Hi there! I’m feeling a little stronger, so I felt up to a drop-in to do a recap. I’m not back full-time yet, but I’m hoping to work my way in. I’m at home, and largely confined to bed rest, but my brain is more or less recovered, at least.
The Braves finished off their sweep of the Phillies with a game that was close for most of the way, but which became comfortable with a contribution from the Phillies’ bullpen. They took an early lead, getting two runs in the first off of Roy Halladay. With two out, Jason Heyward hit a laser that just cleared the right field fence, though it was hit so hard it might have gone through had it collided. Chipper Jones singled, Freddie Freeman walked, and Chipper scored on an Uggla double. David Ross reached on a strikeout, but Freeman didn’t advance, and Paul Janish fouled out, leaving two men on.
In the third, Chipper made it 3-0 with a solo homer. But Shane “Burn-In-Hell” Victorino homered leading off the fourth to cut it to 3-1, and in the sixth the roof, if it didn’t cave in, was definitely starting to leak. Burn-In-Hell singled leading off, and with two out stole second. He scored on a Carlos Ruiz single, then Fredi relieved Hudson (at 94 pitches) for the Struggling Jonny Venters. Venters allowed a single and gave way to the Surprisingly Effective Chad Durbin. Ross had a passed ball allowing the runners to move to second and third, but the batter grounded out, and the Braves’ lead was preserved at 3-2. The Phillies didn’t really threaten again.
In the seventh, Tyler Pastornicky, of all people, got a rally started to more or less put the game away. He singled, and went to second on a bunt (argh) by Michael Bourn. Martin Prado singled to center, but not in a position to score Pastornicky. He did score on a Heyward grounder to the pitcher that was scored an error, making it 4-2. The runners advanced on a Chipper groundout, and Freeman got the insurance runs with a flare to left field. The Braves loaded the bases on walks, but Janish fouled out again to end the threat.