Chipper And Heyward Go Yard As Braves Sweep Phillies 6-2

The old man went 'yicketty' again tonight

Atlanta knew they had a tall task ahead of them looking for the sweep today. Philadelphia sent their ace Roy Halladay to the mound, but the Braves were up to the task. The middle of the Braves order accounted for all of Atlanta's runs as Atlanta took the lead in the first and didn't look back on their way to a 6-2 win and a sweep of the Phillies.

Atlanta jumped on Halladay early, doing damage with two outs in the first. After Michael Bourn and Martin Prado grounded out, Jason Heyward ambushed Halladay. Heyward took Doc's first pitch fastball and hammered it over the right field wall for his 16th home run of the year, and a 1-0 Braves lead. Chipper followed with a single, and Freddie Freeman drew a full count walk. Dan Uggla followed with an RBI double down the left field line to make it 2-0. For Uggla, it broke an 0-21 slump.

Chipper added on in the 3rd inning, taking Halladay's first pitch out deep to right field for a 3-0 Braves lead.

The Phillies would try to close the gap, as Shane Victorino hit a solo homer in the 4th inning, and Carlos Ruiz hit an RBI single in the 6th, bringing the Phillies to within one run at 3-2. That was as close as the Phils would get, however.

Halladay came out after 6, and the Braves tacked on insurance against his replacement Jacob Diekman. Tyler Pastornicky led off with a pinch hit single, and Bourn sacrificed him to second. After a single from Prado put runners on the corners, Heyward hit a comebacker to the pitcher. Diekman couldn't corral it and all hands were safe. Pastornicky scored, making it 4-2. After Chipper's groundout moved the runners to second and third, Freeman looped a 2-out 2-RBI single over Jimmy Rollins' head to make it 6-2.

Tim Hudson didn't have his best stuff today, but, as always, battled hard. Hudson threw 107 pitches over 5.2 innings, allowing 7 hits but only 2 runs. Huddy didn't walk a man and struck out 5 to help limit the damage. Chad Durbin, Eric O'Flaherty, and Christhian Martinez closed it out with scoreless innings.

Atlanta takes on the Marlins again in a series at Turner Field, starting tomorrow. Tommy Hanson will take on Mark Buehrle at 7:10 PM EST.

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