Another Phils starter is crushed, as the Phils dropped their second straight game to the Braves, 9-2.
The Braves jumped to a quick 2-o lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, Justin Upton hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had just singled. The Braves added to their lead four batters later as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Juan Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddie Freeman, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Dan Uggla’s walk, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead, while sending Uggla, who had just walked, over to third base. The Braves then made it a 4-o lead in the bottom of the fourth as Evan Gattis, making his major league debut, hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of his career, as well as his first career hit. The Braves then increased their lead five batters later as, with the bases loaded, via single by Andrelton Simmons, and walks to Heyward and Upton, and with one man out, Freeman hits a bases clearing double, scoring Simmons, Heyward and Upton, giving the Braves a 7-0 lead. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run double, knocking in pinch-hitter Laynce Nix, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s single, and Revere, who had just singled, making it a 7-2 Braves’ lead. The Braves would get both runs back in the bottom of the eight as, with one man on, and with two men on, Heyward hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Simmons, who had just singled, giving the Braves a 9-2 lead. That would be the final score as Anthony Varvaro threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Roy Halladay (0-1, 13.50) took the lost as he went only three and a third-innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, as he struck out nine. Raul Valdes pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks, as he struck out three. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Mike Adams pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Paul Malholm (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw five and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Cory Gearrin pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Cristhian Martinez pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Luis Avilan pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Anthony Varvaro pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Singles) both leading the ballclub with two hits. Ben Revere (Single), Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs), Michael Young (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense squandered several scoring opportunitites. The Phils also had two walks (Ryan Howard, Mayberry) and a stolen base (Rollins (1)) in the game.
The Phils (0-2, T-4) conclude their three-games series with the Braves (2-0, T-1st) with a nightgame tonight. The game will start at 7:10 pm EDT and will be played at Turner Field. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to end the Phils’ losing streak tonight. The Braves will counter with Kris Medlen (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Braves to a series sweep. The Phils will be trying to end their series with the Braves with a win, before they come back home to Philly for their first home stand of the season.