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2009 Recaps

McCann, Braves Power Past Lifeless Phils

BlantonATLThe Phillies made Javier Vazquez look like Cy Young.

The Braves beat the Phillies, 6-2, thanks to the sterling pitching of Vazquez and the un-sterling pitching of Joe Blanton. Sure, he went eight innings and looked better than usual, but giving up six runs (no matter how you do it) won’t slice it. He allowed two-run home runs to Yunel Escobar and Brian McCann, who went 3-for-4 against Blanton. Overall, Blanton gave up six runs on eight hits in eight frames.

Meanwhile, the Phils offense played like sludge. They never worked Vazquez, allowing him to throw 115 pitches in eight innings. Only Chase Utley (2-for-4, HR, 2B) and Raul Ibanez (1-for-3, HR) did anything of note against Vazquez. Among the 0-fers were Jimmy Rollins (0-for-4), Shane Victorino (0-for-4), Ryan Howard (0-for-4) and Greg Dobbs (0-for-3).

Scott Eyre pitched a scoreless ninth. At least Blanton gave the bullpen a rest.

With the loss, the Phillies now sit in second place in the NL East, behind the division-leading Mets.

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