Braves Blanked Again
- Updated: September 2, 2014
The Phillies followed their history making Labor Day with another solid win on Tuesday night.
Kyle Kendrick got the call for the Phillies and was impressive against an Atlanta team that is now 7.5 games behind the first place Nationals.
Kendrick pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits. He struck out four and walked two.
The Phillies took the lead in the top of the fifth on a solo shot by Carlos Ruiz.
Ben Revere would lead off the sixth with a single and then stole second. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Revere would score on a single by Darin Ruf for a 2-0 Phillies lead.
The Phils capped off the scoring in the eighth, beginning with a one out single by Ryan Howard. Cesar Hernandez would pinch run for Howard, and advanced to second on a single by Ruf.
Ruiz then followed with a double to left field that plated Hernandez and sent Ruf to third. He would score on a sacrifice fly by Mikael Franco. The Phils’ top prospect made it 4-0 Phillies with his first career run batted in, while playing in his first game at the major league level.
Ken Giles worked a scoreless eighth, and Antonio Bastardo finished in the ninth inning to preserve the shutout. The Phillies’ pitching staff is now up to 18 straight scoreless innings as a unit.
The Phillies go for the sweep tomorrow at high noon when David Buchanan takes the ball against Ervin Santana for Atlanta.
Stats Courtesy of TheScore.com
Photo Courtesy of Philly.com