The story was Derek Lowe’s sparkling debut in which he threw 97 pitches and went 8 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits and striking out 4. The Braves hit four solo home runs early in the game off Brett Myers and rolled to a victory, although things got interesting in the 9th inning.
The offensive star of the night and big storyline for Atlanta was rookie Jordan Schafer. The new Braves center fielder hit a homerun in his first major league at-bat becoming the 99th player in MLB history to do so. Schafer followed that up with a single in his second at-bat, and was intentionally walked in his third plate appearance, before striking out against the Phillies closer in his final plate appearance.
Mike Gonzalez entered the game in the 9th inning and did everything he could to make things interesting, allowing a double followed by a Werth single followed by a walk. Gonzalez then straightened out and struck out Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez to end the game in a non-save situatuon.