HAMELS-LESS PHILLIES SEND HARANG OUT TO FACE BRAVES TONIGHT

By Harry Allison

For the first time in almost a decade, Phillies fans will come to Citizens Bank Park tonight and not see the No. 35 on the uniform of Cole Hamels, who was traded last night to Texas.

Aaron Harang (4-11, 4.08) is making his first start since July 1 after being sidelined by plantar fasciitis. His season went downhill prior to the injury – he dropped his last eight starts and owns an 8.31 ERA over the last six with opponents hitting .331 in that span. He surrendered a career high-matching 14 hits and a season-high eight runs over five-plus innings in a 9-5 loss to Milwaukee on July 1.

Jose Contreras was the last pitcher to lose nine consecutive starts in the same season, doing so in 2007 with the Chicago White Sox. Harang will look to draw upon recent success against Atlanta, as he’s 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last five meetings, and gave up one run over 14 innings in two this year with his second-to-last win.

Atlanta owns a 5-4 edge in the season series and has won 14 of the last 22 meetings.

Freddie Freeman is 9 for 23 with six RBIs while playing six times against the Phils this year but is 2 for 17 with five strikeouts off Harang. He’s also just 2 for 18 since being activated from the disabled list.

Freddy Galvis is 18 for his last 42 (.429) against the Braves.

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