Buchanan has a rough homecoming in Phillies' loss

Posted: September 05, 2014

ATLANTA - David Buchanan was born in Atlanta and went to high school in Fayette County, 21 miles from Turner Field.

Buchanan's first pro game in his home state was not one of the better games of his young career.

Buchanan served up a two-out, two-run homer to Braves centerfielder B.J. Upton on an 0-2 pitch in the second inning of the Phillies' 7-4 loss yesterday afternoon.

The start, Buchanan's 16th of the season, was the shortest of his career. The rookie righthander was pulled after four innings, having allowed three runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out two.

"It's always good to pitch in front of family and friends," Buchanan said. "Unfortunately, I didn't have a good one today. I fell behind hitters, I didn't throw strikes."

Buchanan, 25, who has replaced an injured Cliff Lee in the rotation twice this season, is 6-7 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 starts. He has struck out 58 and walked 26 batters in 93 1/3 innings this season.

Yesterday afternoon marked only the third time this season - and the first since June 8 - that Buchanan had allowed more than three runs in a start. But only one of the runs Buchanan allowed was earned. Atlanta's three-run second inning began when Chase Utley was charged with an error on a routine ground ball to his glove side.

Buchanan could not rebound from the error, and began his fourth and final inning by allowing each of the first two runners to reach base. Atlanta took a 4-3 lead in that inning.

"He pitched with men on base throughout the outing," manager Ryen Sandberg said. "Overall, he's pitched fairly deep for us and has had quality starts. This was the first one where everything wasn't there for him."

Hollands hurting

Mario Hollands was removed from the game in the fifth inning with a sore left elbow.

Hollands took over for Buchanan to begin the inning. He allowed a leadoff double to Freddie Freeman, then retired two batters before walking Chris Johnson.

Following the walk, Sandberg, pitching coach Bob McClure and head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan trotted out toward the mound. Shortly thereafter, Sheridan escorted Hollands off the field.

Hollands will be examined in Philadelphia today.

"He just had [his] forearm tighten up on him," Sandberg said. "He was out there trying to stretch it. We'll see how serious that is. He's had a long year pitching; he's pitching all year long. We have to see if all that has caught up to him."

Hollands, 26, is 2-1 with a 4.40 ERA in 50 games of his first big-league season. He is one of four relievers who have remained in the bullpen all season, with closer Jonathan Papelbon and fellow lefthanders Jake Diekman and Antonio Bastardo.

"I thought I was feeling good for being such a long season," Hollands said. "It's more of a surprise, because I thought the ball was coming out pretty good today. And I never really had any arm problems. Ever. So it's more of a shock."

Revere in hitting race

Ben Revere was atop the National League hitting leaders at the conclusion of the game, when he rattled off three hits in five at-bats. Revere (.314) moved ahead of Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison.

No Phillies player has won the batting title since Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn in 1958.

Revere's three-hit game was his fourth straight multi-hit game. He has hit safely in 29 of his last 36 games.

In the 60 games he's played since June 26, Revere is batting .359 (90-for-251).

Phillers

Grady Sizemore hit a game-tying, two-run home run in the third inning. The home run was the third since Sizemore joined the Phillies 2 months ago. He's hitting .304 with a .360 OBP and an .840 OPS in 44 games with the Phillies. Sizemore, who has started only five games since Aug. 17, also made an impressive diving catch in rightfield in the eighth inning . . . The National Baseball Hall of Fame has requested three items from the Phillies combined no-hitter on Monday: Cole Hamels' hat, a game ball, and the lineup card signed by Hall of Famer and manager Ryne Sandberg. The Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, will dig up the pitching rubber and give it to the Phillies following the season . . . Jerome Williams (3-0, 2.03 ERA) will pitch opposite Stephen Strasburg (11-10, 3.49) when the Phillies begin a three-game series in Washington tomorrow. Williams has not allowed more than two earned runs in his first four starts with the Phillies. A.J. Burnett (7-15, 4.40) is on tap to pitch opposite fellow righthander Tanner Roark (12-9, 2.91) on Saturday afternoon, while lefthanders Cole Hamels (8-6, 2.50) and Gio Gonzalez (7-9, 3.89) are scheduled to start Sunday . . . The Phillies are off today.


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