- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Play-by-play man Tom McCarthy was the only Phillies announcer who brought his glove with him for a special broadcast from the center-field stands Friday night.

Good thing he did, because it sure came in handy.

McCarthy simultaneously called and caught Freddie Freeman’s three-run homer for the Atlanta Braves in a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia.

“It was just really cool. The most unimaginable thing that could happen,” McCarthy said. “It was a remarkable sequence of events. The biggest thing is, I was trying to call the play. Then I said, ‘Please don’t drop it.’”

McCarthy was broadcasting the game from center field along with analysts Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both former Phillies. While neither Stairs nor Moyer brought a mitt, McCarthy had one that he uses to play catch with his two teenage boys.

“Just jokingly brought it out, more for show than anything,” he said. “There’s no way I would’ve caught it without the glove.”

Moyer threw his arms in the air after the grab. Then he and Stairs encouraged McCarthy to follow a Citizens Bank Park tradition in tossing the opponent’s home run ball back onto the field.

McCarthy threw it back, making sure, he said, to avoid hitting center fielder Ben Revere.

The announcer received congratulatory text messages from his boys and their friends.

“They thought it was awesome,” he said.

Freeman went deep in the first inning and Julio Teheran (7-5) struck out nine to hold a struggling Phillies lineup in check.

“I felt good out there. I just wanted to get ahead in the counts and make my pitches. That’s my mentality,” Teheran said.

The right-hander allowed two runs - one earned - and six hits in seven innings. He walked none and retired his final seven batters for Atlanta, which had lost six of 10 beginning with Philadelphia’s three-game sweep at Turner Field last week.

“We knew that getting four in the first couple innings, that would probably be enough, the way he pitches,” said Freeman, who also doubled and drove in all four Atlanta runs. “He goes out there and shuts down hitters every single time he goes out.”

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances.

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