Sometimes, every once and again, the Phillies play a game of baseball so well that all you can stand to do is smile, laugh and applaud, wherever you may be.
If tonight wasn’t one such game, one would be hard-pressed to find a better example.
Jamie Moyer, still in the prime of his life and career, pitched his first shutout since 2006 – a two-hitter with no walks, at that – and Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer as the Phillies trounced Derek Lowe and the Braves, 7-0.
Playing without three regulars, the Braves’ lineup looked quite feeble against Moyer. First baseman Troy Glaus provided the only hits of the night for Atlanta, which fell to 12-17 with the loss. Starter Derek Lowe allowed seven runs on 11 hits in just five innings, by far his worst start in Citizens Bank Park. It took Lowe 95 pitches to finish those five innings, just seven fewer hurls than it took Moyer to go the distance.
Werth kept his bat alight, hitting a three-run homer in the third and added a double later, his league-leading sixteenth. Five starters had multiple hits, and only Moyer and Shane Victorino failed to reach base on the offensive end. A crowd of 45,349 saw the show, yet another sell-out for the Phils.
All-in-all, it was a pretty good Friday night in South Philadelphia.
Saturday, Joe Blanton will make his second start of the season against Kris Medlen, who will make a spot start for the injured Jair Jurrjens.