Roy Halladay wins his tenth start of the season as he pitches his league leading seventh complete game, as the Phils defeat the Braves, 3-1, cutting the Braves’ lead over them to four games.
The Braves took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chipper Jones hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year, to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Halladay and Braves’ starter Dereke Lowe, as Lowe, through five innings, would just give up four hits and one walk, getting himself out of a two on, two outs, jam in the second and a bases loaded, two outs, jam in the fourth by striking out Halladay both times, while Halladay would give up just three more hits after the Jones’ home run, through six, as he strikes out four. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on base, and with one man out, Greg Dobbs hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, as he knocks in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two outs, Juan Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, who was earlier safe on a force out, 1-6, forcing out at second base Ryan Howard, who had just singled, as he beat out the throw to first, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and then went to second base on Howard’s single, and then went to second as Ibanez got caught stealing on a failed suicide bunt attempt by Castro, and then caught in a rundown before finally being tagged out, 2-5, to give the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Halladay pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Brian McCann to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.
Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up just a run on five hits and a walk, while he strikes out seven. His record is now 10-7 with an ERA of 2.33. Derek Lowe took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he strikes out six. His record is now 9-7 with a 4.40 ERA. Jonny Venters pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Greg Dobbs all getting two hits each, with Ibanez, Howard and Werth’s hits being all singles, while Dobbs’ hits were a single and a two-run home run, knocking in two runs. Juan Castro had the only other Phil hit, an RBI single. Other than the two-run home run by Dobbs, the Phils had not enough offense to speak of against Lowe, and almost messed up a scoring opportunity in the eighth with a blown suicide squeeze attempt by Juan Castro, which hung Ibanez out to dry between third and home.
The Phils (43-38, 3rd) continues their three-game series with the Braves (48-35, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (6-7, 4.07), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 1, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up twelve runs, eleven of which were earned, on seventeen hits and seven walks, while he struck out eighteen batters. He will be trying to end his personal two games losing streak, while trying to even up his record. The Braves will counter with Jair Jurrjens (1-3, 5.59), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on June 30, as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched twelve and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on twelve hits and six walks, while striking out nine. He will be trying for his second win of the season, while trying to even the series. The Phils will be trying to win the series tonight, while Hamels hope that the offense will give him a lot more runs support than he has received in his last three starts.