ATLANTA -- Sometimes it's best not to put the ball in play.Sometimes it's best just to put the bat on the shoulder and let the other team do the work.The Phillies let the Braves gift them four runs in the eighth inning on Saturday night in a 9-5 victory at
ATLANTA -- Sometimes it's best not to put the ball in play.
Sometimes it's best just to put the bat on the shoulder and let the other team do the work.
The Phillies let the Braves gift them four runs in the eighth inning on Saturday night in a 9-5 victory at Turner Field. Philadelphia sent nine players to the plate in the inning, but not a single batter got a hit, thanks to some wild pitching from Hunter Cervenka and Ryan Weber and some shoddy defense from the Braves' infield.
"I'll just say this," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said, "when you score four runs without a hit, you better win that game."
Here's how it happened:
• Cervenka started the inning. Tyler Goeddel walked.
• Freddy Galvis bunted into a fielder's choice.
• Taylor Featherston walked.
• César Hernández was walked intentionally.
• Odúbel Herrera walked to score Galvis.
• Weber replaced Cervenka. Maikel Franco reached on an error to score Featherston and Hernandez.
• Ryan Howard reached on an error.
• Aaron Altherr got hit by a pitch to score Herrera.
• Cameron Rupp grounded into an inning-ending double play.
ESPN said it is the first time the Phillies have sent nine batters to the plate without recording a hit since July 17, 1992, against the Dodgers at Veterans Stadium. That inning featured three walks, three errors, one flyout and two strikeouts.
It is the first time it has happened in a game since the Cubs did it against the Rockies on Aug. 5, 2014.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.