Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Braves spoiled the MLB debut of Phillies top prospect Spencer Howard on what was also a dismal day for the Phils' bats.
Freeman and Acuña each homered to the opposite field off of Howard, going 5 for 6 with those two jacks and a triple as the Braves won both games of Sunday's doubleheader by scores of 5-2 and 8-0.
The Phillies had just seven hits in 14 innings. They went 7 for 48 in the doubleheader, a .146 batting average.
Their best scoring chance in Game 2 came in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases with two outs for Bryce Harper, who flied out to shallow center.
The Phillies are 4-6. The Braves are 11-6.
More specifics here on Howard's outing.
No knocks when it counts
The Phillies went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position in the two games Sunday. They have hit .194 with RISP this season.
Braves' best players woke up
To win this series, the Phillies needed Freeman and Acuña to stay cold for just a few more days. They entered Sunday hitting a combined .207. Freeman went 6 for 8 in the doubleheader with a double, triple and homer. Acuña went 5 for 8 with three homers. Combined, that's 11 for 16 with four homers, a double, triple and eight RBI. Good grief.
At least Hoskins built a little confidence
Rhys Hoskins, who entered the second game Sunday hitting .111 (3 for 27), went 2 for 2 with a double and an HBP. He's hitting .172, though with a .429 on-base percentage. Every little thing counts right now for Hoskins, who threw his arms up in the air to thank the Baseball Gods after he finally picked up that first hit Sunday.
Hoskins has made it on base.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) August 9, 2020
And he's as thankful as you are. pic.twitter.com/Mz6nfg41zY
Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.97) starts the series finale Monday night at 6:05 against Braves lefty Sean Newcomb (0-1, 6.57).