Veteran righty Aaron Harang was roughed up by the Phillies, allowing nine runs over five innings, as the Phillies won 10-5 over the Braves. It’s their first sweep in Atlanta since 2011.
-The Phillies offense was the story in this one, possibly for the first time since they opened the season in Texas. How about 18 hits and 10 runs? Marlon Byrd hit a homer and the Phillies posted five doubles on the day, trashing Aaron Harang.
-Roberto Hernandez stuck it through six innings, although he probably should have been pulled before that. He got lucky on a handful of double-plays and was generally average, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out two.
-Ken Giles pitched the 8th and 9th innings and looked great doing it. He struck out three, allowing one hit and one walk, needing 38 pitches to finish the frames. The slider looked nasty at times and his fastball, while not registering 100, was humming. Antonio Bastardo also pitched well, striking out two in his inning of work. Mama, who is that man? This bullpen has been solid lately.
-It was the Phillies first road sweep of any kind since April 2013. Are you now believing? This division is a winnable disaster, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility. But I can’t help but think the longer they keep it closer in the race, the longer the wait will be for some sort of move to the future. You’re looking at maybe being a buyer and not a seller next month.
-Wil Nieves went 3-for-6 with two doubles, but was hurt late in the game, pulling up lame as he ran to second base. Carlos Ruiz relieved him for the final frame. Look for Koyie Hill to join the club as the travel to St. Louis.