Braves 7 (30-22), Phillies 3 (28-23)
WP: Hudson (6-1)
LP: Hamels (5-4)
SV: Wagner (8)
Braves now have a lead of a game and a half in the NL East. Doesn't that just SOUND beautiful? Yes...yes it does. Anyway, a solid win for the Braves tonight...but it should have really been a lot worse. The Braves had 17 baserunners, and only plated 7 runs. Everything is clicking with the offense right now...and throughout all the runs the team has plated over the past 2 weeks, there could be a lot more on the board. Runners just keep getting stranded...but you know what, the team is winning, so I'm not going to complain. Every starter aside from Melky Cabrera reached today, and he at least added an RBI to the show. The first damage was done in the pouring rain in the first inning, with a bomb of a 3 run homer by Troy Glaus to give him 40 RBI on the season...second in the NL. Troy Glaus, second in the league in RBI on the 1st of June? Never, ever would have expected that...thats what happens when you have the trio of on-base monsters in front of you. 2 more runs came in during the third inning, when Yunel Escobar smacked a double play grounder at Juan Castro...who proceeded to drop it and allow a run to score without getting an out. Omar Infante laced a single into left to plate another run after Escobar's AB, and that gave the Braves their 5th run of the game. Escobar and Glaus would each end up reaching 3 times, while Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, and Infante all reached twice. Solid effort all around from the offense.
Now, pitching. Tim Hudson didn't let a little rain get in his way, and after a perfect first, came right back to throw 5 more innings, allowing only a pair of runs on a Ryan Howard homer. Huddy would walk 2 and strike out a season high 6...more outings like tonight will get that FIP back into game shape. Well, minus the homer of course. The bullpen tonight...actually a little shaky. Eric O'Flaherty allowed a pair of hits before working out of that jam, and Takashi Saito also allowed a hit. Jonny Venters...well, that was a really bad night for him, allowing 2 hits, a walk, plunking a guy, and allowing a run to score, making Billy Wagner come in to throw 3 pitches to get Ryan Howard out to end the game. In the end though...its a win over the Phillies. I'll take it, even if Bobby burned through 4 relievers with a nice cushion most of the game.
Tomorrow's game is an early one, which means...I won't be live tweeting most of it. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. 1:05 start, Derek Lowe vs Kyle Kendrick. Just what the doctor ordered for an offense that needs to stay hot...Kyle Kendrick!