The Phillies haven't always had a lot of success against rookie pitchers and Thursday night was no exception. In his first major league start, Trey Hodges allowed one earned run over four and two-third innings as the Braves avoided being swept in Philadelphia.
didn't pitch far enough into the game to get the win, but he certainly put the Braves in position to win and that's what Bobby Cox needed from the rookie. With a runner on second and two outs in the fifth, Ray King
relieved Hodges and after issuing a walk to Ricky Ledee
, got Jimmy Rollins
to pop out to end the inning. Darren Holmes
(1-0) was the first of four other relievers to follow and pitched an inning for his first win of the season. John Smoltz
pitched a scoreless ninth, but didn't pick up the save.
Joe Roa (0-2) allowed four runs in five innings. His season ERA now stands at 12.86 after two shaky outings. Roa's start may have been his last, since Brandon Duckworth is likely to take his spot when he comes off the DL next week.
The Phillies managed just four hits and got RBI from Marlon Byrd and Tyler Houston for their only two runs.
On Wednesday night, the Phillies beat Atlanta 16-2 which should have been a bad omen. Earlier in the season, the Phils put up sixteen runs against Pittsburgh and were shutout the next day. Thursday night, the offense wasn't much better.
The Phillies will travel to Cincinnati for their first look at the Great American Ballpark, the new home of the Reds. After three games in Cincinnati, the Phils return home for a four game set against Florida and then a rematch with the Braves next weekend in Atlanta.