The Braves came into Sunday’s game with the confidence that they could make ground on the Phillies heading into the All-Star Break. Instead, they left feeling physically and emotionally abused.
Both the Phillies and the fans embarrassed the Braves today during their 14-1 drubbing.
Cole Hamels, who won’t be pitching in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, put on his own personal show before the break, shutting down Atlanta for eight innings. He allowed a run on three hits and two walks while striking out six. The only blemish came in the 2nd when Dan Uggla led off with a double, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on an error.
On the offensive side, the show belonged to Raul Ibanez and John Mayberry. Ibanez went 2-for-5 with six RBIs, including a three-run blast in the 8th to add insult to the already injured Braves. Mayberry had a three-hit day as well, all doubles. Mayberry also drove in four runs for the Phils.
But the true insult came from the Phillies fans. Leading only 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 7th, the Phils put up a huge crooked number – six to be exact. As the Phils were rolling, the fans started the Tomahawk Chop, mocking the stupid tradition Braves fans stole from Florida State football fans.
Most surprisingly for the Phils, Michael Martinez had himself a huge game. Going 4-for-5, Martinez singled all four times and scored twice. He also made a couple of great plays in the field including a catch in foul territory on the third base side before toppling over the railing.
Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown had three hits for the Phils and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard had two each. Carlos Ruiz was the only position player to not record more than one hit and Hamels was the only starter to not hit. Overall, the Phils tallied 20 hits.
2B: Mayberry 3 (9), Ruiz (11). HR: Ibanez (12).
WP: Hamels (11-5). LP: Lowe (5-7).