If it wasn’t Kyle Lohse’s best start as a Phillie, it was certainly his most important. Lohse allowed two runs over seven strong innings as the opportunistic Phils took the second game of their series with Atlanta.
Before an electric home crowd, the Phillies capitalized on one official, two unofficial Braves errors in the third inning, scoring on Chipper Jones’ throwing error to first, pushing home Chase Utley from third. Greg Dobbs then singled to right, scoring Ryan Howard and Aaron Rowand. The Braves could have avoided the entire mess had Tim Hudson fielded a comeback to the mound cleanly, which would have set up an inning-ending double play. It was not ruled an error.
Jimmy Rollins earned Chevrolet Player of the Game accolades for a spectacular night of table-setting, including his 19th triple, which led off the ballgame. J-Roll went three-for-four with a run, pushed home by Howard’s RBI single in the first. Shane Victorino homered in the seventh to give the Phillies some insurance. It was just the 10th home run given up by Hudson all season.
Tom Gordon, J.C. Romero and Brett Myers combined for shutout frames in the 8th and 9th.
Beerleaguer: The Phillies finally got their overdue quality start, capitalized on mistakes and glided to a comfortable win against Hudson and the Braves. Good things happen when you get some innings from your starter. Excellent night for Lohse, who would have been my choice for player of the game.