in 2010.

Maurer is 20-for-23 on save tries, and 1-4 with a 5.72 ERA. The 27-year-old righty began his big league career with Seattle in 2013 as a starter.

Buchter is 3-3 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 42 games. The 30-year-old lefty pitched 67 times for the Padres last year.

Dodgers: Kershaw lost to DL with back injury
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw is headed to the disabled list for the second straight summer because of a back injury.

A year after missing 2 1/2 months with a herniated disk in his lower back, Kershaw was pulled from a start Sunday against Atlanta because of lower back tightness. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace exited after two innings in a 5-4, 10-inning victory.

It leaves baseball's top team without its best pitcher. The Dodgers lead the majors with a 68-31 record and are atop the NL West standings by 10 games.

Kershaw was set to meet with a back specialist Sunday evening for tests, although manager Dave Roberts was already sure that Kershaw would be placed on the 10-day DL (see full story).

Mets: Wheeler put on DL because of arm trouble
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have put pitcher Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list because of a stress reaction in his right arm.

The Mets didn't provide a timetable for Wheeler's return. He was on the DL last month with biceps tendinitis and has struggled in four starts since his return.

The team recalled righty Tyler Pill from Triple-A Las Vegas before Monday night's game at San Diego.

Wheeler joins Mets starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Robert Gsellman on the disabled list. Steven Matz and Seth Lugo recently came off the DL and returned to the rotation.

The 27-year-old Wheeler didn't pitch in the majors the past two years after having Tommy John surgery in 2015. He is 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts.

Tonight's lineup: Nick Williams moves up to 3rd for hot-hitting Phillies

Tonight's lineup: Nick Williams moves up to 3rd for hot-hitting Phillies

The hot-hitting Phillies made some minor tweaks to their lineup for Monday's series opener against the American League-beset Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park.

Nick Williams, Odubel Herrera and Tommy Joseph all move up in the lineup with Howie Kendrick getting the day off. Williams will hit third, Herrera moves up to fifth and Joseph will hit sixth. Andrew Knapp is catching and batting seventh. Cameron Perkins is playing left field and batting eighth.

Williams is hitting .309 with four home runs, four doubles, two triples and 15 RBIs in 19 games since being called up from Triple A Lehigh Valley on June 30. He had a two-run homer and another RBI in the Phillies' 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon.

After his 1 for 3 day with an RBI on Sunday, Herrera moves up spot. The centerfielder is hitting .331 with a major-league leading 19 doubles since June 3.

Joseph was 0 for 4 on Sunday with two strikeouts. He hit seventh against the Brewers but will hit sixth tonight.

Vince Velasquez (2-5, 5.14)  is on the mound for the Phillies. He'll be opposed by Brad Peacock (8-1, 2.49).

Here is the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Odubel Herrera, CF
6. Tommy Joseph, 1B
7. Andrew Knapp, C
8. Cameron Perkins, LF
9. Vince Velasquez, SP

For more on tonight's game, read Corey Seidman's game notes.