Sometimes after a long game, one or both teams comes out extraordinarily flat in the next game. Except for Randall Delgado, who was hung with a loss for probably his best start yet, the Braves were that flat team.
The Phillies took the lead with a sac fly in the first. That was all that they would need, as Joe Blanton threw a complete-game shutout. The Braves had just three hits and never put together anything like a rally.
The Phillies didn’t need anything else, but they got a solo homer in the seventh, and Livan Hernandez gave up a two-run homer in the ninth. Spoiled was eight innings of good work from Delgado, including five strikeouts and no walks.