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Gameday: Braves (68-61) At Phillies (74-53)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, August 30, 2009 07:15 PM | Comments: 166
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Atlanta Braves (68-61) at Philadelphia Phillies (74-53)

Jair Jurrjens (10-8, 2.91 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (8-6, 3.88 ERA)

Time: 8:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 76
TV: ESPN
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Last night, the Braves slugged their way to a victory against Cliff Lee and the Phillies.  The Phillies offense  needs to step it up in the rubber match game of the series.

The Curacao native has had himself a fine year with a 2.91 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.  Against the Phillies this season, Jurrjens allowed only two earned runs in 19.2 innings.  In his career against Philly, he is 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA.  The Phillies cumulative lineup is batting .188 against him.  It will not be easy for the offense to get back on track with Jurrjens on the mound.

Joe Blanton will get the start for the Phillies tonight.  After a slow start, Blanton has been dominant since mid-May.  Blanton was hurt by the long ball in his last start. He has given up 24 home runs this season.  Blanton has struggled against the Braves.  In 26 innings, he is 0-1 with a 6.58 ERA.  The Braves lineup is collectively batting .313 against him.

If Blanton pitches the way he has of late and the offense can get back on track, manufacturing runs via small ball with runners in scoring position, the Phillies should be in good shape under the national spotlight.

 

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    well, he sort of came through.

    If you are Blanton are you just swinging at garbage to just strike out and not risk GIDP?

     
  • Posts: 0 Sean

    That is a hit with RISP, nobody scored though.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, now we *REALLY* need to make this pay…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    Hey…can we please all start up a nationwide prayer that will at least get two runs in from this situation?

    Everyone! No matter where you are! We HAVE TO SCORE HERE. I’m TIRED of seeing runners STRANDED with one or NO OUTS!!

    PLEEEEEAASSSEEEEEE.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    hehehe. Yeah, let’s see Joe the Lumber get a grand slam…

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Andrew it’s puzzling, pitches have to have a certain amount of fear of throwing pitches in the zone but it relies on the hitters being able to drive those pitches, the guy must feel almost un-hittable and the hitters clearly aren’t waiting on their choice of pitch. I suspect his style of pitching and patterns are unreadable to the point the hitters can’t find those little signs to jump on so their not comfortable taking pitches and working the count.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    Wow. Never mind. Ed called it. Friggin’ a.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh, my, Joe, such language. (it was not hard to read the “f” word on his lips)

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    dumb phillies,why didn’t they just tell blanton to stand there and not swing?Rollins will swing at the first pitch and make an out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    ugh. Worse thing Joe could have done.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    WTF was Blanton swinging? I don’t get it. When you know your team can not hit with RSIP are you allowing your pitcher to hit the ball?

    Way to go Rollins.

    Once again, this offense with RISP is an absolute disgrace.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    That’s disgusting. That’s probably the fourth time in two games where we’ve had bases loaded with one out or less. And not scored anything.

    Absolutely disgusting.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Thats appalling. Again.

    The Dipsy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    This has been the story of the offense for the past week. RISP, No OUTS, and don’t score. Pathetic.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    come on Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    First off Joe should of kept the bat on his shoulder. This is why the Phillies wont win it all. They are the worst teams at clutch hitting.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    is their more of a predictable hitter then rollins?i can’t tell you how many first pitches i’ve seen that guy swing at and make an out.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Did everyone see the Mexican team beat China in the LLWS?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    HA
    Someone just complained about our pitcher whose career average is .088 average clutch hitting ability. I love it.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    That is a bit like a Reds fan complaining Paul Janish’s career ERA as a pitcher is something north of 40…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @JT: I agree, just stand there and take your strikes — or better yet, your balls — and let the top of the order take care of it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I did see they had on 12 year old who was 6-02 225 pounds
    I dont buy that.
    But chinese taipai used 18 year olds for many years back in the 80s so all is fair.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I bet the you Mexican team can hit with RISP.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    What’s with the Bonor commercial?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I like that joe was swinging away he did make good contact.
    Dude on first needed to be closer to the bag.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I don’t think people are complaining about Blanton’s clutch hitting ability at all but rather that the coaches did not instruct him to just stand there and take all the way. A strike out was a better outcome than what really happened which was lining into a DP.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    the good news?
    If we lose 2-1 we dont have to sweat out a Lidge save oppourtunity.

    which if he gets one I predict he will be lights out!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    hahahaha longest hit of Howards career.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I agree Andrew. Lidge has had rest. He will be Lights Out if given the chance.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    I think the Lidge haircut is the Giambi mustache of ’09! He deals the rest of the season!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Joe six-pack is dealing

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    This is Blanton’s 12th straight start giving up no more than 3 runs… We’re getting our monies worth from Phat Joe

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Bea-uti-ful bunt

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Lawrence
    Lawrence of overratedville

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Wow, Phillies manage to pull off a little bit of small ball… how if they can just score a demn run…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Told you Ruiz would come through…I just did not specify which at bat.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    CHOOCH!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    NJ – I think it’s the Roy Halladay formula- a good sinkerballer made better by an arsenal of 3 good off-speed pitches . Most sinkerballers are totally reliant on them and when they have problem getting the ball to sink or it breaks too late, it becomes an 88-90 flat fastball. If they have another pitch its not like it’ll be a be suprise when teams realize his sinker isn’t working. But if you have a varierty of pitches you can throw for strikes you can still keep batters off balance. I usually see sinkerballers struggle in heat of late summer when the air is less dense and therefore there is less drag which means a slower sink rate and a later break. He also benefits by McCann who I’ve heard keeps meticulous notes on pitchers and hitters.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    RUIZ DOES IT AGAIN!!! WOO HOO!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Ruiz always comes through

    i wonder if Larrys significant other calls him Chipper or Larry?

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    nice hit there i agree that a double and not an error because that is a pretty tough play,but oh well now it’s madson lidge time (yikes).

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    j reed- with Jurrjens I’d go as far to say it’s the Maddux formula

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Although tonight Jairs 4 seamer isn’t what I call an out pitch but is inducing weak fly balls in 2 strike counts.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Speaking of Roy Halladay…his record since the Trade Deadline deal that never was….

    2-4 with a 4.39 ERA..

    Damn it Madson…hitting the lead off guy, really.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    “Lawrence
    Lawrence of overratedville”
    HAHA, Lawrence what? Lawrence of Arabia?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Like i said not worried about Lidge

    Madson is another story!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    What has happen to Madson?

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    madson blows…that blown save messed him up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Lawrence may be my least liked Major Leaguer
    I do also believe he is over rated.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    It would be so nice to have a bullpen that didn’t leave me on pins and needles.

     
 
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