ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 2: Teammates celebrate as Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves runs the bases after hitting a three-run walk-off home run against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on September 2 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Thanks to the Ol' Battleaxe, the Braves staved off a sweep at the hands of the Phillies. Chipper Jones's walk-off home run in the finale of the three-game series was his second such homer this year, both of them against the Phillies. Chipper even leveled Erik Kratz on a play at the plate on Friday. Philadelphia led 7-1 in that game and wasted a quality start by Cole Hamels.
Otherwise, it was the Kratz, Mayberry and Rollins show. Erik Kratz homered off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning in the opening game with the Braves ahead by one. Atlanta had chased Roy Halladay with a pair of two-run homers in the fifth and had taken the lead on Dan Uggla's sixth-inning homer. Both John Mayberry and Jimmy Rollins had six hits for the Phillies and also hit a homer each; Mayberry hit his in the 10th inning of that opening game and the one by Rollins in Saturday's game hit the right field foul pole. Ryan Howard also homered in the series opener.
Cliff Lee's performance made him the only real dominating starter in the series. He shut out the Braves for seven innings Saturday and struck out five. Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm both had ugly outings for the Braves. Mike Minor's start on Friday wasn't nearly as pretty as his recent starts have been; it was the first start since June 30 (10 starts ago) that he had given up four runs in a game.
Freddie Freeman recorded five hits in the series; only one other hitter for Atlanta (Prado) had more than three. Reed Johnson had three hits in the comeback win with three RBI. Martin Prado hit a pair of home runs in the series: the first one hit on Friday was the 50th of his career. Brian McCann's struggles continued as he went 0-9 in two games; David Ross was 0-4 with two strikeouts. It seems both McCann and Ross are playing hurt right now because Ross appeared to be favoring a muscle on his right side (oblique, maybe).
Atlanta was 1-13 with RISP through the first two games, 4-13 on Sunday with 22 LOB in the series. The Phillies were 9-27 with 23 LOB.
Peter Moylan earned the win in Sunday's game, his first since September 13 last year.
And for your viewing pleasure, here's the walk-off again.