So, a lot like last night — except for the end. I liked the end of last night. Anyway, the Braves couldn’t do anything much against the Phillies starter, except for one inning where they loaded the bases with one out only to hit into a double play. The Braves’ starter was fairly effective but threw a lot of pitches and gave up a couple of runs before leaving early. It’s just that tonight it was Roy Halladay and Tim Hudson.
Hudson actually lasted six innings, so more than Hanson, throwing 103 pitches. He gave up two doubles in the second to allow one run, and a double in the sixth that allowed the other. He pitched pretty well, considering the competition, but got nothing to show for it because Halladay pitched almost as well as Kendrick, and that’s a weird thing to write, isn’t it? But Halladay pitched the ninth, unlike Kendrick, and got the complete-game shutout.
The Braves had some opportunities. Glaus almost connected for a game-tying solo homer in the second, but it was caught at the wall by Victorino. Their big chance was in the seventh, when Chipper and McCann led off with singles. Glaus struck out, but Heyward worked a walk (the only one they got off of Halladay). Yunel hit a sharp grounder that, by all rights, should have tied the game, but it kicked up off the mound and turned into a double play that effectively ended the game.
Venters pitched two strong innings, including strikeouts of Utley and Howard, and Saito pitched around a one-out double in the ninth.