Vicente Padilla breezed through the Atlanta lineup Saturday night allowing just three hits and not issuing a walk. The complete game effort gave the Phillies a 4-0 win and snapped a three game losing skid.
Chris Wheeler may have said it best in the bottom of the ninth; "he (Padilla) has made this an easy night for Larry Bowa. Or, at least as easy as it can be." Padilla was never in trouble and allowed just one runner past firstbase and that was only because of a throwing error on Mike Lieberthal. Padilla only tallied four strikeouts on the night and all of them came in the second and third innings.
Mike Hampton (0-1) started his first game of the season for Atlanta and lasted five innings. Hampton allowed one run on a wild pitch and another on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, as the Phillies moved to a 2-0 lead. David Bell doubled home Jimmy Rollins, who had singled and Mike Lieberthal singled to drive home Bell as the Phillies picked up two more runs in the fifth, to make it a 4-0 game.
Bell and Pat Burrell each collected three hits while Lieberthal and Jim Thome each had two hits.
The Phillies were still without secondbaseman Placido Polanco who is out with a sore finger. Tomas Perez started in place of Polanco. Jason Michaels made his first start of the year, playing in centerfield for the injured Marlon Byrd.
The Phillies and Braves wrap up the three-game series Sunday afternoon when Brandon Duckworth makes his first start of the season for the Phillies and Shane Reynolds (0-0) starts for the Braves.