In Defense of a Title: Game Two
The Fightin' Phils took the field for the second time Tuesday night only to suffer the same fate. Jair Jurrjens took on Jamie Moyer in the second game of this three-game set.
On the first pitch of the first inning, Kelly Johnson went big fly and set the Braves up with a 1-0 lead—a lead that would prove to be insurmountable for the Phillies. Chipper Jones then doubled later in the inning and scored on a fielding error by Chase Utley. It was 2-0 Braves after one.
Johnson hurt Moyer again in the fourth when he singled in Jeff Francoeur. Then in the fifth, Jones homered to left and put the Braves up 4-0.
The fifth would prove to be the end of Moyer, who gave up four runs and left the game to the bullpen.
The Phillies had no offense. Even less than Monday night. There was one extra-base hit and that was by Raul Ibanez. Everything else was a single, at least all five of the other hits.
The bullpen was tremendous again in relief of the starter. Chan Ho Park, Jack Taschner, and Clay Condrey combined for four shutout innings. Jack Taschner has pitched three innings and retired all nine batters he's faced.
The Bright Spot: This continues to be the bullpen. Seven shutout innings have been pitched thus far into the season. Taschner has been a bright spot as the first two starters have struggled. If the bats pick up in the last game of this series, Charlie Manuel should have no problem in turning it over to the 'pen.
The Dark Spot: The bats have been either dead or dormant thus far against the Braves. The Phils have amounted just one run in these first two games. One extra-base hit off of Jurrjens and the Braves bullpen is unacceptable for this team. The whole team has to get out of this offensive funk. Carlos Ruiz shouldn't be tied for the team lead in batting average.
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