A combination of solid starting pitching and timely hitting had the Phillies take the three game series against the Atlanta Braves this weekend at Citizens Bank Park.
Friday night was a pitchers duel as the Phillies won in walk-off fashion, 1-0. Aaron Harang once again showed his early 2015 brilliance as he held the Braves to just two hits over eight innings. The Braves pitching went toe-to-toe against Harang until Freddy Galvis took the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning. With one swing of the bat, Galvis hit a home run to end the game and score the only run all evening.
Saturday night was not as kind to the Phillies. The Phillies held a 2-0 lead until the 7th inning when the Braves saw their 20-inning scoreless streak end. Jake Diekman’s struggles continued as he was credited with the blown save as he allowed in his inherited runners, and then some, from starter David Buchanan. The Phillies went on to lose 5-2.
Philadelphia honored the Phillie Phanatic’s birthday on Sunday with a series winning game against Atlanta, 5-4. Ryan Howard started off the birthday celebrations with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first. Jerome Williams gave another strong performance as he held the Braves to 3 runs over 6.2 innings pitched. The Phillies entered the top of the ninth with a 5-3 lead. Papelbon gave up a solo shot with one out in the inning, but was able to retire the side before allowing anymore runs to give the Phils the 5-4 win.
The Phillies fly to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals on the road for a four game series. First pitch is tomorrow at 8:15 PM EST.