When a team scores 9 runs in an inning, that team usually ends up winning the game. Don’t tell that to the Atlanta Braves, however. On Saturday, when they played the Philadelphia Phillies, the Braves scored 9 runs in the 4th inning, but lost that game by a score of 10 to 9.
Mike Hampton of the Braves made his first major league start (and appearance) since August 19, 2005. Having not won a game since August 14, 2005, it looked like Hampton was going to get his first win in nearly three years after Cole Hamels gave up 9 runs in the 4th inning (only 4 of those runs were earned, however).
After the 4th inning, the Braves were up 9 to 3, and it seemed like they would finally get a win for Mike Hampton. However, things fell apart in the bottom of the 5th inning when Hampton allowed back-to-back-to-back singles to start that inning. He was pulled out of the mound for Royce Ring, who allowed a hit. Then, Ring was pulled out for Blaine Boyer, who ended up taking the loss after giving up the go-ahead 3-run home run to Greg Dobbs.
Phillies pitcher Adam Eaton was awarded the win for the Phillies as he pitched one inning allowing just two hits. On a day that the Mets lose, the Phillies were very lucky to win this game, as it brings them closer to the Mets in the standings. All in all, a very frustrating game for Mike Hampton and the Braves. Hey, at least Hampton managed to not get hurt.