Bottom 2nd, 4-1 Phillies: About the only thing going right for Jorge Sosa and the Braves are their nifty throwback-style unis. The Phillies batted around for a four-run second inning, keyed by a two-out, two-run double by Mike Lieberthal. A fielding error by Edgar Renteria led to two more on Aaron Rowand's grounder up the middle. [box]
Phillies 7, Braves 5
Cory Lidle pitched six strong innings, giving up three runs on 10 hits with seven strikeouts to lead the Phillies to their second win of the season.
Lidle became the first Phillies starter to earn a win, and did so in prototypical Cory Lidle fashion. He'll give up hits, as he did tonight, but rarely gets burned. Seven strikeouts is impressive.
Lidle's supporting cast helped him with four in the second, recapped above. Phillies hitters stranded just five batters. Aaron Rowand hit his first homer of the season, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who went 2-for-5. J-Roll continued his hot-hitting, raising his average to .396. Pat Burrell followed Rowand's shot with a solo homer, his second of the season.
Tom Gordon earned his first save as a Phillie, sitting them down in order in the ninth.
The Braves sported vintage jerseys, and several players looked like throwbacks themselves. Adam LaRoche looked like a player from a semi-pro dairy team. If he played a character in a David Halberstam book, his teammates would call him "Frenchman." The Braves also rolled out junkball left-hander Chuck James, an Atlanta native. He'd play the naive rookie getting needled by Birdie Tebbetts. In the ninth, veteran southpaw Mike Remlinger got into the act. Remlinger might fill the token role of hard-living reliever who doesn't take guff from managers. If Ted Williams played today, he'd list Remlinger as one of the three toughest pitchers in baseball. The list would go Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine, then Remlinger.