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A hole too deep: Braves 12, Phillies 10

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The Phillies battled, but couldn’t come back from a 10-0 deficit

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies
Jake Arrieta was off his game on Sunday night
Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

It felt like this one was over early. After the Braves scored 10 runs in the top of the second inning, fans could have been excused if they chose to switch the channel to the (gulp) Flyers game.

But the Phillies’ batters weren’t content to go quietly into the night. At one point they cut the deficit to one run, but ultimately couldn’t overcome the struggles of the pitching staff, and lost 12-10.

Coming off a solid start against the Nationals, Jake Arrieta was awful on Sunday night. He couldn’t seem to locate any of his pitches, and the final seven batters he faced reached base. This prompted the first ever appearance by David Hale in a Phillies uniform...and he allowed hits to the next two batters. He managed to record an out before Austin Riley ended the rally with a two-run home run.

Didi Gregorius homered in what seemed like a “cosmetic” run in the bottom of the inning, but the third is when things got serious. Facing the Braves’ brand new starter Tommy Milone, the Phillies went to work. Eleven batters reached the plate, and the Phillies scored six runs, prompting Braves fans to question if there was a return policy on their new trade acquisition

The teams traded runs over the next two innings, but then things surprisingly got quiet for a few innings. Perhaps the most surprising thing was that Vince Velasquez gave the Phillies two scoreless - if not particularly clean - innings.

In the eighth inning, the Phillies got two more back thanks to back-to-back shots by Roman Quinn and Andrew McCutchen.

Unfortunately, that was all the Phillies had in them. Despite getting the leadoff hitter aboard in the ninth, Mark Melancon was able to retire the side and preserve the win.

It was a disappointing end to the series, as Arrieta didn’t even give them a chance to complete the sweep. While this outing may have bloated it a bit, his 6.49 ERA is worrisome. Scoring ten runs is a good formula for victory most nights, but not if the starting pitcher is going to get knocked out of the game in the second inning.