June 16: Phillies (30-38) 6, Braves (36-33) 1 – F/13
Pitching dominated the majority of the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves, but a five-run 13th inning helped the Phils come out on top 6-1. Ben Revere scored the go-ahead run in extras.
The Phillies got on the board first in the early going when Ryan Howard led off the top of the second inning with a home run to center field.
Both starters, Cole Hamels and Julio Teheran absolutely dominated from there on out. In fact, neither team scored until the ninth frame.
In the top of the fifth, already up 1-0, the Phillies threatened to add to their lead when they got runners on the corners with two away in the inning. Unfortunately for them, Hamels was at the plate and he struck out swinging on four pitches.
In the bottom half of that same inning it was the Braves’ turn to threaten with two runners on of their own. Unfortunately for them this time, Teheran was in the box and he too struck out.
The seventh inning marked Atlanta’s best chance to score in the entire game, but its hitters did not come through at the right time. Evan Gattis singled to open the inning, Justin Upton double him to third and Chris Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bags with nobody away. From there, Hamels was able to get Tommy La Stella to line out and Andrelton Simmons to hit into an inning-ending double play to escape trouble.
In the bottom of the eighth and the top of the ninth both teams had runners on first and second with two away and couldn’t come up with a clutch hit.
In the ninth, against closer Jonathan Papelbon, Simmons made up for his missed opportunity from earlier with an RBI single to right to tie the game at one apiece.
The Braves were kicking themselves after the 10th inning as they got Freddie Freeman on third with one out, but were unable to get him home for the winning run. Justin Upton popped out and Johnson struck out.
On the other side, the Phils put up five huge runs in the 13th to put the game out of reach. Ben Revere scored from third on a fielding error by Freeman at first. Later on, Byrd singled home a run, Carlos Ruiz delivered a sac fly and Reid Brignac provided the big blow with a two-run triple to right.
Reliever Anthony Bastardo got the final three outs in the 13th to earn the win for himself and his team.
In the no decision, Hamels went seven shutout frames and fanned six. Meanwhile, Teheran had the same fate as he went eight innings, allowed one run and struck out six.