Medlen, Braves Shut Down Phillies in a 3-1 Loss

For the third time in five games, the Phillies failed to get more than six hits. Kris Medlen was dominant and the bats fell asleep in a 3-1 loss to the Braves. The player of the game was Medlen, who went seven strong innings, scattering five hits and one run while striking out five Phillies hitters.

Johnson’s 2-run homer was the difference (via SI)

Ethan Martin was on the mound for the Phillies and in the second inning, he gave up an RBI double to fellow pitcher Kris Medlen. After the Phillies went down one-two-three in the top half of the third inning, Chris Johnson smacked a two run homerun to right field on a 2-1 fastball.

In the top half of the sixth inning, Dominic Brown gave the Phils their only run of the game on an RBI single to center to score Chase Utley. Five innings would end up being it for Martin, who allowed three runs on six hits while striking out six batters.

The rest of the game was quiet as Luis Garcia, Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus combined for three scoreless innings and Kris Medlen and the bullpen shut the Phillies out for the rest of the night.

Newly-acquired Casper Wells was horrendous in his first start, going 0-3 with a strike out. The Phillies MVP was Chase Utley, who had half the teams hits and scored the Phillies only run. The Phils next game is tonight at 7:10 PM ET in the rubber match when John Lannan pitches against Brandon Beachy of the Braves.

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