Final: Braves 5, Phillies 2 ❖ Attendance: 32,121
ATLANTA— The Phillies entered Thursday night's game heading into their final game at Turner Field, as the stadium closes after this season's end. They were looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Braves, after dropping their last two games to the team.
It was a pitcher's duel for the most part during the first couple innings, until Jeremy Hellickson left the game in the fourth inning after giving up only one hit. Hellickson was later diagnosed with a knee strain, as his season ends with only three games remaining.
The Phillies held onto a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning, until Dansby Swanson tied the game up with a solo home run.
However, Jeanmar Gomez once again struggled in the eighth inning, giving up four runs, as the bullpen once again made it hard for the Phillies to claw back from any sort of deficit.
The Phillies pushed back in the top of the ninth with hits from A.J. Ellis and Aaron Altherr, who scored Ellis, but it was too little, too late as the Phillies dropped the game and the series to the Braves, 5-2.
The loss is the Phillies fourth straight, and they have now lost six out of seven games.
They'll head into the weekend to play their final three games at home against the New York Mets, who are looking to clinch the first NL Wild Card spot.
The Phillies send Alec Asher to the mound on Friday night, as he'll face the Mets' RHP Robert Gsellman at 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park.
WP: Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82 ERA) ❖ LP: Jeanmar Gomez (3-5, 4.85 ERA)
The Phillies got the game's scoring going early in the top of the third inning as Odubel Herrera singled on a shallow pop-up, which scored Jeremy Hellickson. The Phillies took a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Braves' Dansby Swanson hit a solo shot to left field, to tie the game at 1-1.
All the way in the bottom of the eighth, the game still tied at 1-1, Matt Kemp hit his 39th double of the year to right field, scoring Dansby Swanson, to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.
Jace Peterson gave the Braves a 3-1 lead with two RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.
Rio Ruiz singled on a ball between Cesar Hernandez and Tommy Joseph, following a fielding miscommunication. Nick Markakis and Anthony Recker scored. The Braves extended their lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth.
Aaron Altherr pushed to give the Phillies hope in the top of the ninth, with a line drive single to center field, scoring A.J. Ellis. The Braves still led, 5-2.
Jim Johnson shut the door however, and the Braves completed the sweep of the Phillies, 5-2.
- 1 Odubel Herrera: 1-4, RBI, .289 AVG
- 2 Jeremy Hellickson: 1-1, R, .167 AVG
- 3 Aaron Altherr: 2-4, RBI, .205 AVG
- 1 Dansby Swanson: 1-3, 2 R, HR, BB, K, RBI, .300 AVG
- 2 Matt Kemp: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, K, .271 AVG
- 3 Rio Ruiz: 1-4, RBI, K, SB, .286 AVG
- Colton Murray (4th): 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 6.16 ERA
- Michael Mariot (7th): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 5.49 ERA
- Luis Garcia (7th): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 6.91 ERA
- Jeanmar Gomez (8th): 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 4.85 ERA
- David Hernandez (8th): 0.2, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 3.80 ERA
- Jose Ramirez (8th): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 3.82 ERA
- Ian Krol (8th): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 3.18 ERA
- Mauricio Cabrera (8th): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 2.82 ERA
- Jim Johnson (9th): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 3.02 ERA
- Friday, September 30, 2016: vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.
- Citizens Bank Park
- RHP Alec Asher (2-0, 1.66 ERA) vs. RHP Robert Gsellman (3-2, 2.56 ERA)
- TV: CSN; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP