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- Updated: September 28, 2013
The Philadelphia Phillies played game 161 tonight in Atlanta at Turner Field. Ethan Martin got the call for the Figthins’, and again failed to log significant innings.
His team got off to a quick start though, as Cesar Hernandez led off the game with one of his four hits on the night. Jimmy Rollins followed that up with a double to left field. Dom Brown eventually worked a walk to load the bases with two men out.
Catching prospect Cameron Rupp would next, and he managed to single to center field and plate both runners. Martin would give one back in the bottom of the first inning, when Jason Heyward and Justin Upton began the frame with back to back singles. With Heyward on third, first baseman Freddie Freeman hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Hernandez, cutting the lead to 2-1.
Though Martin would not allow another run, he did not make it past the third inning. He allowed the one run on four hits and a walk. He has consistently struggled with command since being called up, making for high pitch counts and quick exits. It was a bullpen game from there.
The Phils added to the lead in the top of the seventh, when once again Hernandez singled to start the inning. He advanced to third on a wild pitch to Rollins, and then scored on a single by Jimmy to left field. Atlanta left fielder Evan Gattis had trouble fielding the ball, allowing Hernandez to score and making it 3-1 Phillies.
After Chase Utley and Darin Ruf both struck out, Brown stepped up and singled Rollins home from third base to push the lead to 4-1. They would tack on another run in the eighth to make it 5-1 heading into the ninth inning.
Jonathan Papelbon was called upon to get the final three outs, and as has been the case most of the year, it was anything but routine.
After allowing two men to reach base, Pap gave up a two out, three run home run to Justin Upton that cut the Phils’ lead to 5-4. He then allowed a single to Freeman and a walk to Gattis. The next batter was Chris Johnson, and he grounded to Rollins deep in the hole at shortstop. After making a diving stop, Rollins two hopped the ball over to Ruf at first just in time to nail Johnson and win the game.
Luis Garcia pitched two innings of shutout ball in relief of Martin to earn the victory. After that, Mike Stutes, Jake Diekman and B.J. Rosenberg went a combined three innings, allowing no runs and two hits leading up to Papelbon.
The 2013 season finale is tomorrow afternoon at Turner Field. Zach Miner will start the season’s rubber match for the Phillies, opposed by Julio Teheran for Atlanta.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
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