After five innings of wondering if the Braves would ever hit the geriatric Jamie Moyer, suddenly, everybody started hitting him, and the Braves put up six runs in the sixth inning to beat the Phillies and open up their most comfortable lead of the season.
Martin Prado actually led off the game with a homer, but other than a leadoff infield single in the fourth by Omar Infante, All-Star, the Braves couldn’t get a baserunner. Some balls were hit hard, some weren’t, all of them were caught. Meanwhile, Kris Medlen got out of a first-inning jam, but couldn’t in the second, allowing a two-out double to Jimmy Rollins to tie the game. Then with two out in the fifth, he walked Raul Ibanez, then allowed a joke “home run” to Howard that must have travelled, oh, 330 feet at least.
Things looked bleak. But those who do not fear the Prado are doomed to repeat allowing homers to him, and it was 3-2 in the top of the sixth, and Moyer suddenly looked his age. Infante singled, then Chipper doubled to the corner. They looked to be pitching around Glaus, then came after him anyway, then walked him after all to load the bases for the lefthanded-hitting McCann. That didn’t work out too well. Brian doubled to left center to make it 5-3. They let Moyer face Matt Diaz, which was really a mistake, as Diaz homered to make it 7-3.
The Braves needed those runs. The Loathsome Victorino hit a solo homer with two out in the seventh, chasing Medlen. Venters got Ibanez to end the inning and Howard to start the eighth, then gave way to Saito. Saito got Werth, then allowed three straight very weak singles to make it 7-5 and put the tying runs on base before getting a popup to end the inning.
Melky doubled to lead off the eighth, but went no further. Wagner didn’t need any help, getting Rollins to fly out “deep” to the little league left field wall, then striking out Victorino and Ibanez.