Time of game: two hours, 33 minutes. Pretty much nobody did anything till the starters came out of the game. Tim Hudson was clearly hurting, but he gutted through a masterpiece, 7 scoreless innings, allowing just three singles, a double, and a walk. Eric O’Flaherty and Chad Durbin finished it up with two more scoreless innings. The Phillies are in last place, and pretty much their only good hitter is catcher Carlos Ruiz, so these are the teams we should beat up on. But still.
Kyle Kendrick continued his mystifying habit of beating up on the Braves. He has a 4.46 career ERA, but in 16 games including 11 starts against the Braves, he has a 6-1 record with a 2.29 ERA. It’s like the Braves think he’s left-handed or something. He pitched 7 scoreless innings and left with the game knotted 0-0.
Then the Phillies brought in an actual breathing left-hander, Antonio Bastardo, who had had plenty of success against the Braves in the past, holding the Braves to a .140 batting average against, seven singles and no extra-base hits in 55 previous plate appearances against us.
However, thank goodness, he didn’t have it last night, and Charlie Manuel had a Grady Little moment as he allowed Bastardo to do this: single, walk, flyout, popout, walk, walk, homer. That was all the Braves got and all they needed.
The grand slam was by Brian McCann, who has had enough of your lip for at least one day. (And my lip, too; after he and Uggla failed to take advantage of men on first and second with no outs in the top of the 7th, I said they both should be batting 9th.) If he goes ohfer the weekend you can start grousing again.