Sweep By Stingy Pitching

Stingy pitching, solid defense and timely hitting added up to a three-game sweep of the Braves, putting the Phillies closer to a fourth straight division title.  The sweep was the first for the Phillies against the Braves since 2001 when they also took a three-game series.  That was at the Vet.

Roy-O continued his brilliant mound work last night as the Phillies won their sixth 1-0 game of the season. 

Numbers for the big three starters in the series:
22 innings
14 hits
4 runs, all earned
4 walks
17 strikeouts
319 pitches
212 strikes

The bullpen (Madson and Lidge were the only relievers needed)
5 innings
2 hits
0 runs
1 walk
4 strikes

How good was the pitching?  Well the Braves were 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.  That’s not one game but a three-game total. 

Elias Sports Bureau
**The combined 1-hitter (Roy-O- Madson, Brad) last night was the first time since 1954 the Phillies held the Braves to one hit (or no hits).  On April 29, 1954, Robin Roberts 1-hit the Braves in Milwaukee.

**The Phillies have won each of Roy-O’s last 10 starts, their longest winning streak behind any starting pitcher since 1993, when they won 11 in a row behind Tommy Greene.

**Last night was the 33rd time the Phillies have been held to one run or less this season. What is more amazing, the Phillies have 92 wins.

**Phillies are 28-15 in one-run decisions, 18-5 at Citizens Bank Park. 

Final Series
Last three home games of the regular series starts Friday night with the Mets in town.

ComcastSportsNet set a new record for ratings on Monday night (14.0), broke that mark Tuesday night (15.0) and then broke it again Wednesday night (15.2).  All this despite a quarterback controversy!


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