It was worth the wait. Jim Thome suffered through an 0-for-13 slump before launching two opposite field homeruns in the Phillies 16-2 pounding of the Atlanta Braves Wednesday night. Actually, Thome was just doing his best impression of Pat Burrell, who also went deep twice for his first two homeruns of the season.
It all started with three unearned runs in the first inning and ended with Jim Thome
and Pat Burrell
each driving in five runs. Jimmy Rollins
continued his rebound from a slow offensive start to the season, collecting three hits, including two doubles, and scoring three runs. Placido Polanco
, Bobby Abreu
, Mike Lieberthal and Tomas Perez
also had multi-hit games in the Phillies eighteen hit attack.
Somewhat lost in the offense was a strong outing from Vicente Padilla (1-1). The Braves did get him for ten hits over seven innings, but he allowed just two runs and struck out nine batters to lower his ERA to 3.46 on the season. Padilla also didn't issue a walk. Rheal Cormier and Eric Junge pitched perfect ball over the final two innings.
Greg Maddux (0-3) saw his ERA rise from 11.00 to 11.05 after surrendering seven earned runs in five and two-third innings, although he did strike out seven Phillies. Rookie Joey Dawley, who gave up both of Thome's homeruns, was hit for six earned runs over two innings of work.
The Braves and Phillies wrap up their three game series Thursday night at The Vet.