Tagged: A.J. Pierzynski

And the Phils give another reason why it looks to be a long season as they get goose egged by the Braves, 9-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take another lost on the road as they get beaten by the Braves, 9-0.

The Braves took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run home run to right, his fifth home run of season, knocking in Andrelton Simmons, who had just singled. The Braves would add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Freeman, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on A.J. Pierzynski’s single, would score on third baseman Cody Asche’s fielding error on Jonny Gomes’ grounder, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead, while Pierzynski, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base, as Gomes would be safe at first on the error. The Braves then made it a 6-0 lead as Kelly Johnson busted the game wide open with a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Pierzynski and Gomes. The Braves added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded via a lead-off walk by Simmons, a walk by Freeman, moving Simmons up to second base, before both runners would move up a base on Pierzynski’s deep fly out to right field, 9-unassisted, and then a walk to Gomes, and with one man out, Simmons would walk home on a Kelly Johnson walk, making it a 7-0 Braves’ lead, while Freeman and Gomes would both move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Braves then made it an 8-0 lead as Jace Peterson hits an RBI single, knocking in Freeman, while moving both Gomes and Johnson up a base, as the bases remained loaded. The Braves then took a 9-0 lead as, after the Phils have made a pitching change, replacing Dustin McGowen with Justin de Fratus, Cameron Maybin hits an RBI single, scoring Gomes, while sending Johnson on to third base and Peterson up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. That would end up being the final score as Shelly Miller finished his complete game shutout by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out Ryan Howard, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Chad Billingsly (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs, only five of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Elvis Araujo threw a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, as he struck out two. Dustin McGowen pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and four walks. Justin De Fratus pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Shelly Miller (4-1, 1.66) got the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out eight.

The Phils’ offense collected only three hits in the game, a lead-off single in the third by Cesar Hernandez, a lead-off double in the fifth by Ryan Howard and a two-out single in the eighth by Grady Sizemore, as well as a two-out walk by Hernandez in the fifth. The Phils had one other base runner as Freddy Galvis reached base in the sixth on a fielding error by third baseman Kelly Johnson. The Phils defense committed an error (Cody Asche) in the game, while performing three doubleplays.

The Phils (10-18, 5th) will conclude their series with the Braves (13-14, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jerome Williams (2-1, 4.08), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on May 1, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-3 walk-off lost. He will be going for his third win of the year and his second against the Braves. The Braves will counter with Mike Foltynewicz (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 1, as he went five innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Braves’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his second win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win.