Live Game Thread! Phillies at Braves – Game 2
It’s safe to say that in game 1 of the Phillies series, Jason Heyward laid to rest any doubt about his health of effectiveness. Not only did he go yard on the first pitch from rookie Tyler Cloyd, he went 5 for 5 on the evening and broke his own personal best for number of hits in a game.
The Braves sorely needed the kind of offensive output we saw last night in the 7-1 victory in game 1 of the four game set. Besides Jason Heyward’s awesome showing, Elliot Johnson, Chris Johnson, and Jordan Schafer got in on the act with hits, and Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis had two hits apiece. Add to that rookie David Hale having another stellar outing, and the Braves were playing, finally, like they’re hungry!
Perhaps it was the events of the final game of the series against the Brewers that fired them up, but whatever it was – we’ll just hope the fire kindled won’t be easily doused.
Brian McCann had to leave the game early with what was reported as an adductor strain (groin), but all reports indicate that McCann should be good to go by the playoffs. The bad news is that whether or not you like how McCann confronted Gomez in the Brewers’ fracas, the fiery catcher’s enthusiasm and veteran presence will be missed even if there’s just three games left in the regular season. The loss takes a valuable bat out of the lineup, and forces the choice of Gattis or Laird at catcher. Gattis is slated to catch tonight, with Reed Johnson in left field. Reed was handed a suspension for throwing some punches in the Brewer’s fracas, but can play because he is appealing the decision.
Hale was awesome in his 2nd start on the bump. He secured his first major league win, going six innings and giving up just 1 run while adding 5 Ks to his resume on the night. When asked about his outing, Hale said…
It is amazing, especially to (get my first win) at home. I was a little more relaxed, but still nervous. I just kept the ball down and it turned out all right.
The young rookie has a great deal of poise for someone supposedly nervous, and I commented to friends and colleagues that this kid is just good, and has the makings of a future starter that Atlanta will have a ton of confidence in.
We could see a great pitcher’s duel tonight with Kris Medlen and Cliff Lee taking the mound for their respective teams. Medlen struggled some early in the season, but has been white hot lately, showing the kind of command that will probably make him the #1 pitcher in the playoff rotation. Lee has been amazing as well for the Phillies, so the Braves bats will need to stay alive for a pitcher much tougher than Cloyd was.
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
LHP Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.93) vs. Atlanta RHP Kris Medlen (14-12, 3.24)
Game 2 Lineups
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