After another come-from-behind win Saturday night, the Atlanta Braves will try to complete a three-game sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday night in a nationally televised game on ESPN.
The Braves scored a blowout win in Friday’s series opener against Aaron Nola and then trailed 4-0 in the seventh Saturday before pulling off a late rally and winning on a walk-off single by Adam Duvall. Max Fried turned in another dominant performance on Friday while Robbie Erlin and the bullpen pitched well enough on Saturday.
Atlanta will turn to Josh Tomlin to make his second start of the season in Sunday’s series finale. Tomlin allowed two runs over four innings while throwing a season-high 51 pitches in his first start against the Nationals on Tuesday. Whatever the role, Tomlin has been effective this season posting a 2.35 ERA and a 1.59 FIP in 15 1/3 innings so far in 2020.
The Phillies will counter with right-hander Zach Eflin who is looking to get his season on track. Elfin will be making his fourth start of the season. He held the Yankees scoreless over four innings in his season debut but has been tagged for 12 hits and eight runs over his last two starts combined. He allowed five hits, three walks and four runs in four innings last time out against the Red Sox.
On the injury front, Atlanta could be close to getting a key player back. Ronald Acuña Jr. was cleared to begin working out on the field Saturday and is scheduled to do so again on Sunday. If he reports no setbacks he could be activated soon.
Ozzie Albies on the other hand is still several days away. Albies has been getting treatment but isn’t scheduled to resume hitting until Monday at the earliest.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, August 23, 7:08 p.m. ET
Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network