The Phils outlast the Braves in their second straight pitchers’ duel, as the pitching staff blank Atlanta, 1-0.
The Phils and the Braves would be unable to score for the first seven innings, as both starters would pitch well, with Phils’ starter A.J. Burnett staying out of trouble, as he gave up just three hits, all singles, and two walks, while Braves’ starter Alex Wood, who gave up six hits, would be helped by three doubleplays. The Braves tried to start a rally against Phils’ reliever Antonio Bastardo in the top of the eighth as Gerald Laird led off the inning with a double. But Bastardo would get out of the inning by first getting Wood to strike out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, then getting Jason Heywood to lined out to right for the inning’s second out, and then ending the inning by getting B.J. Upton to pop up to short for the final out. The Phils then started their own rally in their half of the eighth as Dom Brown led the inning off with a single, before moving up to second base on Wil Nieves’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, for the inning’s first out. Two batters later, after Jayson Nix strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and pinch-hitter Ryan Howard walks, to put runners on second and first, with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending pinch-runner Cody Asche, who was pinch-running for Howard, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and record his fourth save of the year, as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Chris Johnson to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.
A.J. Burnett received a no-decision as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 4.32) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Alex Wood (2-2, 1.67) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, all singles, with Ben Revere (RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley with two. Marlon Byrd, Dom Brown and A.J. Burnett had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (pinch-hitter Ryan Howard) and a sacrifice bunt (Wil Nieves) in the game, while they had a runner picked off/caught stealing (Revere), as the defense performed a doubleplay.
The Phils (7-8, 4th East) will go on the road to start a three-games series with the Rockies (7-9, 4th West) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Coors Field, and is to start at 8:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 1.80), who is coming off a good start against the Marlins on April 12, as he threw five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 extra-innings walk-off win. He will be trying for his first win of 2014. The Rockies will send to the mound Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 6.00), as he is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on April 13, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while he struck out five, in the Rockies’ 5-4 extra-innings’ lost. The Phils will be trying to start off their road trip on a good note.