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Braves Lose Game One To Phils As Padres Lead Giants

Talking Chop:

This was certainly not the type of performance we were expecting nor hoping for from this team tonight. Brandon Beachy pitched his heart out but a rough sixth inning from both Beachy and Peter Moylan, combined with an error from Brooks Conrad lead to a close game becoming a blowout.

Beachy pitched well, lasting 5.2 innings and striking out five while walking just one. He allowed seven hits, but if he shows that control he will be useful in the post-season and as a starter next year. Christhian Martinez gave up four runs in relief, which put the Braves even further back. Mike Minor appeared in relief in the game’s final two innings, pitching 1.1 innings and striking out two batters.

Jimmy Rollins’ grand slam was by far the biggest play of the game. The score was 3-2 when he hit the home run off the first pitch he saw from Mike Dunn.

Overall, this was just an unfortunate loss. Derrek Lee came through with three RBI hits, giving him four in total. Other than Lee, Conrad was the only other player to record two hits.

Tomorrow, Tommy Hanson will take on Vance Worley as the Phillies adjusted their rotation last second. Worley has pitched well this year, but Hanson is the better pitcher. Hopefully, the Braves come to play better tomorrow.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.