By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. The Phillies won 5-1 over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Phillies swept the series with the Braves. They are now off to a 3-0 start to begin the season.
The Braves are winless, as they are 0-3.
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When the Braves and Phillies played on Sunday Night Baseball, it was the Phillies first-time on the program since Sunday, September 18, 2011. They lost 3-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers in their last game on Sunday Night Baseball before the win against the Braves.
Maikel Franco singled in the seventh inning to shallow right field to increase the Phillies lead to 5-1. Rhys Hoskins scored on the play.
In the same inning, the Phillies went up 4-1, as Bryce Harper hit a 398-foot home run to right field. It was Harper’s second home run as a member of the Phillies.
On Saturday, he launched a 465-foot home run as his first hit with his new team. When Harper hit this home run, it was the longest home run at Citizens Bank Park.
Philadelphia also added two more runs in the fifth inning. J.T. Realmuto hit a sacrifice fly to right field. Jean Segura scored on the play for the 1-3 lead.
Earlier in the inning, Hoskins drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Andrew McCutchen. The Phillies went up 2-1 on this play.
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McCutchen also hit his second home run in Sunday’s contest. He launched a 382-foot home run to right field in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game at 1-1.
The Braves took the 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Josh Donaldson scored on a pass ball by Realmuto.
Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta received the win, as he improved to 1-0 on the season. He went six innings and allowed one run (one earned run) on three hits. He also struck out six batters and walked six batters.
Adam Morgan received his first hold of the season. He threw a perfect inning in the seventh inning.
Braves pitcher Kyle Wright received the loss, as he fell to 0-1. He went 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (three earned runs) on two hits, including giving up a home run.
He also struck out four batters and walked five batters.
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