Something needs to change.
One of the most obvious is to replace Jose Constanza with Jason Heyward. Despite Fredi Gonzalez continuing to play the struggling outfielder, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and five runners left on base. Add on a poor defensive play in the seventh inning and his days of being a starter should be over.
Outside of Constanza, every starter outside of Freddie Freeman left at least two runners on base. Michael Bourn contributed to the cause with three hits, including a double, but also struck out in a key situation in the eighth inning with two on and two out. Dan Uggla hit his 33rd home run -- a solo shot to center field -- which tied a career-high. The slugging second baseman continues to amaze in the second half.
Tim Hudson pitched well in stretches, but a bad first inning and final inning did him in. He allowed two runs in the first on a solo-homer to Chase Utley and a bloop RBI-single to Braves Killer Raul Ibanez.
Atlanta tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Alex Gonzalez. Unfortunately, the Phillies battled back in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 4-2. Atlanta made it 4-3 with an RBI-fielders choice groundout. Philadelphia answered once again, though, and made it 6-3 to essentially end the game.
The Braves will try and avoid their first sweep of the season Wednesday evening. This is the second straight series the team has lost.