Aaron Nola not enough as Phillies' win streak ends at 6

Aaron Nola not enough as Phillies' win streak ends at 6


ATLANTA — The Phillies’ six-game winning streak came to an end in a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

Phillies starter Aaron Nola pitched well. He allowed just four hits and two runs over six innings, but Atlanta starter Julio Teheran was a little better. Teheran held the Phillies to a run over six innings. That run was a first-inning homer by Odubel Herrera. Two innings later, Herrera committed a costly base-running mistake to hurt a potential rally.

The Braves snapped a 1-1 tie on a sacrifice fly by Kurt Suzuki in the fourth inning. The fly ball was hit to center field, but rightfielder Aaron Altherr had to make the play after some confusion between he and centerfielder Herrera. It was not immediately known why Herrera pulled off the ball. There may have been a miscommunication between he and Altherr. He might have lost it in the lights. Altherr actually made a strong throw to the plate trying to get Ozzie Albies, but Herrera would have had an easier time because his momentum was moving directly toward home plate.

Earlier in the game, Herrera hurt the Phillies on the base paths. Carlos Santana had reached on a one-out walk in the third inning. Herrera then stroked a ball to right field. He tried to turn it into a hustle double and would have been successful had he slid into second base instead of gone in standing up. Herrera’s failure to slide allowed Nick Markakis to throw him out from right field. Herrera knew he made a bad play because he immediately slapped himself upside the head as the umpire was ringing him up (see story).

If Herrera had been safe, the Phillies would have had runners at second and third with one out. Instead, they had a runner on third with two outs and Teheran eventually pitched out of trouble.

Teheran also pitched out of trouble in the sixth. He gave up a leadoff double to Rhys Hoskins then got three quick outs as the Phillies failed to move the runner.

Atlanta's bullpen pitched three scoreless innings.

Nola’s ERA in four starts is 2.22.

The Phillies are 9-6. Half of their losses have come against the Braves, who are also 9-6.

• Reliever Victor Arano pitched two perfect innings and is up to 7 1/3 perfect innings for the season and 9 1/3 dating to his last two outings last season.

• Cesar Hernandez did not start for the first time this season. He is just 5 for 31 (.161) lifetime against Teheran.

• Mark Leiter Jr., recovering from a forearm strain, ramped up his progress with a bullpen session. Pat Neshek, on the DL with a shoulder strain, began throwing on flat ground.

Orioles trade Manny Machado to Dodgers; here's what it means for Phillies

Orioles trade Manny Machado to Dodgers; here's what it means for Phillies

Updated: 10 p.m.

No Manny Machado for the Phillies ... this time.

The Dodgers beat the Phillies' offer — at least in the eyes of the Orioles, which is all that matters. L.A. on Wednesday traded top prospect Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop, Rylan Bannon and Breyvic Valera to Baltimore for Machado, a free agent at season's end.

Diaz is a 21-year-old right-handed outfielder with power and plate selection the Dodgers signed out of Cuba for $15.5 million in 2015. 

The Phillies went after the former Orioles superstar aggressively and were willing to part with well-regarded prospects including right-hander Adonis Medina, but in the end, the win-now Dodgers were more willing to overpay for the best available player.

This does not, however, close the book on Machado eventually signing a long-term contract with the Phillies. Corey Seager is the Dodgers' franchise shortstop. He's out for the season with an elbow injury, which is why L.A. made this move. It makes sense for the Dodgers to overpay, it makes sense for them to go all-in given their sky-high payroll, with where they are in their window of contention and with how last October went.

We know that Machado wants to play shortstop. It's a big deal to him and it's where he feels most comfortable. He said this week in D.C. that money isn't the only factor for him this winter, that happiness is most important. If he gets similar offers and one of the teams is willing to let him play shortstop, that could make all the difference.

The Phillies will still pursue Machado this winter. Right now, however, their focus will shift to other available players on the trade market. There are still some nice players out there who could boost the left side of the Phillies' infield, their rotation or bullpen.

Check out the Phils' other options here. The Blue Jays, Royals, and even the Orioles still match up well in a trade. 

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Aaron Nola overpowers Mookie Betts, Mike Trout in All-Star Game debut

Aaron Nola overpowers Mookie Betts, Mike Trout in All-Star Game debut

Aaron Nola vs. Mookie Betts, Jose Altuve and Mike Trout. Welcome to the All-Star Game.

Nola made his ASG debut Tuesday night in D.C., pitching the top of the fifth inning with the National League trailing 2-1.

He opened the frame by striking out Royals catcher Salvador Perez on a low-and-away curveball well off the plate.

Next up was Betts, the AL MVP favorite. On a 3-2 count, Nola struck Betts out swinging on a high-and-tight 96 mph fastball.

The next batter, 2017 AL MVP Altuve, singled to right-center on the first pitch. 

And that brought up Trout, who had homered in his previous at-bat against Jacob deGrom. 

Trout had no such luck against Nola, popping up to first base in foul territory on the third pitch he saw.

Nola threw 15 pitches, 10 strikes. 

This was a pretty cool moment for Nola, facing arguably the three best hitters in baseball and retiring two of them. Looked like he belonged.

He made some new friends, too. Here's Nola planning an offseason sleepover with Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin.

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