EICKHOFF BLANKS BRAVES AS PHILLIES AVOID SWEEP 5-0

By Sam Bush

Jerad Eickhoff stuck to his fastball and curve, and went seven shutout innings in a Phillies’ 5-0 win over the Atlanta Braves to avoid a series sweep for the first time since Philly lost four straight to open the season.

“The biggest thing was the fastball command,” Eickhoff said. “I had plans to do some other things, honestly, early on. But my command was so good that I kind of just stuck with the fastball.”

Where Eickhoff was efficient, Braves starter Casey Kelly was the opposite. Called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a spot start, he hit two Phillies and threw another wild pitch to the backstop. He left after five innings having allowed three Philadelphia runs.

“We just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I thought [Kelly] did a really good job of keeping us in the game.”

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