This Ryan Howard thing is getting out of hand. Howard hit a solo homer in the second inning, and after about two hours’ worth of delays (divided up by seven minutes of play — great job, guys) hit a two-run homer in the fourth. I still think he’s overrated.
Tommy Hanson got hung with the loss, even though he pitched well, striking out four in two innings of work. It’s not really fair, but little of the won-loss rules are fair. Howard hit his second homer off of Medlen, in the fourth, a two-run job. The Braves cut it to 3-1 when Diaz doubled in Church in the fifth, but that was all they got, and the Phillies pushed it back to 4-1 with a run in the seventh. Chipper drove in a run with a groundout in the eighth.
Diaz had three doubles, accounting for all the Braves’ extra-base hits. Prado had two hits. You would think that with your 1-2 hitters doing that you’d have more than two runs. The Braves struck out five times against Jamie Moyer in long relief. There’s really no excuse for that.
I’m going to let this stand as the game thread.