Even after the Phillies spent $19 million to fortify the corners last winter, Aaron Altherr has found regular at-bats in 2017. Can he make the most of it?
The Phillies had struck out nine times against Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz before Daniel Nava stroked a single to centerfield in the seventh inning Sunday.
After getting stronger in the offseason, the leadoff hitter has four home runs in 18 games and nine extra-base hits, a total he did not reach until June 4 last season.
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The Phillies pitcher had operations on both knees last year, and the result is no pain and lots of gain.
Hernandez, Altherr, and Herrera provided the power in a 5-2 victory.
The Braves took the lead in the ninth but could not hold it.
The 28-year-old veteran of 40 big-league games will join the club Tuesday.
Starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed just two runs in seven innings
The leftfielder's spot is likely to be filled by Daniel Nava or Aaron Altherr
Combat-avoiding players generated a lot of ill feelings in the country.
They beat long odds to make the Phillies and showed that perseverance and performance can pay off not just for the top prospects.
Bob Brookover joins the hosts and talks about minor-league pitcher Sixto Sanchez.
The former Phillies slugger has been working out at Atlanta's spring training facility.
"I don't want to name it anything," manager Pete Mackanin said, when asked if he had adopted a closer by committee.