This Week in Flyers' History Week Ending July 6th
Sixth Inning Shakeup (and Shoddy Offense) Costs the Phillies' Chance at Doubleheader Split

David Buchanan and Phils Look to Avoid Sweep Against Braves, Aaron Harang

Buchanan

The Phillies were swept in yesterday's day-night doubleheader 10-3 and 5-1, respectively. Falling to 36-45 at the season's mid-way mark, the Phillies are now on pace to lose 90 games. The Phillies' bats failed to show up to the park yesterday, as they mounted just four runs. In the finale of the doubleheader the Phils sent out Sean O'Sullivan, who allowed four earned runs through 5 2/3 innings to take the loss. The only offense came from a Jimmy Rollins sac fly. 

Today the Phillies will look to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Braves. David Buchanan (4-3, 4.79 ERA) will make his eigth start of the year as he takes on the Braves for the first time in his career. Buchanan has won his last three starts and has a 3.06 ERA over that stretch of 17+ innings. His last time out, against the Marlins, Buchanan allowed two earned runs on six hits through five innings. Buchanan walked four and struck out two en route to his fourth win of the year. 

Aaron Harang is 2-1 with a 5.82 ERA in his last three starts, including a win his last time out. On Tuesday, against Houston, Harang spent six innings on the hill, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five. The last time the Phillies faced Harang was back on Wednesday the 18th where they hit him for eight earned runs on thirteen hits in five innings. In his career against the Phillies, Harang is 4-3 with a 5.47 ERA.

Today's lineups:

Phillies lineup:

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Jimmy Rollins SS
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd RF
  6. Cody Asche 3B
  7. Domonic Brown LF
  8. Koyie Hill C
  9. David Buchanan P.

Braves lineup:

  1. B.J. Upton CF
  2. Ramiro Pena 3B
  3. Freddie Freeman 1B
  4. Justin Upton LF
  5. Jason Heyward RF
  6. Andrelton Simmons SS
  7. Tommy La Stella 2B
  8. Gerald Laird C
  9. Aaron Harang P.

First Pitch: 1:35 PM ET
Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Weather: 84° - Sunny - 0% Precip
TV: CSN

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia.com Follow him on Twitter @ErikSeyboldPHI.

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