Sunday, January 25, 2015

Phillies routed by Braves for second straight day

Phillies pitcher Sean O´Sullivan. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Phillies pitcher Sean O'Sullivan. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- The punchless Phillies continued to have the spring doldrums Tuesday, managing only two hits in a 9-1 loss to the Braves at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

It was the second consecutive lopsided loss against the Braves in as many days. The Phils lost 8-1 to Atlanta on Monday in Clearwater.

The games was scoreless through 4 1/2 innings until Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla hit his second homer of the spring, a solo shot leading off the fifth. The flood gates opened in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Sean O'Sullivan, though, when the Braves scored five times.

Edward Salcedo's two-run homer and Jordan Schafer's two-run triple sparked the outburst. O'Sullivan took over for starter David Buchanan, who gave up only one hit in three innings of work. O'Sullivan (1-1) took the loss after being roughed up for six runs, all of them earned, on eight hits in only 2 2/3 innings of work.

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    Philadelphia's lone run came in the seventh when Tony Gwynn Jr. scored on a hit by DH Kevin Frandsen. Third baseman Reid Brignac had the Phillies' only other hit.

    Jake Diekman pitched the eighth for the Phillies and was touched for three runs and three hits, including Todd Cunningham's two-run homer.

    Atlanta had 12 hits to make a winner out of lefty Atahualpa Severino (1-1), who pitched only the fifth but was the beneficiary of Uggla's homer. Julio Teheran started for Atlanta and didn't give up a hit or walk in his four innings. Braves pitchers retired the first 15 Philadelphia batters before third baseman Cody Asche walked to lead off the sixth.

    Starters Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons and Uggla each had two hits for the Braves.

    The Phillies play again tomorrow against the Orioles in Sarasota. They have only 20 spring days left until the season opener against against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.

    Ken Gladstone For Philly.com
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