For some reason, even in a season where everybody knows a team comprised of the players that make up the 2016 Atlanta Braves should never be expected to compete with actual major leaguers, losing to a team like the Phillies still stinks. They should be the dregs of the NL. Life was much more pleasant when they were.
Six total runs scored in a game that lasted two hours and two minutes, which sounds like an astounding feat at first glance. It makes a lot more sense, though, when you take into consideration that five of those six runs came via the solo home run. Mike Foltynewicz gave up four of those home runs and a sacrifice fly to boot, while Ender Inciarte broke up the Philly shutout with a lead off home run in the seventh to score the Braves lone run. It’s hard to recover from your starting pitcher giving up four home runs, and that task certainly proved to be well beyond the capabilities of our lovable losers.
Julio Teheran is supposed to be the Braves only representative at the All-Star game next week, but his scheduled Wednesday start will not happen now due to a thigh infection he had to return to Atlanta to have examined. Tyrell Jenkins will instead get his first big league start in Teheran’s stead.
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