Phillies Look for Series Win in Atlanta Behind Velasquez

Matt Leon
April 18, 2018 - 1:03 pm
 Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Phillies wrap up their three-game series against the Braves Wednesday night down in Atlanta.

This will be the rubber game in this series. After Atlanta won the opener on Monday, 2-1, the Phillies bounced back Tuesday night to grab a 5-1 decision in 10 innings. Rhys Hoskins snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the top of the 10th. Maikel Franco then put the game away with his own two-run double.

Vince Velasquez will get the start on the mound tonight for the Phillies. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA. He struggled in his first start of the season, against the Braves, back on March 31, allowing seven runs while getting just eight outs. But he has been really good since then. In his last two starts, Velasquez is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA.

The Braves will counter on the mound with right-hander Brandon McCarthy. He is 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA. He beat Velasquez in that March 31 game, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Phillies are 10-6 on the season and currently second in the National League East. The Braves are 9-7 and third in the division.

KYW Newsradio's Matt Leon spoke with NBC Sports Philadelphia's Corey Seidman about the Phils and their recent success.

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