So much for Derek Lowe’s run support. Well, it’s one more run than the Braves would have needed last night, but still. The Phillies played more incredible defense (other than back-to-back screwups by Utley in the fifth to allow two of the Braves’ runs to score) and Lowe was Lowe. Bobby will blame defensive breakdowns on the Braves’ part that helped three runs to score in the third, but the reality is that Lowe simply isn’t very good.
It was 5-0 after three and in my opinion, despite the breakdown (a throwing error on a possible DP by Prado) it was mostly Lowe’s fault. He just allows too many baserunners, and up against this team, he was doomed. Six hits, two walks, five runs, four of them “earned” in five innings. Let the record show that the Braves’ starters all had short outings in this series, but that Lowe was the only one knocked out of the box. The other two just got worked over by the Phillies’ plate discipline.
Meanwhile, the Braves were making Jamie Moyer look like, well, the other two Phillies starters in this series. They did get two “unearned” runs against him, and a lot of it was the defense. They got another run late, but it was already 8-2 at that point after they’d gotten a run off of Medlen and two off of Moylan, so it didn’t really matter. Chavez looked pretty good, though.