Phillies Start Strong, Drop Off to Lose 5-2 Against Braves

Well that was disappointing.

After only six pitches for David Buchanan in the first half inning, followed by a ten pitch 2nd inning, and a nine pitch 3rd inning, the first base runner for the Braves came on a walk in the 4th inning during a nine pitch at bat.  David only needed 13 pitches in the inning though, despite the runner, to finish out the inning.

The offense saw Ryan Howard hit his second home run to straight away center making it a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th inning.

Buchanan would give up his first hit to Johnny Gomes in the top of the 5th inning, but after another quick 14 pitch inning, Buchanan stranded the runner on third base and kept the score at 2-0, Phillies.

Galvis had a play of the year, throwing from the ground on his back after a hard hit ground ball in the top of the 6th inning to end it, but not before a scare, walking off the field favoring his shoulder (which wouldn’t keep him out of the rest of the game).

After the Phillies left Buchanan in for the 7th inning, Atlanta was able to pick up their first run on a solo home run by Andrelton Simmons, making it only the second hit of the game, and the score 2-1 with the Phillies still leading the game.  But not for long.

Buchanan was able to get the next two batters out before walking two in a row, and forcing the Phillies to make a pitching change, bringing in Jake Diekman to finish off the inning.  The work for Diekman didn’t bode well, as he gave up two runs on two hits before finishing the inning off with a strike out, leaving the score 3-2 in favor of the Braves.

Diekman went on to give up another run in the 8th inning before the Phillies brought in Luis Garcia.  Garcia would finish out the inning giving up two more hits and two runs, making it 5-2, which would mark the final score of the game after the Phillies were unable to push any runs across the plate in the final two innings.

Phillies look to take the series tomorrow at CBP, first pitch at 1:35 pm.

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