ATLANTA — No one is going to hate to see the Atlanta Braves leave Turner Field more than Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard.
The 36-year-old veteran, who will play his final two games at the facility this week, continues to put up all-star numbers at the park as he plays out the string.
Howard likely will be in the lineup again Wednesday for the second game of the three-game set that will conclude the Phillies' history at Turner Field. He will leave as the most productive visiting player at the ballpark.
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In 88 career games at Turner Field, Howard is hitting .270 (87-for-322) with 23 homers and 81 RBIs. In 182 career games against the Braves, Howard has a .281 average (185-for-658) with 52 homers and 154 RBIs.
Howard hit his 15th career grand slam — extending his club record — and second of the season on Tuesday against Atlanta ace Julio Teheran. The homer was the 24th of the season for Howard and the 389th of his career, the latter tying the slugger with Albert Belle for 69th on the all-time list.
“Howie with those two hits (Tuesday), that grand slam,” manager Pete Mackanin said. “But we've got to keep adding on.”
Despite building a 6-0 lead, the Phillies let the Braves rally for a 7-6 win.
Atlanta will send Mike Foltynewicz to the mound on Wednesday to try to slow Howard. Philadelphia will counter with left-hander Adam Morgan.
Foltynewicz (8-5, 4.41 ERA) will make his 22nd and final start of the season. The hard-throwing righty has established his presence as the team's No. 2 starter with a solid season. He has made one start against the Phillies this season, taking a loss when he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings. He is 1-1 with a 7.62 ERA in three career appearances, two starts, against Philadelphia.
Foltynewicz is coming off a shaky outing against the Miami Marlins. He was staked to a seven-run lead but allowed five runs and was lifted one out into the fourth inning after getting struck by a line drive. He missed one start due to the injury.
“He was throwing too good and his stuff was too good to let that happen,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of Foltynewicz struggling with the big lead. “That's a mental-type thing and focus. That's all part of it, too, is how to channel that type of thing. The only way you learn it is to experience it, then you know you're better prepared for it when it happens.”
Morgan (2-10, 5.57 ERA) will make his 21st and final start of the season. The southpaw hasn't won since Sept. 6. He received no decisions in his past two starts, allowing two runs (one earned) in 4 1/3 innings against the Marlins on Sept. 16 and three runs in five innings at the New York Mets on Thursday. Morgan is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA against the Braves in two starts this season. He is 1-4 with a 3.19 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta.
The Phillies would like to get a long stint from Morgan to take some stress off the bullpen, which has a 10.13 ERA since Sept. 15.
“The bullpen just hasn't been doing the job,” Mackanin said. “At some point, somebody has to do a job. Somebody has to step up. In two games, every reliever I've brought in has given up a run. That's unheard of.”