Gonna be a long year.
I thought about stopping right there, but well, let’s look at the ugly truth.
Aaron Harang looked dominant, as he has most of the year so far. And the Braves continued their Keystone Kops routine in the field with 4 errors, a wild pitch, and passed ball, to lose their fourth in a row.
The hometowners managed a grand total of four runners – a walk to Alberto Callaspo in the 4th, a double by A.J. Pierzynski and single to Chris Johnson in the 5th, and a lead off walk to Cameron Maybin in the 9th. Three of those runners were immediately erased on double plays, and Pierzynski couldn’t score on Dorn’s single, and that’s all we need to say about that.
Alex Wood only went 5 2/3, and the pen kept wiggling out of jams. Cody Martin induced a fly out to end a bases loaded threat in the 6th. Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson kept the Phils off the board in the 7th and 8th. But, the way the Braves were not doing anything with the lumber, you just had a feeling that the roof would eventually collapse, and in the 9th, it finally did.
The Phils won it when Freddy Galvis singled to lead it off, was sacrificed to second, went to third on
Pierzynski’s passed ball (which looked to hit him in a bad spot – his glove), and scored on Ben Revere’s grounder that Freddie Freeman booted for his second error of the evening.
Anyway, when a team that is supposed to pitch and play tight defense to have any hope to win doesn’t do one (or both), then you’re going to get a lot of games like this.