- Updated: September 26, 2014
The Phillies began their final series of the 2014 season Friday night against the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies have already clinched both a losing season, and last place in the National League East.
Jerome Williams made his final start of 2014, and though he struggled a bit, he kept his team in the game.
Williams allowed a lead-off single to Phil Gosselin, followed by a double to Ramiro Pena to put men on second and third. After a groundout by Freddie Freeman and a single by Justin Upton, the Braves led 2-0.
The Braves tacked on two more runs in the fourth, starting with a lead-off double by Jason Heyward. Two batters later, Chris Johnson homered to left field for a 4-0 Atlanta lead.
The Phils got on the board with a run in the fifth, and would tie the game in the sixth inning. After quickly making two outs, Marlon Byrd, Dom Brown and Cody Asche went single, single, double, to make it 4-2. Freddy Galvis then reached on an infield single that brought Brown home, making it 4-3. Asche then scored on a wild pitch by Braves’ starter Ervin Santana that tied the game 4-4.
The Phils took the lead in the seventh inning, when Carlos Ruiz led off with a walk, and Ryan Howard followed with a double. Ruiz would score on a groundout by Byrd to make it 5-4.
Williams only had two bad innings, finishing with six innings pitched. He allowed four runs on eight hits. His bullpen held firm, just one night after a seventh inning implosion.
Luis Garcia pitched a scoreless seventh, ditto Ken Giles in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon then made his first home appearance since being suspended for an obscene gesture to the Phillies fans. He earned his 39th save of the season, nailing down the Phillies’ win.
The Phils and Braves clash again tomorrow night at 7:05. A.J. Burnett goes for the Phils against Aaron Harang for Atlanta.
Stats Courtsy of TheScore.com
Photo Courtesy of Philly.com