Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, and Evan Gattis each homered, and the Braves moved to 2-0, keeping JonathanF’s prediction alive for another day. The one from Gattis was particularly special, because (a) El Oso Blanco, and (b) his father was being interviewed on the TV broadcast as the ball was being sent over the left-field wall. Just a really neat moment.
It wasn’t all pretty — the weather was nasty; the Phillies had nine hits; the Atlanta’s defense was shaky, at times; Christhian Martinez and BJ Upton were particularly ineffective at their assigned tasks; and the Braves struck out 16 times — but the game was never really in doubt, either, and it’s hard to complain about much when your lineup knocks Roy Halladay out of the game in the 4th and sees 184 pitches in eight innings.
The Braves, looking to complete the opening-series sleep sweep tomorrow night, will send Medlen to the mound to square off against against Cliff Lee. Baseball!