The Phillies looked as good in game two of their set with the Braves as they had looked bad in game one. Hamels was fantastic, throwing a complete-game shutout as the Phils topped Atlanta 3-0.
The Phillies had scored all the runs they would get in the game by the time they sent their fourth hitter to the plate in the bottom of the first. Rollins and Brown doubled back-to-back for the first run and Howard plated Brown with a two-run homer.
The Phillies are 50-60 on the year after beating the Atlanta Braves 3-0 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series. The Phils have won three of their last four games. They’re 5-3 over their last eight games despite scoring an average of just 3.13 runs per game over those eight.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout, allowing five singles and no walks while striking out six.
The start came at a good time for the Phils, a day after the pen had to throw 5 1/3 innings in relief of Worley.
Hamels set the Braves down in order in the top of the first.
Hamels started the second with a 3-0 lead. Chipper Jones led off with a single to center, but Hamels struck out Freddie Freeman for the first out. Brian McCann was next and hit a double-play ball to second. Utley gloved it, but had trouble getting it out of his glove and then bounced the toss to Rollins at second. Rollins made a great play, picking the ball on the bounce and throwing to first to complete the double-play.
Hamels set the Braves down in order in the third and again in the fourth.
With two outs in the fifth, McCann hit a ball into the corner in left. Brown got to it quickly and made a good throw to second where McCann was just out to end the frame.
Nice throw by Brown. Second outfield assist.
Hamels got ‘em 1-2-3 again in the sixth.
Bourn bunted for a single to start the seventh. Martin Prado fouled out to Howard for the first out. Heyward struck out swinging for the second. Chipper flew to Mayberry for the third.
Freeman singled to center to start the eighth. McCann popped to Utley for the first out and Reed Johnson grounded into a double-play behind him.
Hamels started the ninth having thrown 93 pitches. He allowed a one-out single to righty Tyler Pastornicky, who was pinch-hitting for the pitcher Cory Gearrin, but struck Bourn out for the second out and Prado on a ground ball to Rollins to end the game.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Mike Minor went (1) Rollins (2) Brown (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Kratz (7) Schierholtz (8) Frandsen. Moral victory alert — no sign of Martinez. Lefties Schierholtz, Brown, Utley and Howard all stay in the lineup against the lefty. Righties Frandsen and Kratz at third and catcher. Brown hits second.
Rollins doubled to left to start the bottom of the first. Brown was next and lined a ball into center for a hit. Rollins scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Brown went for two and slid in just safe when Prado dropped the ball as he tried to apply the tag. Utley flew to center for the first out, but Howard followed and hit a 1-2 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 3-0. Mayberry struck out and Kratz grounded to first to set the Phillies down.
Rollins gets it started with a double and then the lefties Brown and Howard come through against the lefty.
Brown made a mistake going for two and would have been out if Prado handled the throw cleanly. He also probably should have tagged up and gone to third on Utley’s ball to center.
Schierholtz lined a single to left to start the second. Frandsen popped to second for the first out before Hamels bunted Schierholtz to second with the second. Rollins flew to right to leave the runner stranded.
Brown walked to start the third, but the Phillies went in order behind him.
Kratz doubled to left to start the fourth, but again the Phillies went in order after the leadoff man reached base. Schierholtz struck out swinging for the first out. Frandsen was next and hit a ball well to center, but Bourn made a nice running play at the wall for the second out. Kratz tagged and moved up to third. Hamels struck out swinging to leave him there.
Rollins walked to start the fifth. The Phillies went in order behind him. Janish made a nice play for the first out on a ball hit up the middle by Brown. The ball was not hit very hard and Janish took it on the second base side of second base and tagged the bag to force Rollins.
It was the fourth straight inning in which the Phillies had put their leadoff runner on base without scoring a run.
Kratz and Schierholtz singled back-to-back with one out in the sixth. Frandsen grounded into a double-play with men on first and second to end the inning.
The Phils went in order in the seventh.
Lefty Luis Avilan started the eighth and got Utley and Howard for the first two outs. Righty Cory Gearrin came in to pitch to Mayberry. Mayberry hammered a ball to left, but Johnson made a nice play, catching the ball as he ran into the wall in left for the third out.
Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. He came into the series 3-for-his-last-29, but is 2-for-7 with a double and a walk so far.
Brown 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. Made a nice throw to get McCann in the fifth. Stretched his single to a double in the first, but would have been out by a lot if Prado had handled the ball cleanly. Hits the ball back up the middle a whole lot and continues to be non-terrible or better defensively.
Utley was 0-for-4. First game without a hit in August.
Howard 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and a two-run homer. He’s hitting .196 in his last 56 at-bats with 26 strikeouts.
Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Hit the ball well to the wall in left in the eighth. He’s started eight straight games, hitting 267/313/467 in 32 plate appearances.
Kratz 2-for-3 with a double. 13-for-his-last-29 with three walks, five doubles and four home runs.
Schierholtz 2-for-3. He’s 3-for-7 with a double so far in the series and 7-for-22 with a walk, a double and a homer since joining the Phillies (318/333/500).
Frandsen was 0-for-3 and left four men on base. Hit a ball well to center with two outs and two men on in the fourth, but Bourn tracked it down at the wall.
Kendrick (4-9, 4.45) faces righty Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45) tonight. Kendrick has a 4.54 ERA in his 14 starts this year. He’s dropped his ERA overall for the season from 5.35 to 4.45 by allowing two earned runs over his last 19 innings pitched. Hudson has a 2.58 ERA over his last six outings. The Braves are 8-1 over his last nine starts.