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Lee’s Record-Breaking Outing Not Good Enough For Win

Braves 2, Phillies 1
WP – Tim Hudson (18-6, 3.61)
LP – Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.18)
SV – Craig Kimbrel (39)

PHILADELPHIA — Cliff Lee set a Major League record today in the Phillies 2-1 loss to Atlanta.

Despite no offense, Lee pitched at least six innings while allowing only one walk for the 15th straight time, an MLB record.

A David Ross solo homer in the 2nd and Dan Uggla sacrifice fly in the 3rd was enough for the Braves. Lee was masterful the rest of the way, allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits while striking out 11 in eight innings.

The Phillies only run came on a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley in the 6th inning that cut the Braves lead in half, 2-1. Other than that, they managed only two hits all game.

Boxscore.

Kratz Ties It and Mayberry Ends In It Comeback Win

Phillies 8, Braves 5
WP – Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58)
LP – Christhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (31)

ATLANTA — Erik Kratz may have won the backup catcher spot for the 2013 season.

The 31-year-old catcher, getting plenty of time during Carlos Ruiz’s injury, hit a towering home run in the top of the 9th to tie the game up, 5-5. The homer was Craig Kimbrel’s third blown save of the season.

One inning later, John Mayberry hit a three-run homer to left field to put the Phillies ahead 8-5 and Jonathan Papelbon nailed the door shut in the win. It was Papelbon’s 31st save of the season and 250th in his career.

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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.

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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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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Uggla Outscores Phils, 3-2

A frustrated Roy Halladay sits in the dug out inbetween innings of the Phils 3-2 loss in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

And the struggles against the Braves continue…

Dan Uggla’s line drive home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth broke the 2-2 tie and gave the Braves the 3-2 win on Civil Rights Day. The Phillies have now lost the last two series against the Braves and trail th season series, 5-4.

Both teams wore 1974 retro jerseys to honor Hank Aaron’s record breaking 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth. While Roy Halladay looked great in the powder blue jersey, he looked even better on the mound, scattering eight hits in eight innings pitched and allowing just three runs.

However, Halladay ran into some bad luck today and took the complete game loss for the second straight game. Read more of this post

Luck on the Phils side

Everybody at Turner Field knew. Everyone sitting at home knew. Shane Victorino knew. Brian McCann knews and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez knew.

It was strike three. It was the pitch that would end the Phillies 7th inning scoring threat and keep them behind Atlanta heading into the bottom half.

But home plate umpire Dave Rackley called Eric O’Flaherty’s 0-2 pitch a ball, prolonging Victorino’s at-bat. Two pitches later, Victorino singled into center, scoring Rollins and tying the ball game at 4-apiece. Read more of this post

Series Preview: Atlanta Braves

PHI: 5-1; ATL: 3-4
When: April 8-10
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (1-0, 3.86) vs. Tim Hudson (1-0, 1.29)

Saturday: Roy Oswalt (1-0, 3.00) vs. Brandon Beachy (1-0, 1.50)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (0-1, 20.25) vs. Derek Lowe (1-1, 0.77)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, PHL 17

Saturday, 1:10, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – RF Jason Heyward:

In two straight seasons, Jason Heyward homered on Opening Day. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Heyward had a great rookie campaign last year, proving to the majors he was ready to take on this level of pitching.

But now with a year under his belt, Heyward has the pressure of avoiding that sophomore slump, cutting down the strike out numbers and turning into a dangerous and patient hitter the Braves hope he is for the next decade.

The 21-year-old New Jersey native is batting .250 with two homers and five RBIs from the six-spot to start the season with the Braves. But last season, Heyward struggled in his 13 games against the Phils, batting .163 (7-for-43) with a homer and two RBIs (the homer was a game-winner off Ryan Madson early in the season).

Philly will look to continue their success against Heyward as he will look to get his season underway against a division rival.

Overview: The Braves are the team to beat in the NL East… if you’re an idiot like Buster Olney. With the Braves off to a slow start and the Phils offense on fire, it should be interesting to see how the first match up of these two NL East front-runners goes.

The Phillies offensive surge could have come thanks to playing in their band box of a park at CBP. Turner Field is spacious and balls get lost in the outfield if hit over the fielder’s heads. But the Phils have played some serious small ball, homering only five times to start the season while leading the league with 56 singles and second in the NL with 43 runs.

Wilson Valdez (.429 avg, 3 2B, 5 RBI) and Ben Francisco (.320, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI) have silenced the critics on whether they could fill the holes left by the injured Chase Utley and the departed Jayson Werth. Ryan Howard is also off to a freakishly hot start, batting .480 with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs.

Catcher Brian McCann is off to a great start for the Braves, hitting .423 with five RBIs and newly acquired second baseman Dan Uggla has homered twice. Atlanta also has Chipper Jones playing solid to start. They just need All-Star Martin Prado and Heyward to turn it on.

Cole Hamels will be in need of a desperate bounce-back game on Sunday. He was shelled in Tuesday’s loss to the Mets and will hope to feast on a struggling Braves offense to get him in line with the rest of the aces.

This series will be the first test for the Phils. They can either keep up the hot start and gain some early distance on Atlanta or they could fall back to earth against a strong pitching team. The action starts tonight at 7:05 with Cliff Lee on the hill.

And for some bonus stuff, here is a little stroll down memory lane:

Hamels Fans 13 in Win

Phils lefty Cole Hamels strikes out a career-high 13 batters in the Phils 2-1 win over Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

I hate to break it to you Cole but you’re only going to get two runs of support tonight. Is that cool? What’s that? You said that isn’t a problem? Sounds good to me.

Cole Hamels struck out a career high 13 batters en route to a 2-1 Phillies win. His 25 1/3 scoreless innings streak was ended in the first inning by a Dan Uggla infield single.

Hamels ran out of gas in his outing, throwing 127 pitches but lasting only 6 2/3 innings. He gave up a run on five hits and two walks in the outing.

Shane Victorino did what a true lead-off hitter should do. The centerfielder went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring both of the Phillies runs.

Victorino led the game off with a base hit and was driven in by Placido Polanco’s double. Uggla’s RBI single in the bottom of the first proved to be the Marlins’ only answer for the Phils.

Victorino again led off an inning with a hit, a ground-rule double in the fifth. After a walk by Polanco and another by Ryan Howard two batters late, Jayson Werth grounded out to drive in Victorino to make it a 2-1 game.

Hamels’ 13 strike outs gave him 201 on the season, tying him for second in the NL with Roy Halladay. They both trail Tim Lincecum, who has 208.

It was also the first time since 1965 that the Phillies had two 200-strike out pitchers in one season. Jim Bunning (268) and Chris Short (237) did the feat 45 years ago. Though he didn’t pitch the entire season with the Phils, Roy Oswalt is only 26 strike outs away from 200.

In Hamels’ last five starts, he’s 4-0 with a .76 ERA and 39 strike outs in 47 2/3 innings pitched.

2B: Polanco (27), Victorino (24).

WP: Hamels (11-10). LP: Mendez (1-1). S: Lidge (22).

Boxscore.

Fish Fried

Joe Blanton has struggled early in the ballgames this season.  But he didn’t even have a chance to get behind due to the Phillies huge offensive outburst in rout to a 11-4 win.

Everyone got into the act hitting the ball tonight.  Carlos Ruiz led the charge going three-for-four with a home run and four RBIs.  Ruiz hit a big two-run home run in the fourth inning to make the score 4-0 and also walked with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

Jayson Werth was two-for-four with a home run and two RBIs.  Chase Utley and Greg Dobbs each added solo home runs for the Phillies.

Overshadowed by the offensive effort was an outstanding outing by Blanton.  Blanton went six innings only giving up one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Blanton’s season high in strikeouts was nine and he just missed tying that.  He kept the ball down for the most part.  He ran into a little trouble in the sixth inning but bailed himself out with a strikeout of Chad Tracy.

Blanton’s performance is especially big because the Phillies are counting on him to pitch well down the stretch.  He will also be counted on to start a game in the first postseason series most likely.

The Marlins added three runs in the eighth inning off reliever David Herndon.  Dan Uggla hit a two-run home run to provide some offense for the Marlins.

The Phillies win maintains their one game lead in the NL East.  The Braves kept pace by defeating the Washington Nationals tonight.

2B: Valdez (12). HR: Utley (14), Werth (21), Ruiz (7), Dobbs (5)

WP: Blanton (7-6). LP: Miller (1-2)

Boxscore

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