PHILADELPHIA -- Somewhat overlooked in the Phillies' 8-2 loss to the Braves on Saturday was the performance of the bullpen.
After starter Roy Halladay struggled through 1 2/3 innings, six Philadelphia relievers -- none older than 26 -- combined to allow just one run on four hits over the final 7 1/3 frames.
Left-hander Jeremy Horst struck out a career-high four in 1 1/3 innings and right-hander B.J. Rosenberg extended his scoreless streak to seven innings with two frames.
The performance lowered the bullpen's combined ERA to 4.00, a testament to the improvement of the young and inexperienced group. The 'pen, which owned a 4.76 ERA at the All-Star break, has a 3.01 second-half ERA, which ranks fifth in the National League.