The fifth circus inning condemns the Phillies to the second consecutive defeat by the Braves

ATLANTA – For the second consecutive game, the Phillies played a sloppy defense and their bar could not hold the Atlanta Braves’ attack.

“We gave it our all,” coach Joe Girardi said after his side’s 8-4 defeat to the Braves on Wednesday night.

The Braves opened a 4-4 game with two streaks at the bottom of the fifth. Comforter Jose Alvarado threw a wild field and left a Homer in the inning and central striker Odubel Herrera made a costly mistake in a ball that escaped everyone except the peanut seller.

It was the Phillies’ seventh loss in the last 10 games, reducing them to four games below 0,500 in 20-24.

They have not played five games under 0,500 this season and the feeling inside the club is disappointing.

“The mood is not good, obviously,” said catcher JT Realmuto. “We feel we are a much better team than the way we play at the moment and it is up to us at this club to play better.

“We have to do better in all aspects of the game. We do not play well enough. We do not hit well enough. We do not play well enough in defense.

“It’s very dark right now at this club after this defeat and it should be. Because we expect to win. “We just have to play better if we want to get where we want to go.”

The Phillies won the first game of the series on Monday night. Their two consecutive defeats coincided with the first place of the New York Mets who lost two in a row. The Phils missed the chance to land in the NL East and are eight games behind the Mets while the Braves are seven behind.

The Phillies play a series of three games in New York against the Mets starting Friday night.

Things started well for the Phillies on Wednesday night. They took a 1-0 lead with a Homer solo from Herrera in the second inning. The Braves came back quickly with four rows against Ranger Suarez at the end of the second inning and never fell again.

William Contreras, who had the winning shot on Tuesday night, started the Braves’ second rally with a solo hostage on a 0-2 pitch by Suarez.

Suarez has left six homers in 43 2/3 innings this season. Last season, he allowed only four in 106 appearances.

Herrera had another RBI hit in the fourth and Nick Castellanos and Jean Segura led in a row in the fifth to make it 4-4.

The Braves turned right and took control of the game at the bottom of the fifth and rolled to victory.

“This is a huge closure to keep the momentum on your side and the fact that we just handed it to them was definitely not ideal,” Realmuto said.

The Phillies left the best impression of an Ringling Brothers action in that bottom of the fifth. In a 4-4 game, Suarez gave a single from Dansby Swanson and then hit Marcell Ozuna before rising to 88 pitches in favor of left-handed Jose Alvarado.

Alvarado’s second stadium in Austin Riley was a wild stadium. Realmuto regained the wild court and fell to second place as Swanson moved on. The throw was high and passed the glove of the second key, Jean Segura. He also escaped the understanding of shortstop Bryson Stott, who participated in the project. Eventually, the throw skipped in the center of the field, where it fell from the Herrera charger. So in one game, the ball got three Phillies Segura, Stott and Herrera – and Swanson was able to score from the ground up without the player putting the ball in play.

Three pitches later, Riley put the ball in play, returning to the left of the field to give the Braves a 6-4 lead.

Only Herrera was charged with a mistake in the game that no one made, but there could have been more.

It was the second night in a row that a Phillies center-back made a mistake that led to a run. Roman Quinn lost a fly ball at the end of Tuesday night.

There were other moments of sloppiness for the Phillies in Wednesday night’s game. Over-attacking Bryce Harper, who had four hits, made a basic running mistake trying to stretch a single-double in the first inning and Castellanos lost a player who helped the Braves take a run in the second.

“Little things add up, whether they are good little things or bad little things,” Girardi said. “Sometimes they go unnoticed. Who knows what happens in the first inning, right? You know, there is no guarantee that we will score, but the first and third with one out are better than the third with two outs. The fact that the cutoff man was missing probably led to an extra run for them. It makes a big difference. “

Suarez was not sharp for a second consecutive exit. Allowed 10 key runners in six hits and four rides in 4 1/3 innings. He was charged with five runs. The left hand ERA is 4.74, not what one expected, after nine starts.

“His mandate was not the same as it was last year, and we need to find a way to get him back on track,” Girardi said. “She was everywhere. He missed his points very badly. Just left”.

Aaron Nola plays for the Phillies in the series finale on Thursday night. The Phils will need a win to not lose their 10th straight of the season. Only four have won.

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