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Same Old, Same Old

The Phillies first game post all-star break was much like many of the ones before. The Phillies had a lead, lost it, and could not climb out of the hole.

A.J. Burnett took the mound first for the Phils, looking to improve on his 6-8 record. Valuable as Burnett’s experience is, his inconsistency often makes things harder for a very inconsistent, and often anemic offense.

Friday night Burnett was given a 2-0, only to give it back and then some.

The Phils jumped ahead in the second, when Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd led off with back to back walks. Grady Sizemore followed with a single to load the bases with nobody out. With a chance to do damage, Cody Asche hit a sacrifice fly to Jason Heyward in right. Howard scored for a 1-0 lead. Cameron Rupp then singled Byrd home to give the Phils a 2-0 lead.

The Braves would answer back in the bottom of the inning, starting with a lead off h0me run from Heyward. Then with two outs, Christian Bethancourt and pitcher Ervin Santana produced back to back singles. Center-fielder B.J. Upton followed with a double that plated Bethancourt for a 2-2 tie. Andrelton Simmons then singled to left, scoring both Santana and Upton for a 4-2 Atlanta lead.

That’s four hits and three runs allowed by Burnett with two outs in the inning, to go along with the home run by Heyward. Five hits total in the inning, four earned runs, and a 2-0 lead was turned into a 4-2 deficit.

The Braves would score two more against Burnett, finishing his night with five innings, and six earned runs on 10 hits.

Trailing now 6-2, the Phillies got two more runs in the sixth on a two run single by H0ward. Howard went 1-3 on the night with a walk and two runs batted in.

The Phillies as a team went 3-4 with runners in scoring position, but had very few chances in Atlanta on Friday night. The bullpen did it’s thing again, as Jeff Manship, Antonio Bastardo and Justin De Fratus combined for no runs or hits in three combined innings of work.

Still, the result was much the same as much of the season, pushing the team further down and closer to oblivion. With the trade deadline approaching, that seems to be the more interesting topic of conversation right now.

Not where will the team be in September, but who will still be here come August 1st?

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