In case you missed it because of Flyers playoff hockey or the start of the three-day NFL draft-a-polooza, the Phillies notched an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves behind an opportunistic offense and the arm of Jamie Moyer.
The Phillies got to Braves’ pitcher Derek Lowe early by playing small ball. They scored two runs in the first inning off of an RBI single from Ryan Howard and a sacrifice fly from Jayson Werth, then plated three more runs in the third, two of which came from a throwing error by Braves’ second baseman Martin Prado.
Moyer allowed two unearned runs on four hits in six innings of work. He walked two and struck out four, including rookie phenom Jason Heyward in the bottom of the sixth with an 80 MPH cutter.
Winning this series was huge for the Phillies. Besides maintaining a 1.5 game lead over the Marlins in the NL East, they were able to come back from Tuesday’s demoralizing loss and take the next two games from a resurgent Braves team. Last night’s victory is especially encouraging as they won convincingly with their fifth starter and without gold glove infielders and offensive juggernauts Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco. Replacements Greg Dobbs and Juan Castro each scored two runs and went two for three and three for five respectively.
The Fightins travel to Arizona today to continue their nine-game road trip. Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.86 ERA) takes the mound against Anna Benson’s husband (0-1, 3.00 ERA) for the 9:40 pm EDT start.
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