(SportsNetwork.com) - Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz will make his second career start on Wednesday night looking to pitch the Atlanta Braves to a series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
When the Braves were forced to use hurler Trevor Cahill out of the bullpen last Wednesday, the 23-year-old Foltynewicz was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a spot start on Friday and he was decent in a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Foltynewicz allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and three walks in five innings of work while striking out a pair and hitting a two-out double.
That led to the Braves opting to give the young hurler another start in tonight's finale of this three-game series.
Foltynewicz made 16 relief appearances last season with Houston and allowed two runs on four hits over two innings in an outing against the Phillies.
Taking the mound tonight for the Phillies is Jerome Williams, who failed in his bid to record a third straight winning start last time out.
Williams squared off with the hosting Miami Marlins on Friday and did not factor into his club's 4-3 loss. The righty yielded three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings, matching his shortest outing of the season.
Williams is 2-1 with a 4.08 earned run average on the year and 2-3 lifetime versus the Braves with a 5.09 ERA in nine games (8 starts).
The Phillies will look to give their starter more offensive support than they managed in last night's 9-0 loss that saw Braves starter Shelby Miller log his third career shutout.
Miller struck out eight, scattered three hits and walked one for Atlanta, which had lost five of seven coming in. That included a 5-2 defeat in Monday's opener.
"We had some awkward swings, and not too many good looks at him," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said of Miller.
Miller has not surrendered more than two runs in any of his first six starts since being acquired in the trade that sent outfielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals.
"Obviously, it has started off well but at the same time you have to keep being motivated going forward," Miller said.
Freddie Freeman smacked a two-run homer among his three hits and three runs scored, and Kelly Johnson added a three-run shot in the triumph.
Chad Billingsley's first start in two years was a struggle. He allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits and a walk over five innings for the Phillies, who were seeking their third straight win.
Billingsley made his first start since April 15, 2013 with the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a pair of arm procedures, including Tommy John surgery.
Sandberg opted to rest second baseman Chase Utley last night and the left- hander isn't expected to play on Wednesday either. Utley is getting some rest as he is batting just .103 on the season, the lowest average among all qualified hitters in baseball.
The Phillies took two of three at home versus the Braves from April 24-26 and won six of nine last season in Atlanta.