A lot of the spirit seems to have gone out of the Phillies since the trades. (On the other hand, without Shane Victorino they’re 22 percent less evil.) Or maybe they’re just not very good.
On the surface, Ben Sheets had another superb outing, allowing just one run, a fourth-inning solo homer by John Mayberry Jr., in seven and a third innings. Of concern, however, is that he didn’t strike anyone out — the Braves had no strikeouts of Phillie hitters — and that’s not a sustainable achievement. Eric O’Flaherty and Cristhian Martinez finished up.
The Braves took the lead in the third, Freddie Freeman doubling in Michael Bourn and Martin Prado and advancing on the throw, allowing him to make it 3-0 on a wild pitch. Paul Janish hit a long double over the fielder’s head in the fourth and scored on a Michael Bourn single to make it 4-0.