LP – Beachy, (0-2)
So damned unfair. The kid went out there and pitched great. He allowed seven hits, almost any one of which could have been an out with a good defensive play, walked one batter (intentionally) and struck out five. He left with two out in the sixth and the game still tied at two. By the end of the inning, he’d been charged with two “unearned” runs and the game was a rout.
The Braves took the lead in the first when Jason Heyward walked and then scored ahead of a Derrek Lee double, though Melky, still inexplicably in the fifth spot, quickly made the third out of the inning. Beachy was cruising, having allowed one hit (off of Alex Gonzalez‘s glove). Ryan Howard, with one out, got just about the only clean hit the Phillies got off of Beachy, a single to center. A single to left that a real outfielder (that is, not Melky) might have had a play on followed, and then Beachy got a double-play grounder up the middle that AAG whiffed on to tie the game. Another Melky special, with two out, made it 2-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, Lee came through again, singling in Beachy himself (who had walked leading off the inning). With two out, Melky popped up the first pitch to end the inning. But in the sixth, Nate McLouth misplayed a fly ball into a double, Beachy walked the next man, and then got a strikeout, before being lifted for Peter Moylan. Moylan did his job, getting a grounder to Brooks Conrad at third base, and from that point on nothing went right all night. Conrad wanted to go the short way to second, Omar Infante was nowhere near the bag, and instead of adjusting and throwing to first, Conrad threw to Omar anyway, all hands safe, E-5. Moylan walked the go-ahead run in, and then Jimmy Rollins hit a grand slam off of Michael Dunn to put the game away. The Phillies got four more runs off of Cristhian Martinez and Mike Minor in the eighth. All the Braves could do is get J.C. Boscan in the game late. He walked to load the bases, and Lee came up with his third RBI hit of the night, a bases-clearing double to make the score a little more respectable.