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Halladay Knocked Out in 2nd; Braves Win

Braves 8, Phillies 2
WP -Mike Minor (10-10, 4.27)
LP – Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40)

PHILADELPHIA — Roy Halladay hasn’t had a start this bad since September 10, 2006.

Halladay was knocked out in the 2nd inning, his shortest start in over six years. A Freddie Freeman three-run homer in the 1st and Jason Heyward’s three-run double in the 2nd chased Halladay from his start in the 7-2 win.

With St. Louis winning, the Phillies dropped back to four games out of the Wild Card with 10 to play.

3B: Frandsen (2). HR: Howard (14).



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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Sell Out Streak Ends For Phillies in 6-1 Loss to Braves

Braves CF Michael Bourn hits an RBI single in the 4th inning. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Braves 6, Phillies 1
WP – Ben Sheets (4-1, 1.41)
LP – Vance Worley (6-7, 3.83)

PHILADELPHIA — After 257 sell outs, the Phillies impressive streak comes to end.

In a season mired by injuries, losing and a mini fire sale, the final piece to an unsuccessful season was inserted into the puzzle. With that streak ending the Phillies dropped one to the Braves, 5-1, in a total miserable showing that represented the season.

Starting with Vance Worley, it all went down hill. Worley, who has been pitching with a bone chip in his right elbow, couldn’t get out of the 4th inning.

Worley was awful, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two in only 3 2/3 innings. Worley threw 74 pitches, only 45 for strikes.

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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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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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Series Preview: at Atlanta Braves

PHI: 11-12, 4th in NL East; ATL: 14-9, 2nd in NL East

When: May 1-3
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73) vs Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.95) vs Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.00)
Thursday: Joe Blanton (2-3, 3.81) vs Randall Delgado (2-2, 6.30)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:10, TCN
Wednesday, 7:10, CSN
Thursday, 12:10, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Worley finishes 3rd in NL ROY voting

(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

It was an excellent rookie season for Phillies surprise starter Vance Worley.

But was his 10-3 record and 3.01 ERA enough to topple Atlanta’s two incredible rookies? That answer was a no.

In a unanimous decision, Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel took home the National League Rookie of the Year award with first baseman Freddie Freeman finishing second. As for the Phillies starting pitcher, a bronze medal was awarded for his surprisingly stellar season.

The battle was between apples, oranges and pears. It’s not often you see a starting pitcher, closer and offensive force all make top three cases for the rookie honors.

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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

Braves power past Phils

The frustration could be felt throughout the entire stadium.

It started with Cole Hamels, then drifted to the offense, found its way to the bull pen and left the fans feeling hung out to dry. Hamels couldn’t catch any breaks and the Braves used three homers to take the rubber match, 5-2, and beat the Phils Sunday night.

Hamels was good despite the two mistakes he left over the plate. The first was from Alex Gonzalez, who hit a two-run homer off Hamels in the 2nd. But the lefty appeared to shake it off, mowing through Atlanta’s line up until he was taken yard again, this time by Freddie Freeman in the 5th.

Hamels’ night, though it will be, should not be defined by those two bad pitches. He finished after seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits, one walk and striking out nine. Read more of this post