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Phillies to Honor Atlanta’s Chipper Jones on Friday

The Philadelphia Phillies will honor a rival who has terrorized them for nearly two decades.

On Friday before their series with the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies will honor Chipper Jones, who plans on retiring at the end of the season. The Phillies join a handful of teams who already have honored Jones for his illustrious career, all while playing for one team.

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, the two longest tenured Phillies, are expected to take part in the ceremony.

Jones, who turned 40 this year, is a career .332/.442/.599 hitter against the Phillies with 49 homers and 151 RBIs in 243 games.

Phillis Epically Collapse In 9th

Braves 8, Phillies 7
WP – Peter Moylan (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-6, 3.02)

ATLANTA — Words still can’t describe what happened to the Phillies Sunday evening.

In a season filled with lows and late-inning collapses, the lowest point hit Sunday. The Phillies bullpen coughed up a four-run lead in the 9th inning, ultimately surrendering a game to the Braves in epic melt down fashion.

Possibly a bad idea, Jeremy Horst started the 9th after pitching an inning and a third. Holding a 7-3 lead, he gave up a one-out walk and single before being lifted for Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon quickly struck out Lyle Overbay for the second out, but walked Michael Bourn to load the bases.

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Bastardo’s Implosion Spoils Comeback

Braves 12, Phillies 6
WP – Chad Durbin (4-1, 3.07)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-4, 5.45)

PHILADELPHIA — With the swing of a bat, Ryan Howard capped a five-run comeback in the 5th inning to give the Phillies new life.

But the rally was lost in the 7th and Antonio Bastardo on the mound. Melting down in relief, Bastardo was shelled and the five-run 5th was erased as the Phillies lost 12-6.

Bastardo was beat up for three runs in the 7th. After getting the first two outs, he gave up a double and a pair of walks before being lifted for Josh Lindblom.

Lindblom proceeded to give up a bases-clearing double to Chipper Jones that gave the Braves a 9-6 lead. Atlanta scored one more in the inning off a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen.

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Braves Sweep Phillies With 6-2 Win

Braves 6, Phillies 2
WP – Tim Hudson (10-4, 3.68)
LP – Roy Halladay (4-6, 4.33)

ATLANTA — The lack of consistency in the second half is killing the Phillies.

The Phils followed up a four-game winning streak, and sweep of the Brewers, by getting swept by division foe Atlanta Braves. Again the offense couldn’t support a strong outing from it’s rotation, this time resulting in a 6-2 loss.

Roy Halladay had a decent outing, but some red flags remained after his start. Doc scattered three runs over the course of six innings on six hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Halladay retired the last 10 hitters he faced despite giving up a pair of solo homers to Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones. His cutter was averaging 88 MPH, a few ticks down from last season.

Halladay allowed two quick runs in the 1st inning, a homer to Heyward and an RBI double by Dan Uggla to make it 2-0. The next inning, Jones’ homer gave the Braves a 3-0 lead and that proved to be the winning runs.

A solo homer by Shane Victorino in the 4th cut the Braves lead to 3-1. Then Carlos Ruiz’s RBI in the 6th made it 3-2, but that was the closest the Phils got.

Three runs in the 7th inning off Jake Diekman gave the Braves a commanding 6-2 lead to seal the sweep.

HR: Victorino (9).

Boxscore.

This Sucks: Bastardo Implodes In 8th; Lose 5-0

Mets 5, Phillies 0
WP – Tim Hudson (7-4, 3.56)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-3, 5.34)

PHILADELPHIA — The above tweet says it all.

The Phillies of 2012 are finding newer and more awesome ways to lose baseball games. This time, Antonio Bastardo imploded in the 8th inning, walking in the go-ahead run before giving up a grand slam to Brian McCann in the Braves 5-0 win over the Phillies Friday night.

The monumental meltdown overshadowed the return of Ryan Howard, who went 2-for-4 with a single and double in the Phillies loss.

Howard received a chorus of cheers in the 2nd inning. On the second pitch he faced, he took Braves starter Tim Hudson deep to right-center field for a lead-off double. But in 2012 Phillies fashion, Howard was stranded at second.

Along with Howard’s return, Kyle Kendrick’s seven shut out innings were spoiled thanks to the bull pen’s inability to keep the Phillies in the game. Kendrick scattered four hits and a walk through seven, striking out five.

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Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

PHI: 37-47, 5th in NL East; ATL: 43-39, 3rd in NL East

When: July 6-8
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) vs Tim Hudson (6-4, 3.87)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (7-7, 4.85) vs Tommy Hanson (9-5, 3.70)
Sunday: Vance Worley (4-5, 3.46) vs Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 5.19)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:15, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Bullpen Killing the Phillies Right Now

Facts are facts: this Phillies bullpen really sucks.

Eight losses this season have been credited to the Phillies bullpen.

That’s a 16-game swing. Winning half of those games would give the Phillies an 18-14 record and keep that firmly planted out of the cellar. Instead, it’s been a nightmare watching the last few innings of every game.

The problems have been very recent. The bullpen has a 7.92 ERA (39 earned runs in 44 1/3 innings) in 17 appearances from April 21  to May 9 (stats from a tweet by Todd Zolecki).

In the past eight games, the Phillies bullpen cost the team a win five times dating back to the 15-13 debacle against the Braves. FIVE… and they were all against NL East foes!

Let’s look at those five games since you’re all incredibly miserable and there is nothing to put you in a worse mood.

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Jones Walks Off A Wild One

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz celebrates with 2B Freddy Galvis after hitting a three-run homer in the 7th inning. Ruiz had seven RBIs in the game. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Larry “Chipper” Jones has made a career killing the Phillies.

He did it again.

Jones hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning off of Brian Sanches in a wild 15-13 win by the Braves in a game that saw five lead changes. The Phillies entered the game at .500 but failed to get over that mark for the first time since being 1-0.

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Phils give 100 reasons to love them

The switch has been flipped.

Many thought the eight-game skid was something to worry about. The logical ones knew there was a switch somewhere to be turned on.

It appears the Phillies have find this switch and have hopefully locked it in the “on” position.

With a 4-2 win in Atlanta, the Phillies earned themselves their 100th win of the season, a number Mr. Jimmy Rollins himself said the Phillies would hit. And why not 11 more, Mr. Rollins?

It was the 3rd time in franchise history the Phils hit the 100-win mark. And with one more win, the Phils will tie that franchise record of 101 wins with a shot at 102 with a series sweep of the Braves.

The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Chipper Jones’ solo homer in the 1st and Alex Gonzalez’s RBI double in the 2nd. But Lee took command of the game, shutting down the Braves in his six innings of work. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six.

The Phils answered back with an RBI single by Placido Polanco and a solo homer by Rollins to tie the game 2-2. Raul Ibanez put the Phils ahead for good with RBI singles in the 6th and 8th to give the Phils a 4-2 win.

2B: Victorino (27). 3B: Victorino (16)). HR: Rollins (15).

WP: Lee (17-8). LP: Martinez (1-3). S: Madson (32).

Werewolf in Philly: Raul’s blast wins it in walk-off fashion

“I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at McFadden’s, his hair was perfect… Raaaaaaauuuuuul.”

Raaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuul

Raul Ibanez absolutely smoked a baseball in the bottom of the 10th as he propelled the Phillies over the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, with a walk-off home run.

Ibanez’s shot came with one out in the bottom of the 10th off Braves reliever Scott Proctor. It left his bat in a hurry and was gone as soon as he hit it.

Roy Halladay was fantastic as usual, but this time, a decision was not on the books for Doc. Halladay went seven strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven.

Atlanta got on the board first in the bottom of the 2nd. After a Chipper Jones single, Carlos Ruiz allowed a ball past him and Jones moved into scoring positon. He was then driven in by Freddie Freeman to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

The Phils answered right back in the bottom half with a Wilson Valdez sacrifice fly. But Atlanta made it a 2-1 game in the 4th when Dan Uggle hit an RBI single.

Then it was time for Ruiz to make up for his mistake in the 2nd. Chooch led off the bottom of the 4th with a solo home run that just made it over the wall to tie the game, 2-2.

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