Nola tries to rebound as Phillies host Braves

The Philadelphia Phillies will try to snap their five-game losing streak when they battle the Atlanta Braves at Citizen's Bank Park tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

Aaron Harang took yet another loss last night as he allowed five runs in five innings as Atlanta defeated Philadelphia 7-2. Harang's 15 losses are tops in the majors this season. The win also snapped a 12-game losing streak for the Braves.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Atlanta Braves (55-83) Philadelphia Phillies (53-85)
RHP Ryan Weber RHP

Aaron Nola

(0-0, 0.00 ERA) (5-2, 4.02 ERA)

Aaron Nola will get the ball looking to rebound from the worst start of his brief big league career. The young right-hander lasted just four innings while giving up nine hits and six runs in a 9-4 loss to the Mets last Thursday.

Through his first nine starts, Nola is 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA. He has 44 strikeouts and 14 walks. He was a perfect 4-0 in August.

Nola will be opposed by Ryan Weber. Weber is making his first major league start tonight. This year at Triple-A Gwinnett, Weber was 6-3 with 35 strikeouts and nine walks. He also posted a 2.21 ERA in 27 appearances.

Starting Lineups:

Atlanta Braves (55-83) Philadelphia Phillies (53-85)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 RF Nick Markakis L 1 2B Cesat Hernandez s
2 3B Hector Olivera 2 CF Odubel Herrera L
3 1B Freddie Freeman

3

RF Aaron Altherr R
4 C A.J. Pierzynski 4 1B Ryan Howard L
5 LF Nick Swisher 5 SS Andres Blanco S
6 2B           Jace Peterson L 6 LF Brian Bogusevic L
7 SS  Andrelton Simmons 7 C Cameron Rupp R
8 CF Michael Bourn 8 3B Cody Asche L
9 P Ryan Weber R 9 P Aaron Nola R


Game Notes:

  • Hector Olivera hit his first career home run and drove in four Atlanta runs in last night's win.
  • Brian Bogusevic homered in his first plate appearance since September 2013 when he was a member of the Chicago Cubs
  • The 15,125 in attendance was the lowest in Citizens Bank Park history last night.
  • Nola defeated Atlanta 12-2 back on August 1st.
  • Freddie Freeman is batting .395 in his last nine games against the Phillies

Broadcast Information:

  • First-pitch:7:05 pm EST
  • TV: CSN Philly
  • Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT, SBP 1480 (Sp.)

What's Next:

Wednesday September 9, 2015: vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:05 pm

RHP Julio Teheran (9-7, 4.51 ERA) vs. RHP David Buchanan (2-7, 9.00 ERA)

Bill Minchin is a contributing writer for Philliedelphia. Follow Bill on Twitter @wtfd103074