The Braves dominated the Phillies this weekend, sweeping the defending NL East champions for the second straight series. It made five wins in a row for the streaky Braves who got stellar pitching from Ben Sheets, Mike Minor, and Tim Hudson, holding the Phillies to just 4 runs across the 3 games.
Game one saw the Braves tag newly-extended Phillies' starter Cole Hamels for 5 runs, including a three-run moonshot from Brian McCann to break things open. It was McCann's 6th straight homer against the Phillies. Michael Bourn and Martin Prado also contributed RBIs. Ben Sheets was masterful for his third straight Braves start, allowing 1 run across 6 innings. He allowed 6 hits while walking one and striking out 4.
The second game was the closest, as Atlanta eked out a 2-1 victory. Mike Minor was extremely dominant, allowing only one run (on a solo homer) over 8 innings of work. Minor only allowed 4 hits without a walk and struck out a whopping 9 men. A Chipper Jones sacrifice fly and a Jason Heyward RBI single was all the run support Minor would need. Minor got the ball straight to Kimbrel, and the Braves' fireballer didn't disappoint, notching 2 whiffs in a perfect 9th.
The Braves completed the sweep yesterday against Roy Halladay, tagging Doc for 3 runs in 6 innings. Jason Heyward and Chipper both hit solo first-pitch homers off Halladay, and Dan Uggla contributed with an RBI double, breaking an 0-21 skid for him. Atlanta added three more in the 7th off the Phillies' pen when Heyward reached on a run-scoring error and Freddie Freeman hit a 2 RBI single.
Atlanta now takes on Miami in a 3 game series at Turner Field, starting tonight.