Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera making a two-run home run-saving grab in the third inning, opposite Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Citizens Bank Park (Watch Video).
By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor
Trailing the division by just a half-game, the Philadelphia Phillies (16-10) and RHP Vince Velasquez will look to capture its fifth series win of the season in a Sunday matinee opposite the Atlanta Braves (15-11) and RHP Brandon McCarthy at Citizens Bank Park.
Prior to the game, the Phillies placed shortstop J.P. Crawford on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Crawford suffered the injury on Saturday. In a corresponding move, the club recalled infielder Jesmuel Valentín from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies fell for the fifth time in eight meetings with the Braves this season on Saturday, 4-1, after taking the series opener, 7-3, on Friday. Third baseman Maikel Franco provided the only Phillies offense and extra-base hit with a solo shot in the fifth, his third home run of 2018. The club scattered just four other singles in the loss, while starter Nick Pivetta fell to 1-1 after allowing four runs through five frames and 82 pitches.
After concluding their 10-game homestand on Sunday, the Phillies will next head to Miami and the nation's capital for two three-game road sets against their division rivals, the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals. The club will then return home for a seven-game homestand against the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets, May 7-13.
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