For the second consecutive game, the Braves coasted to victory behind a red-hot offense and some very solid starting pitching. Atlanta was able to knock Roy Halladay from the game after touching the Phillies struggling ace up for 5 earned runs in just 3 and 1/3 innings. The Braves moved to 2-0 with the 9-2 victory over the Phillies.
Halladay had his out pitches working, fanning 9 batters, but continued to struggle with his command, surrendering 6 hits while walking three. He also allowed two big home runs. Atlanta added another home run off of Jonathan Papelbon in the 8th, giving them a grand total of six through two games.
Those numbers are not conducive to a team with playoff aspirations. Carlos Ruiz has 23 games left to serve on his suspension, while his awaited return will give the team a boost offensively, it will take much more than the return of Chooch to get this team kick started.
Chase Utley and Domonic Brown have been the team’s most dangerous hitters through two games, tonight will present another tough test for the Phillies stagnant offense as they square off with Atlanta right-hander, Kris Medlen.
Medlen has proven to be a very solid pitcher in his short career, but he’s making the transition to full-time starter, it should be interesting to see how he handles the Philly attack tonight.
Cliff Lee will toe the rubber for the Phillies tonight. Lee was very mediocre in spring training, he will have to tread lightly tonight against a lineup that is tearing the cover off the ball right now.
Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman, and Jayson Heyward have all gotten off to great starts. Freeman has six RBI’s and is hitting .714 through two games, while Upton and Heyward are proving to be a very scary duo at the 2 and 3 spots in the lineup, setting the table for Freeman.
As for the Phillies, a win tonight makes the first two games a little less ugly, giving them some momentum for the home opener for Friday’s home opener against Kansas City.
Lookout for my preview of the home opener tomorrow morning!Tags: Atlanta Braves, Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Domonic Brown, Jonathan Papelbon, Kris Medlen, loss, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay