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By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor

Philadelphia, PA — The Philadelphia Phillies (38-64) have been playing much better baseball of late, winning four straight and seven of their last 10. They conclude their series against their NL East foe, the Atlanta Braves (48-55), this afternoon at 12:35 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park. Atlanta has lost seven of their last 10.

On Sunday afternoon, the Phillies walked off against Atlanta for the second straight game. Vince Velasquez hurled seven shutout innings in one of his best starts in Philadelphia and Freddy Galvis slapped the walk-off single in the ninth, sending the Phils to their fourth straight win. 

Nick Pivetta will take the mound for the Phils in the series finale. He'll be opposed by Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Atlanta Braves (48-55) Philadelphia Phillies (38-64)
RHP Mike Foltynewicz RHP Nick Pivetta
(9-5, 3.82 ERA) (3-6, 5.73 ERA)

Nick Pivetta's last start, career vs. ATL: Pivetta has shown glimpses of greatness during his time in the Phillies rotation, and that's what the first five innings of his last start looked like against baseball's best team. He held the Houston Astros offense to one run in five innings before spiraling downhill in the sixth, allowing four runs. Pivetta has faced the Braves one other time, allowing three runs in five innings this season, striking out four and walking three.

Mike Foltynewicz's last start, career vs. PHI: The 25-year-old right-hander put together a strong performance his last time out, tossing six innings of two-run ball against the Diamondbacks on July 25. Over his past seven starts, he's sporting a 2.95 ERA and he held the Phillies to one run in 14 innings this season in two starts. He's 3-1 with a 3.66 ERA in six games, five starts, in his career against Philadelphia.

 Starting Lineups:

Atlanta Braves (48-55) Philadelphia Phillies (38-64)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 CF Ender Inciarte L 1 2B  Cesar Hernandez
2 2B Brandon Phillips R 2 SS  Freddy Galvis
3 3B Freddie Freeman L 3 RF  Aaron Altherr 
4 1B Matt Adams L 4 CG  Odubel Herrera
5 RF Nick Markakis L 5 1B  Tommy Joseph 
6 C Kurt Suzuki R 6 3B  Maikel Franco
7 LF Danny Santana S 7 LF  Hyun Soo Kim
8 SS Johan Camargo S 8 Andrew Knapp 
9 P Mike Foltynewicz R 9 Nick Pivetta 

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 12:35 p.m.
  • TV: CSN
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


What's Next:

  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017: at Los Angeles Angels, 10:07 p.m.
    • Angel Stadium of Anaheim
    • RHP Aaron Nola (8-6, 3.17 ERA) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-12, 5.07 ERA)
    • TV: CSN
    • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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