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Gameday: Braves (67-60) At Phillies (73-52)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, August 28, 2009 06:30 PM | Comments: 119
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Atlanta Braves (67-60) at Philadelphia Phillies (73-52)

Tommy Hanson (9-2, 3.12 ERA) vs. Pedro Martinez (2-0, 5.14 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Rain, 67
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Coming off a terrible series against the Pirates, the Phillies look to rebound against the Atlanta Braves, who sit seven games behind the Phillies in the National League East.  Tonight is 70′s night at The Bank and the Phillies would like to get a win, something they did 101 times during the 1977 regular season.

Pedro Martinez will start against the rookie phenom, Tommy Hanson.  Martinez is coming off a win in which he allowed four runs in six innings.  Martinez started off slowly, but improved as the game went on.  Hanson will be one of J.A Happ’s competitors for the 2009 Rookie of the Year campaign.  He is 9-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.  Opponents are hitting .239 against him.  He has allowed only 8 home runs, but he does average more air outs than ground outs.  It will be interesting to see how he fares at Citizens Bank Park.

The offense is struggling for the Phillies, and it won’t be easy to turn it around against the tough pitchers they will be facing during the series.  Maybe a homecoming is exactly what they need to get the offense back on track.

Brew Free! or Die IPAYour Gameday Beer – Brew Free! or Die IPA
This libertarian beer is brewed by the 21st Amendment Brewery just down the street from AT&T Park in San Francisco and recently became available here in the Northeast. Not surprisingly, this IPA is aggressive on the hops and bitterness. If you drink it cold however, it can be a very enjoyable experience. Pair its strong flavors with some not-too-spicy chicken tikka. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    When I got howard in my fantasy draft it was always thinking he is good in late aug and sept
    and i am running away with it :)

    braves announcers suck. Idiot saying last years phillies team was way better. because of Lidge

    no way this team is just as good maybe better

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    i agree Andrew.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Chan HOOOO! Chan Ho! Chan Ho! Chan Ho! Chan HOOOOO! Chan HOOOO!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Marlins and Dodgers both lost.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    About MF time Ibanez. About MF time.

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    thats a way to break out of a slump,now get him home.

     
  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    Run Raul Run!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    big knock Pedro big knock!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Madson and Lidge…my drink/s

     
  • Posts: 0 TrappedInNYC

    They let Stairs hit and took Park out? Insanity…

     
  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    I am really tired of hearing Matt Die Azz’s name.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    To borrow an expression, Martinez and Moyer and pray for rain.

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    uh matt diaz it seems like kills the phils…hopefully giving the closer role a shot didn’t screw up madson again.

     
  • Oh Great maybe well be able to see Brad Lidge tonight hope Charlie goes to his man….he da man..I know the Braves want to see him…

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    ugh.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Why do I get the feeling McCann will hit a home run?

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Zip it Ed

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I was trying to jinx the Braves

     
  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    Everybody got your beers ready?

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    We have a BIG problem!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    I know, JK

     
  • Posts: 0 DJ

    Well my heart is stopping now!! Looks like we messed Madsons head up again!

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    giving madson a shot at closer f’ed him up once again,maybe dumb cholly will stop using him in them now.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    Prado should have been out at first; inning over. Ump blew the call.

     
  • Posts: 0 TrappedInNYC

    Who in their right mind would take Park out to bring Madson in? This is just insane..

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    OK, we need 15 more runs so I fee comfortable

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    That was much too exciting for my taste.

     
  • Posts: 0 DJ

    Whew that was ball four he swung at! Thank god!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Trapped: The same guy who will put Lidge in to close it. :(

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I agree George but most people wanted Lidge out and Madson in so Charlie did what he had to. Was never my first choice but whatever. Hopefully Madson can just settle in to being set up man.

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    now it’s up to lidge (yikes),the braves are prolly liking their chops to see him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Colorado Joe

    The 9th will be very nerve wracking. I read someplace that Lidge got a haircut and hopes it will be lucky. I hope he thinks that will make a difference and then he pitches better….

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    on a positive note though only one of lidge’s 9 blowns saves have come at home.

     
  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    They are gonna go to Lidge. Why don’t we as Phillies fans cheer for him while he is out there, instead of talking about reasons why he shouldn’t be out there. Just a thought…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    well that is a positive note George. I like it. Hopefully you didn’t just ruin it for him haha.

     
  • Posts: 0 TrappedInNYC

    The announcers on the Braves feed were gloating about how Lidge is in the bottom 5 pitchers in all of baseball out of 330…in terms of ERA

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Just curious, why is anyone throwing anything within 5 feet of the strike zone to Howard?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Howard is just on fire. Now let’s see if we can do something with it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Walking to get to Raul: That’s more like lefty against slumpy.

     
  • Haircut for Lidge…nah! he should get that thing on his chin cut and shaved tho…..looks like the bottom of my Pit-Bull nut sack…9th inning the beer don’t work any more gotta get the big guns like some Uncle Jack

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Let them gloat…14 straight division titles…1 world series…I’ll take our 2 straight division titles and 1 world series, and garbage closer over baseball’s version of the Buffalo Bills any day.

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    looks like the angels just aquired kazmir from the rays.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well atleast Lidge is facing the 8,9 and 1.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    think unsexy thoughts. Think unsexy thoughts.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Kazmir might be the 2nd worst pitcher in baseball this year

     
  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    The mighty Pirates fall tonight, 8-6 to Milwaukee. Maybe if the Brewers had Lidge in relief tonight, the Pirates might have pulled it out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    two down… dare I get my hopes up?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Ok so clearly Lidge pitches well with rest. Can Charlie just stop using Lidge on back to back days? Use one of the other 6 guys in the bull pen. It’s honestly not that hard to do. Lidge has to understand, its just business.

    That slider was filthy tonight…

    Phillies are within a ball hair of the NL’s best record.

     
  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!

    GO LIDGE!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Phhhhhhhhhwew.

     
 
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