– MLB – Recap – Phillies at Braves

Sweep! The Braves got all their runs in the first three innings — one in the first on a fielder’s choice, three in the third on a sac fly and two singles — and held on from there. Chipper, who walked twice and scored one, came up lame running home on that run and left the game with what’s been labeled a bruised left foot. It is apparently pretty minor. The Braves had only three baserunners — singles by Mondesi and Jordan, and Betemit (who came in for Chipper) reaching on an error — after Chipper left. They had six hits in all, only one for extra bases (Marcus’ double) but four walks. Estrada had two RBI, Andruw and Mondesi the other two.

John Thomson had a strong game, going seven and allowing five hits and two walks, striking out eight. He left having thrown 114 pitches but with some of his best stuff of the game. Reitsma walked one but struck out two in the eighth, and Kolb allowed one single but got a double play to end the game.

The Braves find themselves tied for first with the Marlins. The Mets are in the process of losing to the Natspos, and those teams will then be one back, the Phillies three back. The Braves head back on the road to face the Mets for three, Heilman versus Ramirez to start off. The game will be on ESPN and SportsSouth; I can’t get used to those games not just being on Wednesdays.