Gonzalez Ejected Braves Drop Third Straight

Braves Catcher Laird

Gerald Laird was ejected in Friday night’s game

The Atlanta Braves dropped their 3rd straight game on Friday night.  A late inning comeback bid fell one run short as the Braves were beaten by the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4.

The Phillies got the game’s scoring started in the 1st inning of Friday’s game.  Ryan Howard grounded into fielder’s choice to Freddie Freeman.  Freeman’s throw to 2nd went into left field allowing Chase Utley to score on the play and give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead.

The Phillies were able to add a couple more to their lead on a controversial call in the 2nd.  Humerto Quintero hit a ball to deep right field when a Braves fan reached over the railing and made contact with the ball.  The ruling on the field was a 2-run homer and it would stand as the umpires reviewed the play.  To me, it clearly looked like the fan reached “over” the fence and Quintero should have been awarded a double.  Nevertheless, the Phillies took a 3-0 lead.

Ryan Howard hit a homerun of his own in the 3rd inning.  His solo shot put the Phillies up 4-0 over the Braves.

Quintero would help the Phillies out again in the 6th inning.  His double to deep right allowed Delmon Young to come around and score.  The Phillies led 5-0 before the Braves would start a comeback.

It was not until the 7th inning when the Braves would get on the scoreboard.  Dan Uggla smashed a 3-run homer that cut the Phillies lead to 5-3.

The Braves would add another run in the inning on an Andrelton Simmons sacrifice fly.  Brian McCann tagged up on the fly ball and cut the Phillies lead to one.

The tying run reached 1st in the 9th before Andrelton Simmons popped out to end the game.  The Braves comeback bid was over as they fell 5-4 to the Phillies.

Brian McCann, who entered game when Gerald Laird was ejected, finished his night 2-3 with a double.  Justin Upton and Dan Uggla both ended with 2-4 nights.  Uggla’s 2-4 night stands out a little more as he crushed that 3-run homer and got the Braves back into the game.

Braves manager Fredi Freeman was also ejected in the game when he joined Gerald Laird in arguing with the home plate umpire about ball and strike calls made while Laird was batting.

The Braves lead is down to five and a half games in the NL East.  They look to increase that lead on Saturday night at 7:15 ET as they take on the Phillies in game two of the series.

Tim Hudson, who was pushed back a start due to a stiff neck, will take the mound in hopes of ending Atlanta’s three-game skid.