The very strange game finally end up being a Phils win as they hang on to defeat the Braves, 5-4.
The Phils took a quick lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Placido Polanco’s single, and Polanco, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Braves got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chipper Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, then was safe at second when Cole Hamels committed a throwing error on Nate McLouth’s sacrifice bunt, trying to throw him out at second, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while McLouth, who was safe at first on Hamels’ error on his sacrifice bunt, would stop at second base. The Braves then tied it up at three-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Cristhian Martinez, who was pitching in relief of starter Brandon Beachy, who had injured his left side before the start of the third inning, hits a two-run double, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier singled, then would stop at third on Jon Mather’s double, and Mather, who had just doubled. The Braves then took the lead in the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Gonzalez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Mather’s ground-rule double, scored on Hamels’ wild pitch, making it a 4-3 Braves’ lead, while Mather, who had just hit a ground-rule double, would stop at third base. The Phils then tied the game up at four-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Victorino, who was still batting as an 0-2 pitch was not called a third strike by the home plate umpire, hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had just doubled. The Phils regain the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, before going up to second base on the throw. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would record his sixth save in six tries by striking out Dan Uggla to end the game.
Cole Hamels got a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks. Michael Stutes pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Antonio Bastardo (2-0, 1.35) would pick up the win as he also pitched a third of an inning, striking out the one man that he would face. Vance Worley collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson collected his sixth save of the season, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. The Phils’ pitchers were able to pitch themselves out of several jams, especially a two on, one out jam in the fifth, and a bases loaded, one out, jam in the seventh. Brandon Beachy also got a no-decision, as he was taken out of the game in the third because of an injury to his left side, pitching only two inning, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out one. Cristhian Martinez pitched four 1-2-3 innings, striking out four. Cory Gearrin recorded his second hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Eric O’Flaherty blew his first save of the year, before taking the lost (1-2, 1.29) as he pitched one and one-third innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two. Scott Linebrick pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles), Ryan Howard (Double. Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double) and Ben Francisco (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits.
The Phils (25-12, 1st) will continue their weekend series with the Braves (21-19, 3rd) with an afternoon game, that will be televised nationally on Fox. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 1:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-1, 5.83), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on May 9, as he went five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. He will be trying for his second win of the season. The Braves will counter with Jair Jurrjens (4-0, 1.50), who is coming off a win against the Phils on May 8, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up a run on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out two, in the Braves’ 5-1 win. He will be trying to even the series for the Braves. The Phils will be going for their fourth win on the road trip, and their third win in a row.