Braves, Inciarte Drill Phillies
Ender Inciarte drove in four runs with three hits, Ryan Flaherty had four hits and scored four times, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Vince Velasquez and the Philadelphia Phillies for a 15-2 win on Saturday night.
Brandon McCarthy (1-0) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings in his Braves debut.
Velasquez (0-1) faltered in a tough spot for Philadelphia after it used a combined 13 relievers in the first two games of the series. He was charged with seven runs, four earned, and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Six Phillies pitchers allowed 19 hits, and the defense committed four errors. Utility player Pedro Florimon pitched the eighth and gave up a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Lane Adams.
The Braves led 3-2 before scoring four runs in the fourth. One out after a bloop single by Nick Markakis drove in two runs, manager Gabe Kapler came to the mound to replace Velasquez. Left-hander Hoby Milner, the only reliever up in the bullpen, apparently wasn't ready to enter the game.
Kapler remained on the mound as Milner took extra throws before leaving the bullpen. Braves manager Brian Snitker came out of the dugout, apparently to argue about the delay, and was ejected by umpire Jerry Layne, the crew chief.
Visibly upset, Snitker had more words for plate umpire Vic Carapazza on his way off the field. It was Snitker's second ejection of the series.
Milner, pitching for the third straight game, recorded only one out.