Braves beat Phillies, await word on Freeman's status

ATLANTA (AP) The sight of Freddie Freeman being hit by a pitch near the spot where his wrist was fractured last season left the Atlanta Braves revisiting bad memories they hope won't be repeated.

It was enough to make it difficult for Atlanta to celebrate its fourth straight home series win.

Ryan Flaherty homered and drove in four runs, Brandon McCarthy outpitched Vince Velasquez and the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 on Wednesday night despite losing Freeman in the eighth inning.

Phillies left-hander Hoby Milner hit Freeman near the base of his left hand. Freeman winced, stood at the plate for a few seconds and then walked straight to the dugout to take himself out of the game.

Freeman was on track for his best season and a possible MVP run last year before missing seven weeks with a fractured left wrist. He hit .307 with 28 homers in 117 games - his second season playing fewer than 120 games in the last three years - and his time on the disabled list helped send the Braves to a 90-loss finish.

Following the game, manager Brian Snitker said Freeman was still being examined.

''It's a concern because he was hit in that hand,'' Snitker said.

The possibility of bad news made it difficult for the manager to even complete a wish for good results.

''Hopefully ... I don't know. I can't even comment,'' Snitker said.

The Braves (10-7) won two of three from the Phillies. They have won their first four home series for the first time since 2000, when they won their first five.

Losing Freeman for an extended period could be devastating, even though the team signed Jose Bautista to a minor league contract on Wednesday. Bautista, who will report to extended spring training, was brought in to play third base. The 37-year-old Bautista also has limited experience at first base.

''Hopefully he's OK,'' McCarthy said of Freeman. ''I wasn't here last year. This one doesn't seem terrible from the get-go. Hopefully tomorrow the tests show up the same.''

McCarthy (3-0) allowed one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Flaherty's three-run homer off Velasquez (1-2) gave Atlanta a 3-1 lead in the fifth. The Phillies got within one in the seventh before Dansby Swanson's homer off Edubray Ramos in the bottom of the inning put Atlanta ahead 4-2. Flaherty added a run-scoring single in the Braves' three-run eighth.

Flaherty, who began the day with an NL-best .354 batting average, strengthened his job security at third base by hitting a 93-mph fastball from Velasquez into the seats in right-center.

The homer, the first allowed by Velasquez this season, drove in Preston Tucker, who walked, and Swanson, who singled.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: After starting the first 16 games of the season, 1B Carlos Santana was given a day off before entering the game as a pinch hitter. Rhys Hoskins started at first base after 14 starts in left field.

Braves: C Tyler Flowers (left oblique strain) could be ready for a rehab assignment this weekend. ... RHP Jose Ramirez was placed on the 10-day DL with right shoulder inflammation. LHP Jesse Biddle, a first-round draft pick by the Phillies in 2010 who had Tommy John surgery in 2015, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

CONFIDENCE IN VELASQUEZ

Velasquez allowed three runs in six innings.

''I think all night long he was attacking hitters and that was why we had the confidence to send him out for the sixth,'' manager Gabe Kapler said.

A `WOW' CATCH

Ender Inciarte reached over the center-field wall to take a possible home run from Scott Kingery in the first inning. The ball could be seen sticking out of the top of Inciarte's glove as he made the catch. Watching from the mound, a grateful McCarthy mouthed ''Wow.''

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 3.38 ERA) is set to make his third start when Philadelphia opens a home series against Jameson Taillon and the Pirates.

Braves: After placing Anibal Sanchez on the 10-day DL with a right hamstring strain, the team did not immediately announce a new starter for Thursday night's game against the New York Mets. RHP Lucas Sims, recalled Sunday to pitch in relief, could start. Matt Harvey (0-1, 4.80 ERA) pitches for the Mets.

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ATL10-7
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  • W: B. McCarthy (3-0)L: V. Velasquez (1-2)
  • HR: ATL - R. Flaherty (1), D. Swanson (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000021.271.419.407.826-1.0
S. Kingery LF-SS30000110.241.308.466.7730.5
O. Herrera CF40100000.323.373.452.8251.0
R. Hoskins 1B-LF31100112.327.486.5771.0632.5
N. Williams RF20000113.263.333.395.7280.5
a- A. Altherr PH10110000.100.265.275.5403.0
M. Franco 3B31000103.220.281.420.7012.0
A. Knapp C41200012.233.324.233.5572.5
V. Velasquez P20110011.500.500.5001.0001.5
b- C. Santana PH-1B20000002.131.253.279.5320.0
J. Crawford SS30000032.182.234.364.598-1.5
E. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Milner P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-doubled for Williams in the 9th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Velasquez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF40200000.232.280.261.5412.0
O. Albies 2B40100021.307.333.640.9730.0
F. Freeman 1B30100011.288.468.492.9601.5
C. Culberson PR-1B01000000.143.280.190.4701.0
N. Markakis RF41200000.279.372.412.7843.0
K. Suzuki C41110002.270.378.459.8373.0
P. Tucker LF21000110.271.321.500.8211.5
P. Bourjos LF10000001.136.208.182.3900.0
D. Swanson SS32211110.358.394.582.9768.5
R. Flaherty 3B41241010.365.450.500.9509.5
B. McCarthy P20000020.125.125.250.375-1.0
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Camargo PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- L. Adams PH10000012.235.381.412.793-0.5
A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Carle in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Winkler in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Altherr
  • RBI - A. Altherr (9), V. Velasquez
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Velasquez
BATTING
  • HR - D. Swanson (2), R. Flaherty
  • RBI - K. Suzuki (5), D. Swanson (11), R. Flaherty 4 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Flaherty
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - O. Albies
FIELDING
  • E - O. Albies (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez (L, 1-2)6.07331713.801.368.5
E. Ramos1.11110211.040.922.0
H. Milner0.23331107.711.93-6.5
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez (L, 1-2)6.0
E. Ramos1.1
H. Milner0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. McCarthy (W, 3-0)5.15112602.911.2917.0
S. Carle (H, 3)1.20101201.380.923.0
D. Winkler (H, 2)1.00000101.930.863.5
A. Minter1.01111100.961.070.5
PITCHERSIP
B. McCarthy (W, 3-0)5.1
S. Carle (H, 3)1.2
D. Winkler (H, 2)1.0
A. Minter1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - H. Milner
  • HBP - H. Milner
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 99-68, E. Ramos 24-16, H. Milner 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 2-7, E. Ramos 2-0, H. Milner 1-0
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 24, E. Ramos 5, H. Milner 7
  • Balks - H. Milner
PITCHING
  • WP - B. McCarthy, A. Minter
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 88-58, S. Carle 29-20, D. Winkler 15-10, A. Minter 25-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 5-3, S. Carle 3-0, D. Winkler 1-1, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 21, S. Carle 6, D. Winkler 3, A. Minter 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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ATL10-7
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000021.271.419.407.826-1.0
S. Kingery LF-SS30000110.241.308.466.7730.5
O. Herrera CF40100000.323.373.452.8251.0
R. Hoskins 1B-LF31100112.327.486.5771.0632.5
N. Williams RF20000113.263.333.395.7280.5
a- A. Altherr PH10110000.100.265.275.5403.0
M. Franco 3B31000103.220.281.420.7012.0
A. Knapp C41200012.233.324.233.5572.5
V. Velasquez P20110011.500.500.5001.0001.5
b- C. Santana PH-1B20000002.131.253.279.5320.0
J. Crawford SS30000032.182.234.364.598-1.5
E. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Milner P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-doubled for Williams in the 9th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Velasquez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF40200000.232.280.261.5412.0
O. Albies 2B40100021.307.333.640.9730.0
F. Freeman 1B30100011.288.468.492.9601.5
C. Culberson PR-1B01000000.143.280.190.4701.0
N. Markakis RF41200000.279.372.412.7843.0
K. Suzuki C41110002.270.378.459.8373.0
P. Tucker LF21000110.271.321.500.8211.5
P. Bourjos LF10000001.136.208.182.3900.0
D. Swanson SS32211110.358.394.582.9768.5
R. Flaherty 3B41241010.365.450.500.9509.5
B. McCarthy P20000020.125.125.250.375-1.0
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Camargo PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- L. Adams PH10000012.235.381.412.793-0.5
A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total33711622107-----
  • a-struck out for Carle in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Winkler in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Altherr
  • RBI - A. Altherr (9), V. Velasquez
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Velasquez
BATTING
  • HR - D. Swanson (2), R. Flaherty
  • RBI - K. Suzuki (5), D. Swanson (11), R. Flaherty 4 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Flaherty
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - O. Albies
FIELDING
  • E - O. Albies (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez (L, 1-2)6.07331713.801.368.5
E. Ramos1.11110211.040.922.0
H. Milner0.23331107.711.93-6.5
Total8.011772102---
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez (L, 1-2)6.0
E. Ramos1.1
H. Milner0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. McCarthy (W, 3-0)5.15112602.911.2917.0
S. Carle (H, 3)1.20101201.380.923.0
D. Winkler (H, 2)1.00000101.930.863.5
A. Minter1.01111100.961.070.5
Total9.06324100---
PITCHERSIP
B. McCarthy (W, 3-0)5.1
S. Carle (H, 3)1.2
D. Winkler (H, 2)1.0
A. Minter1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - H. Milner
  • HBP - H. Milner
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 99-68, E. Ramos 24-16, H. Milner 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 2-7, E. Ramos 2-0, H. Milner 1-0
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 24, E. Ramos 5, H. Milner 7
  • Balks - H. Milner
PITCHING
  • WP - B. McCarthy, A. Minter
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 88-58, S. Carle 29-20, D. Winkler 15-10, A. Minter 25-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 5-3, S. Carle 3-0, D. Winkler 1-1, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 21, S. Carle 6, D. Winkler 3, A. Minter 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Altherr doubled to deep left, Hoskins scored37
  • 8TH INNING
    Flaherty singled to shallow left, Suzuki scored, Swanson to third27
    Markakis scored, Suzuki to second on balk26
    Suzuki singled to shallow left, Culberson scored, Markakis to third25
  • 7TH INNING
    Swanson homered to left24
    Santana grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Franco scored, Knapp out at second23
  • 5TH INNING
    Flaherty homered to right, Tucker and Swanson scored13
    Velasquez singled to shallow center, Knapp scored, Velasquez to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • Aaron Altherr hit for Nick Williams
    • A. Altherr: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Altherr doubled to deep left, Hoskins scored
    • Ma. Franco: Ball, Franco grounded out to third
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Dan Winkler pitching
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Herrera flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Ramos Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • Hoby Milner relieved Edubray Ramos
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman hit by pitch
    • Charlie Culberson ran for Freddie Freeman
    • N. Markakis: Markakis singled to shallow left center, Culberson to third
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki singled to shallow left, Culberson scored, Markakis to third
    • P. Bourjos: Foul, Markakis scored, Suzuki to second on balk, Ball, Bourjos grounded out to first, Suzuki to third
    • D. Swanson: Swanson intentionally walked
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Flaherty singled to shallow left, Suzuki scored, Swanson to third
    • Lane Adams hit for Dan Winkler
    • L. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Peter Bourjos in left
    • Ma. Franco: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Franco walked
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Knapp safe at first on 2nd baseman Albies fielding error, Franco to third
    • Carlos Santana hit for Vince Velasquez
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Franco scored, Knapp out at second
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Edubray Ramos pitching
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Swanson homered to left
    • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to second
    • Johan Camargo hit for Shane Carle
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery walked
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Herrera reached on an infield single to second, Kingery to third
    • Shane Carle relieved Brandon McCarthy
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • N. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Williams grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Markakis fouled out to second
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Suzuki flied out to left
    • P. Tucker: Tucker grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • N. Williams: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Williams walked
    • Ma. Franco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Franco grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Williams out at second
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Ball, Knapp singled to shallow left
    • V. Velasquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Knapp to second on wild pitch, Foul, Velasquez singled to shallow center, Knapp scored, Velasquez to second
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tucker walked
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Swanson singled to shallow left, Tucker to second
    • R. Flaherty: Flaherty homered to right, Tucker and Swanson scored
    • B. McCarthy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, McCarthy struck out looking
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Inciarte singled to shallow center
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Albies singled to shallow right, Inciarte to third
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Albies picked off at first, pitcher to first, Pickoff attempt, Freeman lined out to second
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Kingery lined out to center
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Herrera grounded out to third
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte popped out to third
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman singled to shallow left
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Markakis singled to shallow right, Freeman to third
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki flied out to deep left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Knapp singled to shallow center
    • V. Velasquez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Velasquez struck out bunting foul
    • J. Crawford: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Hernandez grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
    • B. McCarthy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, McCarthy struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hoskins singled to left center
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
    • Ma. Franco: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Franco grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Hoskins out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki popped out to shortstop
    • P. Tucker: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery flied out to center
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Herrera grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte singled to shallow center
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Albies lined into double play first, Inciarte out at first
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Freeman struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)