Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Ben Revere’s dribbler to first base
produced the game’s lone run in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the
Philadelphia Phillies pulled out a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in the
opener of a three-game series.
Freddy Galvis opened the decisive frame with a single to center and advanced
to second on a Cesar Hernandez sacrifice bunt.
Galvis busted it to third on Jim Johnson’s (1-2) wild pitch, narrowly beating
A.J. Pierzynski’s frantic throw to the base. He scored without a throw when
Freddie Freeman bobbled Revere’s bouncer.
Despite the no-decision, Aaron Harang was the hero for the Phillies. The 36-
year-old continued his torrid start to the season, tossing eight scoreless
innings against his former club. Harang yielded just two hits and a walk while
striking out six.
Ken Giles (1-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless top of the ninth.
Harang was perfect through three innings and took a no-hitter into the fifth
before Pierzynski’s one-out double to right. Chris Johnson followed with a
single, but Harang avoided damage by inducing an Andrelton Simmons double-play
Philadelphia’s best chance before the ninth came an inning later. Wood walked
Chase Utley before singles from Jeff Francoeur and Cody Asche loaded the
bases. Cody Martin relieved Wood and got Carlos Ruiz to fly out to right to
end the threat.
Alex Wood started for the Braves and gave up five hits with two talks over 5
Atlanta has lost four straight games.
Harang pitched last season with the Braves … The Phillies had lost nine of
their last 11 games … Philadelphia outhit Atlanta, 8-2, but went 1-for-13
with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base… The Braves committed