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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, June 9, 2021
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 13,552

Tucker Davidson, Braves try to take series vs. Phillies

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Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Phillies swept the Braves in a three-game series in Philadelphia to open the season, limiting Atlanta to three runs. Since 2017, the Phils are 26-13 at home against Atlanta (14-23 on the road against the Braves).
  2. Since May 21, Atlanta has remained between .500 and three games below break-even. The Braves are 0-5 this season when attempting to move their record over .500.
  3. With Bryce Harper returning to the lineup on Saturday, the Phils scored 17 total runs in defeating Washington on Saturday and Sunday. Philadelphia has won three of its last four home games following a four-game losing streak at Citizens Bank Park.
  4. Freddie Freeman is the active leader in both home runs (28) and RBI (115) against the Phillies. Freeman's home run against the Dodgers on Friday is his only round-tripper in his last 15 games.
  5. J.T. Realmuto is hitting .350 over his current six-game hitting streak, with six RBIs, five walks and a 1.031 OPS. Realmuto has a .419 average against the Braves in 2021, second highest by any Atlanta opponent (minimum 25 plate appearances; Teoscar Hernandez, .458).
  6. Drew Smyly has allowed 14 home runs in 2021, tied with Robbie Ray for the most among lefthanders in MLB. Aaron Nola recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in his last outing; his lifetime rate of 9.86 whiffs per nine innings is the highest by any pitcher in Phils history with at least 1,000 strikeouts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/8/2021 thru 6/10/2021

For rookie left-hander Tucker Davidson, Wednesday night's start at the Philadelphia Phillies represents another opportunity to show he might be a long-term solution for the hole left in the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation.

Davidson (0-0, 2.31 ERA) is the latest young pitcher to get a chance to replace Huascar Ynoa (broken hand) in the rotation. He made a good case for another start Thursday in Atlanta's 5-1 win over Washington, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings that were marred only by five walks.

Davidson was no-decisioned because he left with the game tied at 0. The Braves scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth, which served to give reliever Josh Tomlin the win.

This will be Davidson's third start with Atlanta this year. He worked six innings against the New York Mets May 18, yielding five hits and three runs with three walks and five strikeouts.

"The two starts that we've seen, he deserves a crack at this thing," said Braves manager Brian Snitker. "We'll just keep running with him for a while."

A 19th-round pick in 2016 out of Midland College in Texas, Davidson made his mark in 2019, pitching to a 2.03 earned run average in 21 starts at Double-A Mississippi while averaging around 10 strikeouts per nine innings. He made his MLB debut last September, permitting seven runs in 1 2/3 innings on Sept. 26 in a loss to Boston.

Snitker has noticed changes from that Davidson to this one.

"You can tell watching him on the mound, he's not the same guy," Snitker said. "He's a lot more calm and confident."

Davidson should be confident, if only because Ronald Acuna, Jr. is in the Atlanta lineup. Acuna went 3-for-4 Tuesday night and knocked in three runs as the Braves rallied for a 9-5 win over Philadelphia in the series opener.

One of Acuna's hits was his 18th homer, tying him with Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the MLB lead. It traveled an estimated 460 feet to the second deck at Citizens Bank Park at 116 mph, the hardest-hit ball of Acuna's career.

Still, the Phillies were in position to win the game when they took a 5-4 lead to the eighth inning. But Connor Brogdon and Sam Coonrod combined to cough up five runs, preventing them from getting closer to the .500 mark.

The result wasted home runs by Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto, along with a comeback from deficits of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2. Harper belted his first homer since May 11 when he cranked out a solo shot in the fourth, his eighth of the year.

Philadelphia will turn to right-hander Zach Eflin (2-5, 4.10) to square the series. Eflin last pitched on May 30, going 4 2/3 innings and yielding four runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts in a 6-2 loss at Tampa Bay.

"My command really wasn't there today," he said. "I was spraying it all over."

Eflin has experienced success in 12 previous starts against Atlanta, going 6-3 with a 3.41 ERA and holding the Braves to a .239 batting average while inducing 12 double-play balls -- the most he's gotten from any opponent.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 9, 2021

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