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Double Downer

The Phillies played two yesterday at The Bank against the Atlanta Braves. Two games that the Phillies had a chance to win, perhaps should have won. The Phils were in both games, and led early in the first one. They never had a lead in the second game, but were tied for a bit.

Roberto Hernandez started game one, and helped his own cause with an RBI single. He pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks. He allowed four runs total, due to back to back errors made by Ryan Howard in the sixth inning.

Howard did knock in the first Phils run in the first with a single to left field that brought Tony Gwynn, Jr. home. Hernandez knocked in his run the next inning for 2-0 Phillies’ lead.

The game unraveled in the eighth inning where with one out, the Braves went walk, single, walk to load the bases against Antonio Bastardo. Chris Johnson then singled a run home and reloaded the bases. Tommy La Stella then cleared the bases with a three run triple to the wall in right.

Bastardo allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in just a third of an inning. He would have a fifth run charged to him, when reliever Luis Garcia through a wild pitch to Gerald Laird. La Stella scored, and the Braves led 9-2 at that point. The usual strong bullpen sprung a leak in this game, allowing six runs on four hits and five walks in two innings.

Ryan Howard’s two errors gave the Braves the lead, breaking the 2-2 tie in the sixth. Giving teams extra outs like that can often come back to bite you, and it helped open the flood gates against the Phils in game one.

Sean O’Sullivan was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start game two, and he pitched admirably. He allowed a first inning run to the Braves, but then settled in until running out of gas in the sixth inning. O’Sullivan got two outs in the inning, before allowing three straight singles that gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead.

Mario Hollands came in to relieve O’Sullivan, but he allowed a double to La Stella that cleared the bases again, giving the Braves a 4-1 lead. La Stella finished the day with five runs batted in.

The Phillies went 0-9 with runners in scoring position in game two, leaving eight men on base. They were out hit by Atlanta 13-6, and were unable to put a rally together in either ballgame. The offense has been an Achilles heal all season for the Phillies, though yesterday the bullpen really let both games get away.

The Phillies will look to salvage a game in the series today when David Buchanan takes the mound against Aaron Harang for the Braves.

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