Ryan Weber was outstanding in his major league debut, if you forget who the Braves were playing. Aaron Nola was better, unless you remember that he was pitching against the Braves.
The Phillies beat the Braves 5-0. Atlanta had plenty of opportunities but went 0-10 with runners in scoring position. The most egregious came in the top of the eighth with runners at first and second and nobody out. Luis Garcia had just walked Hector Olivera. Freddie Freeman turned a base on balls into a strikeout in a miserable effort. Furthermore, it looked like Freddie tweaked his left leg in his penultimate futile swing. Big league pitchers can make big league hitters look bad, but Freddie did this all by himself. Opportunity lost. Braves failed to score. Again.
Danny Burawa retired Freddy Galvis to start the eighth after getting the two batters he faced in the seventh, then put the game out of reach (wasn’t it already?) by giving up consecutive singles to Jeff Francoeur and Cesar Hernandez and a three-run home run to Odubel Herrera.
The loss cut the Phils’ lead over the Braves to one game in the hunt for the first pick in the 2016 draft, so that adds drama to tomorrow’s rubber game of the series. If Road Julio shows up, we could face the Mets as the Least of the East Thursday.
In other news, the Nationals choked up a huge lead to lose 8-7 to the Mets. Frosted Tips bounced into the game-ending double play. ‘Rissa, those Nats keep delenda-ing themselves.