The Phillies defeated the Braves Sunday afternoon in a blow out, 14-1. Lowe had a poor effort for the Braves, struggling all afternoon. He threw 107 pitches in only 6 innings, giving up 4 runs and 10 hits with 1 K.
Cory Gearrin came on in the 7th. He gave up 6 runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, a wild pitch, and a stolen base, while recording 1 out. Scott (yuck) Proctor got the final 2 outs but not before allowing a 2 run double (runs charged to Gearrin). Then in the 8th, Proctor allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (including a 3 run homer to Ibanez) and a wild pitch.
The Braves picked up their lone run in the 2nd, which gave them a short-lived 1-0 lead. Dan Uggla led off with a double to left. One out later, Julio Lugo drove him in with a grounder to deep short. The Braves had 4 hits today, along with 7 strikeouts.
Positives: McClouth made a nice diving catch in left. Schafer and Heyward each made nice running catches in the outfield.
Negatives: Everything else. I hope that after the All-Star break, the Braves will recall pitcher Cristhian Martinez and cut Scott Proctor loose. Unless you can foresee a moment where your goal is to give up a home run to the opposition, then Proctor is your man!
Standings: The Braves head into the All-Star break 3 1/2 games behind the Phillies with a 54-38 record.
Chipper Update: The Braves said today that the report that Chipper had a cracked kneecap was false.
All-Star update: Still awaiting word on whether Tommy Hanson is going to make the team. Hamels and Cain both start today and as a result are not eligible to pitch in the All-Star game. Kevin Correia of Pittsburgh has been given the Hamels spot, leaving only 1 more opening. I have to believe Tommy will be named to the team tonight.
Of course I thought Aramis Ramirez would fill the spot vacated by Chipper at third. But no, this was a player vote spot and they went to the next player on their list, which was Scott Rolen. Hmmm, maybe they should have re-voted or at least checked the latest stats. I don’t think players should complain about the way fans vote when they can’t do any better than that.
Finally, I was glad to see that one of my favorites, Andrew McCutchen, was named to the team in place of injured Ryan Braun. I was at a game in Atlanta when McCutchen came to bat and the Braves’ sound system blasted Aerosmith’s “Dude Look Like a Lady”–McCutchen calmly stepped up and smacked a home run. He who laughs last, laughs loudest. Which I hope will be true for Braves fans after watching today’s game with the Phillies and hearing Phillie fans doing a mocking chant and chop.
Schedule: All-Star game Tuesday night. Good luck to Brian McCann, Jair Jurrjens, Jonny Venters,(and hopefully Tommy Hanson) and the NL!