Braves Hand Game to Phillies

The Phillies were hoping to go into Atlanta and take at least two games from the Braves. They got one so far and it was gift-wrapped by Braves reliever Johnny Venters in the 8th inning. Venters’ wild pitch on a swinging strike three by Placido Polanco enable John Mayberry to score from third, giving the … Continue reading Braves Hand Game to Phillies

Game 24: Gaining Ground

The Phillies’ main goal these next six games are to gain ground in the NL East on the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and first place Washington Nationals. The Phillies currently sit 3.5 games out of first thanks to the current four-game skid the Nats find themselves in the middle of. If the Phillies can … Continue reading Game 24: Gaining Ground

Gload walks it off

Ross Gload and his fraying hip is alive! The league leader in pinch hits, despite entering the game with only four hits in his last 33 at-bats, came through with another timely pinch hit, leading the Phils to a series sweep of the rival Braves with a 3-2 come-from-behind win. Gload ripped a fair ball … Continue reading Gload walks it off

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.” 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 … Continue reading Werewolf in Philly: Raul’s blast wins it in walk-off fashion

Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

PHI: 55-33, 1st in NL East; ATL: 53-36, 2nd in NL East When: July 8-10 Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA) Probable Pitchers Friday: Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.44) vs Brandon Beachy (3-1, 3.23) Saturday: Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92) vs Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.52) Sunday: Cole Hamels (10-4, 2.40) vs Derek Lowe (5-6, 4.21) Broadcast Info Friday, 7:05, … Continue reading Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

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 … Continue reading Luck on the Phils side

Power behind the plate

The Phillies are set behind the plate, that’s a given. Brian Schneider and Carlos Ruiz each homers and drove in a combined seven runs to give the Phillies the 10-2 win over Atlanta. Schneider homered in the top of the fourth, a two-run shot of Braves starter Brandon Beachy to give the Phils the 3-2 … Continue reading Power behind the plate

The “Big Three” Is the Story this Series

By John Russo Charlie Manuel knows what he did just put his team in the best position to win. So does Bobby Cox, who knows what it’s like to have a “Big Three” on his roster. “It’s unbelievable,” Cox said before Monday’s game. “Oswalt’s been dynamite ever since he got over here. It’s a good … Continue reading The “Big Three” Is the Story this Series

Hamels is Electric

By John Russo PHILADELPHIA — Perhaps the playoffs already started for the Phillies. With rally towels waving and the crowd excited like it’s October, the Phils took the first of their critical three-game series with the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, on Monday night behind eight strong innings from starting pitcher Cole Hamels. The win expanded … Continue reading Hamels is Electric

Series Preview: Braves

PHI: 89-61, 1st in NL East ATL: 86-64, 2nd in NL East Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA) Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports Probable pitchers Mon: Cole Hamels (11-10, 3.01) vs. Brandon Beachy (0-0, 0.00) Tue: Roy Halladay (19-10, 2.49) vs. Mike Minor (3-1, 5.84) Wed: Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.90) vs. Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.62) Broadcast Mon: 7:05; … Continue reading Series Preview: Braves