Saturday wasn’t a fun day for the Phillies. Sure Cliff Lee and Dom Brown were named National League All-Stars, but that was about the only positive thing for the Phillies yesterday. After news came that Ryan Howard was headed to the 15 day disabled list as he awaited an MRI on his left knee, the Phillies proceeded to fall to Jason Heyward the Braves 13-4. Still, the Phillies entered Sunday with a chance to take two of three from the Braves and win the series. The Phillies sent Jonathan Pettibone to mound, and the Braves countered with Kris Medlin.
The Phillies got off to a hot start in the first, as Dom Brown reminded us why he is an All-Star. With Chase Utley on first, Brown turned on a ball and hit it slow enough into the corner to score Chase Utley from first and land Brown on third with an RBI triple. Delmon Young singled later in the inning to score Brown and give the Phillies a 2-0 lead at the end of the first.
Pettibone cruised through his first four innings, now with a 3-0 lead, before running into some trouble in the fifth. After Brian McCann singled to left after a nearly 15 pitch at-bat, Braves pitcher Kris Medlin singled the opposite way to score McCann and cut the Phils lead to three. It was the only run that Pettibone would allow, but on a hot day and having thrown a good amount of pitches, Pettibone exited after five and a third innings today.
Dom Brown, hit a #dombomb in the bottom of the fifth on a crazy good swing. On a pitch running in on his hands, Brown turned on a ball deposited his 23rd homerun of the year into the first row in the rightfield stands. It was one of Brown’s shortest homeruns of the season, but it may very well have been his most impressive as he displayed an incredible mix of timing and strength to drive the ball out of the park.
The Braves kept the game interesting in the seventh as they got after J.C. Ramirez for two runs. The first run came on a Chris Johnson solo homerun, and then Jason Heyward’s RBI single cut the Phillies lead to 7-3.
Fortunately the combination of Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon set down the Braves in the eighth and ninth innings, despite throwing a ton of pitches, to get the Phils the series win.
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