It’s as if someone splashed a gallon of hot water on the Phillies during the seventh-inning stretch. Or that same person splashed frigid water on the Braves bullpen. Whatever the case, the Phillies collected their first win with a huge 12-11 comeback over the Braves. They are now 1-2.
The seventh seemed eerily familiar to the Phils comeback in game No. 3 of the 2008 season. a couple base hits (including RBI singles by Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz) set up some bad pitching (consecutive walks to Matt Stairs, Chris Coste and Jimmy Rollins). Shane Victorino singled home another run, Chase Utley walked home another, then Ryan Howard grabbed the lead with a ground out.
It all saved a bad performance by Joe Blanton (4 IP, 7 ER, 9 H) and let all fans breathe out for a day: Finally, the Phils showed some offense.
Ibanez had the most of it, homering in the second inning to tie the game at 2-2. The Braves then ran out with the big lead, thanks to a five-run third. JA Happ surrendered a two-run home run to Jordan Schafer. Chad Durbin let in a run on three walks and a hit, Clay Condrey got out of it with a strikeout (and grabbed the win), Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Brad Lidge recorded his first save of the year in his first chance, despite allowing a solo home run to Matt Diaz.