Carlos Ruiz hit a 2-run single and the Phillies’ bullpen tossed 4 scoreless innings to win for the 10th time in 12 games
It was a night to look forward for what was left of your Philadelphia Phillies and the visiting Atlanta Braves, each team coming off large reported deals earlier in the day.
Aaron Harang, playing hooky from a rehab start fresh off the DL, due to the Phils desperately needing a starter, had a perfect 1st inning, but the rest of the night was a struggle pitch count-wise as he was out of the game after 5, throwing 96 pitches, but he only gave up that one run.
The Braves started the scoring in the 3rd on a dribbling single by Shelby Miller, who should have been struck out on a curve that fooled the ump on the 3rd pitch, followed by two bloop singles right in front of Domonic Brown, a strike out, and a slow roller, Harang to Carlos Ruiz, for the 2nd out at home. Just when you thought Harang may get out of the inning, the Braves finally got their 1st run scored for Miller in 44 innings, on an infield hit by A. J. Pierzynski, but he somehow holds them to just one.
An inning later the Phils took the lead, hilited by a great job by Odubel Herrara, who bunted for a single, to avoid the batted ball by Freddy Galvis for a single, followed by another single to short LF by Brown to load the bases. Chooch, playing in his 1,000th game, knocked in Herrara and Galvis w/ yet another single over the SS, Andrelton Simmons, to give Phils a 2-1 lead, but a bone headed base running play by Brown killed the rally as Harang, who was trying to bunt to get two RISP, strikes out to end the inning on the next pitch.
In the 5th small ball continued to reign as 3 one out singles in a row, Cesar Hernandez (his 2nd hit of the night), Maikel Franco, and then Ryan Howard, who looks like a different player after the all star break, scored Hernandez, but that was all they could muster.
Both of these teams continued to be run challenged as hits were plentiful, 24 overall by the time this one was over, but RBI’s were not.
After a perfect inning by Elvis Aroujo ( who w/ Ken Giles moving to closer, the Phillies need to be more than a one batter lefty) Domonic Brown finally broke through for his 1st HR of the season after 128 plate appearances. That was also the 1st XBH of the game after 19 singles racked up by the teams combined.
Scoreless innings by Jeanmar Gomez and Luis Garcia bridged to new closer Giles. While the Phans cheered his 100+ mph fastballs, he gave up two singles to start the inning but ended the threat w/ a ground out, a swinging K to Freddie Freeman, and then a backwards K on Adonis Garcia to end the BallGame!
Put another one in the Win Column for Aaron Harang (5-11) & the Phightin’ Phils! Giles earned his 2nd save in as many opportunities since taking over the closers role. Give the loss to tough luck Shelby Miller (5-8) in front of 21,706 steamy Phans @ Citizens Bank Park.
Everybody Hits: WooHoo!…. well except for the Braves Adonis Garcia, and assorted relievers, though both starters had singles.
This was the Phillies 10th win of 12 since the AS break, this after losing 10 of 12 going into it.
As of this posting the Phillies still have not announced the starters for the next 4 games. Rookies Williams Perez, Matt Wisler, and veteran Julio Teheran will finish the series for the Braves