Our Phillies (19-14) pretty much did what they’ve done all season in a 3-2 win against the Braves (7-24) at Atlanta’s Turner Field on Tuesday night. Just like each of their previous six wins, it was by one run. The Phillies got just enough offense to back another stellar pitching performance, this time by starter Adam Morgan (1-0, 3.94 ERA), who earned his first win of the season. Hector Neris cruised through the 8th in the setup role, and Jeanmar Gomez picked up his MLB leading 12th save to secure the victory.
The Phillies were the first team on the board after a sacrifice fly by Freddy Galvis plated Maikel Franco in the 4th inning. The Braves put runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out in the bottom of the 4th, but Galvis helped turn a clutch double play ball to limit the damage and keep the game tied at one.
The Phillies retook the lead for good in the 5th after Peter Bourjos doubled and Cesar Hernandez drove him in with an RBI single. Franco added a solo home run in the 8th to cap off all the offense the Phils would need.
Gomez gave up a solo home run to Freddie Freeman to leadoff the 9th which made the score 3-2, but worked through the rest of the inning to pick up the save.
- The Phillies have won seven straight one-run games for the first time since 1942. They lead the MLB in one-run victories by far with a record of 12-3.
- Odubel Herrera finished 1-5, still enough to extend his hitting streak to five games. He’s hit safely in 15 out of the last 16 games.
- Franco ended the game 3-4, raising his batting average to .256. Bourjos was the only other Phil with multiple hits, going 2-4 on the night.
- Since none of us thought we’d be scoreboard watching in May–despite their third place position in the NL East standings, the Phillies still hold the second NL wild card spot. We’re only one game behind Washington in the division and two games behind the Mets, pending their late night result against the Dodgers.
- The loss put the Braves at 1-16 at home this season. Yikes.
The Phillies will look for their 4th straigh win as the series in Atlanta continues on Wednesday night. Jared Eickhoff (1-4, 4.21 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. He’ll be opposed by Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 5.40). First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.