The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves, 4-0, on May 3 in the final game of a three-game series at Turner Field in Atlanta. The win gave the Phillies a 2-1 win in the series.
The Phillies had a dominating complete game shutout performance of the Braves from Joe Blanton. Blanton needed just 88 pitches to get the win. Blanton struck out six batters and only allowed three hits on the day (all singles). Randall Delgado went eight innings for the Braves and took the loss. Delgado allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out five. Neither team drew a walk during the game.
His unusual outing could be related to his mind being in a different place, as it was reported this morning that Halladay has left the team to tend to a 'personal matter.'
The report states that there is nothing wrong with Halladay's health.
Despite the poor outing on Wednesday night, Halladay still boasts a 3.40 ERA this season. While it's not in the stratosphere that he usually achieves, it's still an early season and he is likely to resume his typical dominance upon his return to the Phillies.
Offense has been an issue for Philadelphia throughout much of the season, but the team knocked in 13 runs last night, including seven off of the bat of catcher Carlos Ruiz. Although the effort proved futile in what turned out to be a 15-13 loss, it's a good sign that the bats may soon be back on track for the Phillies.
Blanton has been strong as a starter this year, pitching at least six innings and allowing no more than three runs in three of his four outings.
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Chipper Jones hit a two-run home run in the 11th inning as the Braves outlasted the Phillies, 15-13, in the second of three games from Turner Field.
After Chad Durbin (1-0) set the Phils down in order in the 11th, Dan Uggla led off the bottom of the inning with a single off of Brian Sanches (0-1) and Jones followed with a shot on a 3-2 pitch over the wall in center.
Brian McCann hit the eighth grand slam of his career, Martin Prado went 3- for-6 with three RBI and a run scored and Tyler Pastornicky went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored for the Braves, who had dropped three of four coming into the game.
Carlos Ruiz hit a three-run home run and drove in a career-high seven runs while Layne Nix added a three-run double for the Phillies, who had won three of four coming in.
Neither starter factored into the decision as Roy Halladay was torched for eight runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings for Philadelphia while Tommy Hanson gave up four runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 frames for Atlanta.
Jonny Venters thew a wild pitch in the top of the eighth, allowing John Mayberry Jr. to score as the Phillies beat the Braves 4-2 at Turner Field. It marked the Phils 8th straight win over the Braves.
The Phils have shown some signs of consistency in the past couple weeks winning of 5 of their 7 games. Hunter Pence seems to be coming out of his early season slump with another RBI tonight.
The damage came in the 8th when Mayberry got on base with a one out double and advanced to 3rd as Jimmy Rollins singled. Venters then struck out Placido Polanco, but Braves catcher Brian McCann let the pitch get by him and Mayberry scored the go ahead run. Hunter Pence would later knock home Rollins to make it 4-3.
Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 9th save of the season with a perfect 9th. Cole Hamels started the game and threw six innings, fanning 6 and giving up 2 runs.