That could have gone better. What’s really frustrating is that as hot as the Phillies are, the Braves could easily have won any of the games with some more timely hitting. Or, tonight, with any hitting at all.
The Braves were one-hit for seven innings off of Roy Oswalt, that one hit a two-out double by Martin Prado in the fourth. The only other baserunner was Brian McCann on a two-out walk in the seventh. That apparently was the signal to go to Ryan Madson, who got them 1-2-3 in the eighth. Jason Heyward drew a two-out walk against Brad Lidge in the ninth and stole second, but Martin Prado flew out on a 3-2 pitch to end it.
Tommy Hanson, as has so often been the case this second half of the season, deserved a better fate, but at least got a no-decision. He took a no-hitter into the fifth and struck out the loathsome Shane Victorino to get out a jam that inning, then got Raul Ibanez to get out of a two-on situation in the sixth. That was it for him. Peter Moylan and Craig Kimbrel combined to get through the seventh, but Jonny Venters couldn’t get through the eighth. As he does, Chase Utley leaned into a pitch and got a call, but Venters, as so often has been the case lately after allowing the leadoff man on got the next hitter (Ryan Howard) to ground into a double play. But he walked Jayson Werth, then allowed a double to Ibanez for the game’s only run.