Wow, the Phillies really are in trouble. Eight innings of one-run ball against Derek Lowe? I’m afraid this case might be terminal.
The Braves got a run in the first on a GIDP by Chipper, which I’m afraid was a little too typical of the early innings. Glaus doubled leading off the third but was erased on a lineout double play from Escobar, and Lowe walked in the third but was stranded. The Phillies tied it up in the top of the third when they got four straight hits off of Lowe, and had the bases loaded, one out, with Utley at the plate. He grounded into a double play. And the Phillies got only two more hits, a single in the fourth and another in the eighth, off of Lowe.
The Braves, however, weren’t doing any better. But after Kyle Kendrick was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth, Manuel went to his closer, Contreras, who somehow walked McLouth. Melky came on for the inevitable pinch-bunt (sheesh). Prado struck out, and they walked Heyward intentionally, as Infante was in for Chipper after the latter left the game with a sore finger. And Omar delivered, singling in McLouth to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Wagner got Utley and Howard, walked the next guy, then got a strikeout of Victorino to end it.