This game could be described as absolutely miserable. The Braves got waxed by Cole Hamels and the Phillies in the last game before the All-Star Break. It would've been great to see the Braves notch win number 10,000 and pick up a game on the Phillies n the NL East standings. Nothing of the sort was going to happen. Derek Lowe's sinker didn't really show up to the ballpark today and nothing could go right in the field for the Braves.
Nearly every ball that the Phillies hit found a hole between the infielders or simply bounced over their heads. Lowe only struck out one batter in his six innings and gave up four runs. But when Lowe exited the game at a score of 4-1, the fun was just beginning for the Phillies.
The Phillies struck it big in the seventh, when Cory Gearrin and Scott Proctor couldn't seem to get an out and gave up six runs, all of which were credited to Gearrin. The fans in Philadelphia demonstrated exactly why they are so widely despised when they began mocking the Braves with the Tomahawk Chop during the never-ending inning. I try not to be too biased during these recaps, but if anything good came of this game, maybe Scott Proctor's outing will get him designated for assignment. The Phillies racked up a season-high twenty hits in today's game. John Mayberry Jr., Jimmy Rollins, and Domonic Brown all had three hits each and Michael Martinez, filling in for the injured Placido Polanco, went four for five on the day.
Dan Uggla hit a liner to left center in the second inning for a double and made his way around the bases on grounders from Heyward and Julio Lugo to score the game's first run. That was all the scoring the Braves could muster on the day, as Cole Hamels was absolutely spectacular, giving up just three hits in eight innings.