7:10 PM ET, September 26, 2013
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
Philadelphia: Cloyd (2-6, 5.40 ERA)
Atlanta: Hale (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Atlanta Braves are not feeling too confident now in search of the NL’s best record.
With suspensions most likely happening after a brawl in their most recent game, the Braves are hoping to get another strong start from David Hale tonight when they face the Philadelphia Phillies.
After a 4-0 defeat versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, the Braves (93-65) are now one-half game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race to earn home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. What happened during the first inning of that loss could play a big part in that chase.
Milwaukee’s own Carlos Gomez got into a verbal argument with pitcher Paul Maholm and first baseman Freddie Freeman after hitting his 23rd homer, and catcher Brian McCann kept him from touching the plate when he confronted him between third and home. That ended in a benches-clearing brawl that led to ejections for Freeman, Gomez and Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird.
When the game was ove Gomez said he was upset because Maholm hit him in the leg with a fastball in a 7-4 defeat June 23.
With the league most likely meting out punishment as soon as today, the Braves will have to see who is available to open this four-game series versus the Phillies (72-86).
Atlanta might be ok if Hale can duplicate his outstanding major league debut which impressed YouWager experts.
While starting in place of an ailing Maholm, the right-hander set a franchise record with nine strikeouts in his first game Sept. 13 versus the San Diego Padres. Hale also pitched five scoreless innings, but San Diego denied him a win by rallying for a 4-3 win.
Hale (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will have to deal with a Philadelphia team that’s batted .215 and scored 18 runs while dropping six of seven. The Phillies had 10 hits Wednesday in Miami but lost 3-2.
The Phillies will counter with Tyler Cloyd (2-6, 5.40). The 26 year-old is 0-3 with an 11.77 ERA in three starts since being recalled from the minors Sept. 3.
Atlanta has won four of their six home games versus Philadelphia this baseball season, but they endured a three-game sweep in Philly during the most recent matchup Sept. 6-8.