Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler

Height/Weight: 6' 4"/195 lbs
Bat: L
Throw: R
Born: Smyrna, Georgia
College: None
Draft: 2009 1st round (6th pick) by the
  • Freeman, Swanson, Ynoa power Braves past Phillies 6-1
    The Canadian Press

    Freeman, Swanson, Ynoa power Braves past Phillies 6-1

    ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson homered, Huascar Ynoa won his fourth straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 on Sunday night. Freeman, the reigning NL MVP who began the game 1 for 24 in May, hit his ninth homer, a solo shot, to make it 5-1 in the third as the Braves won their second straight game and fifth in the last six. Freeman finished 3 for 3 and reached base four times, raising his batting average 20 points to .217. Aaron Nola (3-2) took the loss after allowing four runs, five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in four innings. Ynoa (4-1) gave up one run, four hits and one walk with six strikeouts in six innings. He pitched out of a jam in the third after Andrew McCutchen walked and Jean Segura singled, striking out Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto and retiring Alec Bohm on a dribbler in front of the plate. Ynoa otherwise faced no major threats. In his last four starts, the 22-year-old right-hander has a 1.11 ERA. In four starts at Truist Park this season, he has a 1.54 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings. “I’ve been very impressed with his adaptability, how he takes things and adjusts and applies them,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s a bright kid. He grabs things and he understands and the adjustments he’s made since we started in July last year is really cool to see. He’s such a good kid and he works hard and he studies. It’s good, because the guy’s got skills.” Atlanta carried over momentum from winning in dramatic fashion Saturday night when it erased a two-run deficit in the ninth, a one-run deficit in the 11th and rallied to overcome Philadelphia’s three-run lead to win 8-7 in 12 innings. “Yesterday’s game was huge for us,” Freeman said. “To erase three deficits and to ultimately win that game, that was a huge momentum boost going into today. Getting 100% of the fans back and giving them something to cheer about, that was a good weekend for us." The three-time defending NL East champion Braves improved to 17-17. Philadelphia dropped to 18-17. The Phillies led 1-0 in the first when McCutchen, on the first pitch of the game, hit his fifth homer. Atlanta went ahead 4-1 in the bottom of the first. Ronald Acuña Jr., back in the lineup after getting hit in the left pinkie and leaving Saturday’s game in the seventh, walked, stole second and scored on Freeman’s single. Freeman scored on Ozzie Albies’ triple before Swanson added his fourth homer. Austin Riley's RBI double made it 6-1 in the eighth. Nola’s ERA in nine career starts at Truist Park rose to 59 points to 4.56. Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi thought his ace lacked command. “I know he'll be frustrated, but that's baseball, too,” Girardi said. “Pitchers aren't going to be perfect. That's the bottom line. Tonight he didn't have his good stuff. He's worked really hard and maybe that had something to do with it, but I'm glad he gets an extra day (of rest) and again, I think it's really going to benefit our starters.” TRAINER’S ROOM Atlanta RHP Chris Martin, who has missed the last 29 games with right shoulder inflammation, could return early in the week. Martin met Sunday with pitching coach Rick Kranitz to make sure his mechanics are in order. BACK IN THE BULLPEN RHP Shane Greene signed a $1.5 million, one-year contract to rejoin the Braves. The deal includes a prorated salary. Greene missed the first 38 days of the season, so he will receive about $1.19 million. Greene was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and will need some time to get ready before he returns to the majors. The right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings for the Atlanta bullpen last season. LUCKY TURN Atlanta reliever Tyler Matzek backpedaled off the mound and didn’t look at the ball as he caught it behind his head and turned to begin a double play with Swanson at shortstop in the seventh. UP NEXT The Phillies are off Monday. RHP Chase Anderson (1-3, 5.54) faces Erick Fedde (2-3, 5.27) when Philadelphia begins a three-game series at Washington on Tuesday. Atlanta is off Monday. The Braves and Toronto Blue Jays have yet to announce a starter for Tuesday when they begin a three-game series at Truist Park. ___ More AP baseball: and George Henry, The Associated Press


    Phillies vs. Braves Highlights

    Freeman, Swanson back Ynoa's smooth start in 6-1 win

  • The Canadian Press

    Ynoa expected to start as Atlanta hosts Philadelphia

    Philadelphia Phillies (18-16, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (16-17, third in the NL East) Atlanta; Sunday, 7:08 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Aaron Nola (3-1, 2.89 ERA, .96 WHIP, 49 strikeouts) Braves: Huascar Ynoa (3-1, 2.36 ERA, .90 WHIP, 38 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Braves -102, Phillies -114; over/under is 8 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Philadelphia Phillies travel to take on the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. The Braves are 9-9 against opponents from the NL East. Atlanta has slugged .412, good for third in the National League. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the club with a .652 slugging percentage, including 18 extra-base hits and 10 home runs. The Phillies are 8-9 against opponents from the NL East. Philadelphia has hit 38 home runs as a team this season. Rhys Hoskins leads them with eight, averaging one every 16.1 at-bats. The Braves won the last meeting 8-7. Jacob Webb notched his first victory and Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-1 with a home run and two RBIs for Atlanta. Enyel De Los Santos took his first loss for Philadelphia. TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Riley ranks second on the Braves with 29 hits and has seven RBIs. Hoskins leads the Phillies with 30 hits and is batting .233. LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 5-5, .241 batting average, 5.20 ERA, outscored by 11 runs Phillies: 6-4, .231 batting average, 3.61 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs INJURIES: Braves: Touki Toussaint: (right shoulder), Mike Soroka: (achilles), Chris Martin: (fingers), Ender Inciarte: (hamstring), Guillermo Heredia: (right hamstring), Ronald Acuna Jr.: (finger), Alex Jackson: (left hamstring), Travis d'Arnaud: (left thumb). Phillies: JoJo Romero: (left elbow), Seranthony Dominguez: (elbow), Archie Bradley: (left oblique), Roman Quinn: (finger), Matt Joyce: (calf), Ronald Torreyes: (undisclosed). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press