MLB

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Philadelphia0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 7101
Atlanta0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 3110
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  W: Z. Wheeler (3-3)   L: T. Davidson (1-1)
4:20 PM PT5:20 PM MT6:20 PM CT7:20 PM ET19:20 ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 PM MST6:20 PM EST6:50 PM VEN3:20 UAE (+1)5:20 PM CT, May 23, 2022
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 41,762

Zack Wheeler takes hill as Phillies, Braves start 4-game set

According to STATS
According to STATS

Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Braves and Phillies are meeting for the first time this season. The Braves won the season series last year, 10-9, including seven wins in the nine games played in Atlanta. The Phillies have won only two series at Truist Park, which opened in 2017.
  2. The Phillies have scored at least four runs in each of their last nine road games (60 total runs, 6-3 record). It's the Phillies' longest such streak within one season since 2007, when they scored four or more runs in each of 11 consecutive road games (May 23-June 10).
  3. The Braves have allowed only 29 home runs this season, second fewest of any major league team, behind the Giants (28). The Phillies rank fifth in fewest homers allowed this year (34).
  4. Ronald Acuna has reached base safely in each of the 15 games he's played this season. It's the longest on-base streak by a Braves player this year. His on-base streak is 29 games going back to last year, which ended early for Acuna when he suffered a season-ending injury in a game at Miami on July 10.
  5. Georgia native Zack Wheeler is 0-4 with a 4.85 ERA in his last five games against the Braves in Atlanta (his team lost all five games). Wheeler's career record in Atlanta is 3-6 in 11 starts (4.04 ERA).
  6. Tucker Davidson has pitched in seven major league games (six starts). In three of those games, including his win at Milwaukee last Tuesday, he pitched at least five innings and allowed no runs (16.2 total IP, eight hits). In his four other MLB appearances, Davidson has allowed a total of 20 runs (15 earned) and 18 hits in 12.2 innings.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/23/2022 thru 5/26/2022

Veteran right-hander Zack Wheeler will try to keep his streak of strong starts going on Monday when the visiting Philadelphia Phillies open a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

This is the first meeting of the season between the two National League East rivals.

The Braves come off winning two of three games at Miami to complete a 3-3 road trip. Philadelphia scored a dramatic 4-3 10th inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday to break a three-game losing streak. Philadelphia has lost five of its last seven.

The first game of the series features Wheeler (2-3, 3.49 ERA) against rookie Atlanta left-hander Tucker Davidson (1-0, 5.87).

Over his last four starts, Wheeler is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA. He has not allowed a run in three of those outings and has allowed only three runs in 26 innings in that stretch.

Wheeler is coming off perhaps his best start of the season when he threw seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres last Wednesday. Wheeler allowed only four hits and struck out a season-high nine batters.

"You just see, especially when it's later in games, he just looks stronger," said Philadelphia first baseman Rhys Hoskins. "The stuff is still as crisp as it is in the first inning."

Wheeler said, "I just go out there and try to do my thing and just pitch the best I can. Hopefully the results help that."

Wheeler, who grew up in suburban Atlanta, has been tough against the Braves. In 21 career starts against Atlanta, Wheeler is 8-7 with a 3.23 ERA. His last start against the Braves came on Sept. 28, 2021, when he gave up two runs in seven innings and lost 2-1.

Davidson, one of the team's prized young arms, made his first start of the season on May 17 and earned his first career victory. He threw five shutout innings against Milwaukee, allowing three hits, three walks and striking out three in a 3-0 win.

"He did exactly what we needed him to do," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "This is a great opportunity for him. We need someone to fill that (No. 5 starter) spot and he really made a nice statement that he wants it."

Davidson has made one career start against Philadelphia, throwing six shutout innings against the Phillies in 2021 without getting a decision.

The Braves will have to face nemesis Bryce Harper, who returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing five games with right elbow soreness.

"It's good to have him back," Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said. "Any time you take a player of his caliber out of the lineup, you are going to miss him."

Harper is 1-for-8 since his return. He has feasted against the Braves in his career, hitting 37 homers with 89 RBIs in 159 career games. He has hit more home runs against the Braves than any other opponent.

Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. continues to get on base. He went 2-for-4 and doubled on Sunday and extended his on-base streak to 29 games. The run dates to last June 25.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 23, 2022


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