Philadelphia Phillies (42-54) at Atlanta Braves (53-43), 7:10 p.m. (ET)
07/18/2014 10:42 AM
07/19/2014 10:29 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - With the non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, Cole Hamels could certainly help a team that is fighting for a playoff spot, but the Phillies are reportedly not interested in trading their homegrown talented left-hander.
Hamels, who takes the mound tonight against Atlanta in the middle test of a three-game series, is owed $90 million over the next four years (2015-18) and the Phillies hold an option on his deal at $20 million for 2019.
Hamels was reportedly the subject of rumors involving the Red Sox, but a Boston radio station said there weren't any discussions between the teams regarding the starter.
The 30-year-old is coming off a no-decision against Washington a week ago when he allowed four hits and three runs in seven innings. Hamels pitched once against the Braves this season, June 16 at Turner Field when he threw seven shutout innings in a no-decision, a game the Phillies won, 6-1, in 13 innings.
In 32 games (31 starts) against Atlanta, Hamels is 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA.
Aaron Harang tries to win his fifth straight start for the Braves. The righty threw seven solid frames against the Mets July 10 at Citi Field. He's 5-3 with a 5.23 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) versus the Phillies.
Atlanta has won five straight against the last-place Phillies, who are 11 games behind Atlanta for first place in the NL East. The Braves hold a one- game edge on second-place Washington.
Last night, Jason Heyward hit a solo homer and drove in two runs as the Braves held on for a 6-4 win. Andrelton Simmons also had two RBI, while B.J. Upton scored once and drove in one for the Braves, who went into the All-Star break having won three of four.
"It's a great win and a great way to start the second half and a great way to start a homestand," said Atlanta catcher Christian Bethancourt. "It was a good game. We came back and tried to do the best we can. I think things went well for us, and we got the win tonight."
Ervin Santana (8-6) pitched six innings and gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits with three walks and a strikeout. He also went 1-for-2 with a run scored at the plate.
Ryan Howard drove in two runs with Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp supplying an RBI each for the Phillies, who have dropped their past three games.
A.J. Burnett (6-9) was tagged for six runs on 10 hits in five innings to take the loss.
"I thought A.J. was having a hard time getting the third out," said Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg. "Nine of the 10 hits he gave up were with two outs. They clumped them together and put up a couple of strong innings. The bullpen was good for us tonight, though."
The Braves are 7-4 against the Phillies this season.
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