Jamie Moyer allowed two runs, none earned, over six strong innings as the Phillies took two of three from the Braves. Philadelphia starters did not allow an earned run the entire series.
Moyer, who walks a fine line with his location in each of his starts, found himself on the right side of the black last night, striking out four and walking two, outwitting the Braves with a wizard’s brew of off-speed junk. It was more than the weak-hitting Braves could handle, including 20-year-old super-rookie Jason Heyward, who struck out looking with men on second and third in the sixth. Really, it was the futility of the Braves on the whole that stood out in yesterday’s decider: sloppy defense, no hitting, and the stone-cold realization that Derek Lowe no longer has it.
Subtract Ryan Madson and the Phillies had themselves one heck of a set, punctuated by Roy Halladay’s complete game and garnished by some nifty glovework. It was also refreshing to see the Phils produce without the long ball and get a couple of sharp performances off the bench, including a two-hit night for Greg Dobbs starting at third (he looked good at third, too) and Juan Castro’s three-hit outburst. Ross Gload also delivered a pinch RBI late in the game.