Philadelphia Phillies – Stroking The Longball

     The Phillies fought back again today with the longball to win the final game of the homestand against the Atlanta Braves.  The Phils accrued 5 homeruns over 9 innings from Rollins, Victorino, Burrell, Werth and Chris Coste.  There were a total of 14 hits bringing them to their 12-10 victory and 1 game closer to sharing the lead once again with the New York Mets.  The Phillies went through 7 pitchers including Blanton, Eaton, Condrey, Romero, Seanez, Madson and Lidge due to the initial rain delay.  Blanton was once again getting roughed up early in the game and was not getting calls on his breaking stuff including his curve ball.  Brad Lidge was able to come into the game and collect his 24th consecutive save opportunity after the Braves dropped in 5 more runs in the 8th bringing the tie to within 3 runs.

    The Braves may have to concede and look into rebuilding for next year after falling behind 7.5 games in the N.L. East.  Chipper Jones believes he will be headed to the D.L. with his hamstring.  Also, Brian McCann had two collisions at the plate tonight with Utley then with Shane Victorino in which he suffered a concussion and was removed from the game.

The Phillies have tomorrow off for their travels down to D.C. to play the Washington Nationals who are currently 19 games out of first in the eastern division and on a 6 game losing streak.  Brett Myers (5.82 ERA) will take the mound in search of his 1st win since returning from the minors against the righty Collin Balester (5.75 ERA).

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 3 2 1 1 1 3 .271
Victorino, CF 4 2 2 4 0 0 0 .283
Utley, 2B 5 0 2 0 0 2 3 .288
Howard, 1B 5 1 2 2 0 2 1 .237
Burrell, LF 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 .277
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Werth, RF-LF 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 .272
Bruntlett, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .234
Coste, C 3 1 2 2 0 0 1 .291
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  d-Dobbs, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .313
  Seanez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Jenkins, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
Blanton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
  a-Eaton, PH-P 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .179
  b-Taguchi, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .233
  Condrey, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Ruiz, PH-C 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .211
Totals 35 12 14 12 4 7 11
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Philadelphia Phillies – Atlanta Not So Brave

    

     The Philadelphia Phillies brought down the tee-pee in the Atlanta Braves series last night.  The Phillies defeated the Braves in a 4-1 victory while displaying their prowess in their division by sweeping the Braves both times they met this year in Atlanta.  Cole Hamels showed his ace status by pitching 8-2/3 innings while allowing 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and administering 7 strikeouts.  The Phillies offense also showed up for the 3rd consecutive day placing 8 hits on the board with 3 of those hits being homeruns from Chase Utley (24), Ryan Howard (22) and Pedro Feliz (10).  Some other notables are Pat Burrell going 2-4 and Pedro Feliz 3-4 while both of these players are breaking through a hitting slump.  The Phillies are hoping for the reversal of the overall offensive slump that they accrued after sweeping the Braves the 1st time.  Sweeping them the 2nd time around should place them back on track to dominating the N.L. Eastern Division once again.

     Tonight starts the 4 game series with the Phillies hosting the Mets at Citizen Bank Park.  J.A. Happ the rookie sensation will pitch tonight away from his normal home at Coca Cola Park and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  Happ (3.54 ERA) which had started for 1 game last year against the Mets is hoping that his new bag of tricks will help defeat his rival Johann Santana (3.01 ERA) which he faces on the mound tonight.  J.A. Happ has proven himself at the AAA level with 3.54 ERA, 38 BB, 104 strikeouts over 101.2 innings pitched.  You can check out more J.A. Happ stats as well as Kris Benson and Brett Myers here.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .276
Victorino, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .265
Utley, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .300
Howard, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .219
Burrell, LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .278
  Werth, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Jenkins, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .239
Feliz, 3B 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 .267
Ruiz, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .208
Hamels, P 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .279
  Gordon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 4 8 4 1 8 11
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Philadelphia Phillies – Brother In Arms

     The Philadelphia Phillies won last night against the Atlanta Braves in their return to the National League schedule.  Kyle Kendrick pitched his way into the 8th win of the season at Turner Field.  He allowed 3 runs over 6 innings while accruing 6 hits 2 strikeouts and 2 walks.  Kendrick received his usual run support from the Phils with them administering 14 hits and shutting down the Braves on their 1st game of a 3 game homestand.

     Tonight Adam Eaton (4.86 ERA) takes the mound in Atlanta in search of just his 3rd win of the season.  He will face off against the Braves righty Jorge Campillo (2.54 ERA).  With the temporary threat of  4 man rotation Cole Hamels will prepare himself for a early start and the Ace position in the rotation tomorrow.  Meanwhile Brett Myers will pitch tonight in Lehigh Valley in his 1st rehab assignment with the Iron Pigs.  There still is no permanent solution for his replacement, but rather a mish-mosh of AA and AAA pitchers including J.A. Happ and Carlos Carrasco.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 .267
Victorino, CF 5 1 2 4 1 1 1 .274
Utley, 2B 6 1 2 0 0 2 6 .298
Howard, 1B 5 1 2 0 0 1 4 .218
Burrell, LF 3 1 2 2 1 0 0 .275
  1-Werth, PR-LF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .268
Jenkins, RF 5 0 2 1 0 1 4 .243
Feliz, 3B 4 0 0 1 0 3 6 .256
Ruiz, C 2 1 0 0 3 0 2 .213
Kendrick, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .129
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Taguchi, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .203
  Gordon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Dobbs, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .327
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 40 8 14 8 6 9 26  
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Philadelphia Phillies – Scalping the Competition

The Philadelphia Phillies finished up a 3 game series at Turner field in which they tomahawked the Atlanta Braves into submission.  Ryan Howard went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI’s by clubbing 3 doubles on Sunday’s game.  Shane “the Flying Hawaiian” Victorino also went 3 for 5 with 1 RBI allowing the Phightins to win over the Braves in a 6 to 3 decisive victory.  The Phillies left their boomsticks in the dug-out and putting to rest any question of their ability to manufacture runs without the longball.  Adam Eaton pitched well giving 6 full innings, but Chad Durbin received the win.  Brad Lidge was also able to achieve his 17th save since moving with the Phillies which ties him for 1st in the National League and for 4th in MLB for 2008.  The Phillies have the day off tomorrow and then they move onto Florida for the 2nd stage of their road trip.  The Phillies will be looking to fill their stringer full of wins against the Marlins to increase their 3.5 game lead.  Brett Myers (5.13 ERA) will be starting on Tuesday in search of his 4th win of the season.  He will be facing against the right-handed hurler Ricky Nolasco (5.05 ERA) while the Phils are looking to draw closer to Jimmy Rollins’ 100 game prediction.  Go Phightins !!

Philadelphia Phillies – Last Stand Series

The Philadelphia Phillies have already plundered 2 games from the Atlanta Braves solidifying their dominance in the N.L. East.  The first game came to fruition due a fielding error by Braves 2nd baseman Kelly Johnson and yesterday’s game was won with the longball by Ruiz, Burrell and Rollins.  The Phillies have been more effective at manufacturing runs and reducing the runners (LOB) left on base.  Along with their already potent offense, Jimmy Rollins has shown signs of producing run support with his 9th inning 2 run homerun off of the Braves righty Jeff Bennett.  Kyle Kendrick pitched well despite J.C. Romero recording yesterday’s win.  Today Adam Eaton (4.63) will take the mound in search of his 3rd win against against the right handed Atlanta Braves hurler Jorge Campillo (1.79 ERA).

Philadelphia Phillies – Myers Bumped Into His Shadow

Brett Myers the Philadelphia Phillies number one starter seen glimpes of himself today in the 2-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.  Myers went 7 1/3 innings with only 1 hit produced from the Reds 1st baseman Joey Votto ending Myers hopes of a no hitter.  Myers must still be pleased with his performance tonight considering his recent struggles with control around the plate.  The Phillies left 5 runners tonight in scoring position and were not able to manufacture the hits needed to bring them home.  Phils will finish their homestand at Citizen Bank Park tomorrow ending their 4 game series against the Reds.  They will go on a 9 game road trip starting off at Turner Field playing the Atlanta Braves.  Atlanta is currently 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the division.  Go Phightins !!