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Thanks to an absurd schedule maker the Phillies and Braves will face each other for the second time in four weeks ahead of another series next weekend. Regardless, Philadelphia has a great opportunity to add to their six-game winning streak, the best in the National League.

Philadelphia sits one game ahead of Atlanta in the National League East standings despite dropping two of three in the season opener. A pair of aces will face off in Atlanta to kick-off a three-game series.

Here are the starting lineups for Monday’s game and how to watch and listen to the game.

Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera stood on second base, frustrated and maybe a little bit embarrassed.

He slapped himself on the side of his helmet. He shouted.Herrera showed why he can be both exciting and frustrating to watch in a span of just four innings in Monday night’s 2-1 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park, ending the Phillies’ chance for their first seven-game winning streak since 2012. Herrera ripped a solo home run to center field in the first inning to hand the Phils the lead, but got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the third, then gave Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies an extra step or two to score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth when he didn’t call for a fly ball in shallow right-center field.”That’s how baseball is sometimes, you know?” Herrera said through the team’s interpreter. “All I can do now is learn from it and hopefully it won’t happen again.”

Herrera did not start in Atlanta on Opening Day against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran, who dominated the Phillies on Monday. Teheran got 18 swings and misses and 23 called strikes as he struck out nine batters in six innings.

But Herrera hit Teheran hard twice. His home run left his bat at 106.2 mph and traveled a projected 423 feet, according to Statcast™. Herrera then hit a ball to right field with a runner on first and one out in the third. He tried to stretch the hit into a double, but never bothered to slide. Braves right fielder Nick Markakis threw a strike to shortstop Dansby Swanson, who applied the tag.Instead of runners on second and third with one out, the Phillies had a runner on third with two outs.

“It’s two things,” Herrera said. “No. 1, I misjudged the play. I really thought I could make it without sliding. No. 2, I looked at [Swanson] and it didn’t look like the ball was going to get to him. I really thought I was going to be safe without having to slide.”

Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola had runners at the corners with one out in the fourth when Kurt Suzuki lofted a fly ball to shallow right-center field. Herrera and right fielder Aaron Altherr converged on the play, but nobody called for the baseball. Altherr, sensing trouble, lunged at the ball at the last second. He threw to the plate, but Albies scored to hand the Braves a 2-1 lead.

“I should have called for the ball and I should have made that play,” Herrera said. “I think I could have caught it and got him out at home plate.”

The Braves seemed to agree.

“When I could tell the outfielders were confused, I said, ‘I’m going,'” Albies said.

“[Altherr] didn’t really get behind it good because he took it at the last minute it looked like,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “If he had got set up and gotten behind it, that would have been a really close play.”

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he spoke with Herrera about both mistakes after the game. Kapler said Herrera will slide next time. He said Herrera will throw out the runner at the plate next time, too.

“I continue to feel that this is a very good baseball player,” Kapler said. “An excellent teammate. A guy who prepares his butt off and a guy who we have an incredible amount of confidence in. He makes us a lot better every time he’s out on the field.””In that particular case, we thought that Florimon gave us a really good chance to get on base,” Kapler said. “It was a tough matchup in general for J.P. He’s going to get a lot of opportunities. He’s going to get a lot of opportunities to face left-handed pitching. It was just the spot in the game where we felt like we wanted to put our best option to get on base against the opposition’s pitcher. It was the right decision for us in the moment.”

 

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