Hamels had an easy first and second inning, but the wheels fell off in the third. Jair Jurrjens, the Braves starting pitcher, started with a soft hit to right field. Gregor Blanco and Martin Prado did serious damage to the Phillies pitching staff on Tuesday and continued today. Blanco followed Jurrjens with a single and Prado doubled them both in.
Cole Hamels was lifted in fifth inning, but not before Chipper Jones and Brain McCann each drove in runs. A couple inherited runners scored, finishing off an ugly performance by Hamels.
The only thing worse than Hamels’ performance was the offense. The lone run came without a hit, on a sacrifice fly. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Phillies recorded their first hit, a single by Paul Bako. Just days after a near no-hitter by the Blue Jay’s Ricky Romero, Jurrjens threw 6.2 hitless innings.
The Phillies finished the night with only two hits, the same number of errors the Braves committed and seven times less hits than the Braves. The 11-1 loss was disgraceful, putting the Phillies in a deeper hole as their National League Eastern division lead is cut down to a half of a game.