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Series Preview: at Atlanta Braves

PHI: 45-54, 5th in NL East; ATL: 54-44, 2nd in NL East

When: July 27-29
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.23) vs Ben Sheets (2-0, 0.00)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.70) vs Mike Minor (5-7, 5.49)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 4.32) vs Tim Hudson (9-4, 3.71)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:35, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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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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Phils, rain help to drown out Braves’ division hopes

When it rains, it pours. And in the Braves’ case, that isn’t a good thing.

In front of a rain soaked crowd that patiently waited out a near two-hour delay, the Phils handled the Braves once again, increasing their division lead to 9.5 games and pretty much ending all hopes for the Braves in taking the division.

Vance Worley was strong after the delay, pitching well enough for the Phils offense to do their job and lead the Phils to a 6-3 win.

Worley only went six innings due to the overuse of pitches, something he struggled with early in the season. But he was still very effective, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out seven through mostly pouring rain.

The Phils struck right away in the first. Chase Utley rocked a solo home run to right center, landing in the bull pen to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. They tacked on another runs when Ryan Howard, Hunter Pence and Raul Ibanez hit follow-up singles to score Howard and make it 2-0. Both runs came with two outs, a new trend the Phils have been setting as of late.

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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

Halladay’s Season

Ace Roy Halladay has been a blessing for the Phillies this season. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

When the trade went down back in December, Phillies fans were left with two questions. The first was why would they trade away Cliff Lee? There was never a clear answer other than they wouldn’t be able to sign him and it was a move to restock the farm system. The second question was how well will Roy Halladay do this year as a Phillie? Well Halladay answered that question pretty clear.

In fact, Halladay’s statement was so profound and so clear that he should be a top choice for the NL Cy Young. Halladay has won the award before in 2003 with his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Halladay’s numbers this year are set to blow that season away.

Halladay’s spectacular season may get overlooked though with it being the year of the pitchers. Guys like Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez, Adam Wainwright, Tim Hudson, and Halladay are all enjoying very nice seasons this year.

Through August 15, here are their stats:

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Phillies Fall Before Delay

The Phillies Carlos Ruiz was out at home despite a collision with Brian McCann in the seventh inning. The play was on the back-end of a bizarre 5-4-2 double play. AP Photo.

The Braves seemingly got three free runs prior to the second inning rain delay. They carried the momentum after the hour-long break to win it 7-3 over Philly and expand their lead in the division to 1.5 games.

Tim Hudson remained in after the delay and allowed only a two-run homer to Ryan Howard in the sixth. His final line consisted of six innings of good work, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Cole Hamels didn’t last after the delay, allowing a three-run homer to Troy Glaus in 2/3 innings pitched before the skies opened. As the rain fell, it washed away their chances of re-taking first.

The Phillies used six relievers after the delay. They couldn’t keep the game close but pitched an admirable 7 1/3 innings, allowing only four runs.

Glaus continued his tear when he drove in 28 RBIs in May with three more this game. Martin Prado continued his all star bid with his 16th double and Yunel Escobar added two hits.

The Phillies gave Atlanta a scare in the ninth. With two outs and runners on second and third, Wilson Valdez drove in a run to make it 7-3 and then Chase Utley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Billy Wagner came in with two outs and got Howard to ground out to end the game.

A couple of droughts were snapped in tonight’s loss though. Jayson Werth snapped his 0-for-21 drought with his major league-leading 23rd double and Howard’s homer was the first for the Phillies in 68 at-bats.

Doubles: Utley (11), Werth (23). HR: Howard (9).

WP: Hudson (6-1). LP: Hamels (5-4).

Boxscore.

Series Preview: Braves

Phillies (28-21; 1st in NL East) at Atlanta Braves (28-22; 2nd in NL East)

Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (1-3, 5.63) vs. Tommy Hanson (4-3, 4.06)
Tuesday: Cole Hamels* (5-3, 3.82) vs. Tim Hudson (5-1, 2.24)
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 5.04) vs. Derek Lowe (7-4, 4.86)
*Lefty

Broadcast Info
Monday, 1:05: CSN
Tuesday, 7:10: CSN/ESPN
Wednesday, 1:05: CSN

Player to Watch – Troy Glaus: Though Jason Heyward is turning into an early stud, Glaus has had one helluva May. After batting a horrible .194 in April, Glause is batting .323 with five homers and 25 RBIs during the month of May. Glaus isn’t much more past the plate. His glove isn’t what it used to be and he’s not a threat on the bases. If the pitching has him in check, the Braves will have to rely on their rookie Heyward.

Series Overview: The Phillies lead the season series 4-2… The Phillies are 15-11 on the road and the Braves are 16-6 at home… The Braves are sitting only a half-game behind the Phillies, who are desperately looking to find their offense. With Placido Polanco’s health uncertain and the Jimmy Rollins still out, it’s going to be tough… The Phillies haven’t hit a home run in 56 innings, their last six games… Atlanta has been on a tear, winning their last five and are 8-2 in their last 10 games… Cole Hamels is looking to continue on his path back towards being a great #2 pitcher as he faces Tim Hudson on Tuesday… If the Braves win this series, they will find themselves in first place.

Braves Shut Out Phillies

The Braves’ Brian McCann hit a pair of homers and Tim Hudson pitched six shut-out innings en route to an 8-0 route of the Phillies. J.A. Happ took the mound for the Phillies, going five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three. He allowed three homers, both to McCann and one to Martin Prado, the 2009 Phillie killer.

The Phillies mustered only three hits all game. Placido Polanco had two of them, one being a fourth-inning double that was the only extra base-hit all day for the Phillies. Jimmy Rollins had the other.

Boxscore.

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