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Gameday: Phillies (85-60) at Braves (78-68)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, September 18, 2009 06:45 PM | Comments: 183
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Philadelphia Phillies (85-60) at Atlanta Braves (78-68)

J.A. Happ (10-4, 2.77) vs. Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.63)

Time: 7:30 p.m at Turner Field in Atlanta
Weather: 60% chance of showers, 71
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The Phillies embark on a 10-game road trip that starts tonight in Atlanta, and will move them through Miami and Milwaukee thereafter. They will try to follow up yet another outstanding performance by a starting pitcher, the latest from Cole Hamels.

Hamels fanned 10 over eight strong innings, even taking a perfect game into the sixth inning.  Tonight, J.A. Happ returns from a strained oblique muscle to face the Braves for the third time this year as a starter. He has also faced them once as a reliever.  His numbers are fantastic against Atlanta in ’09, as Happ stands 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA over 16 innings of work (two starts).  All told, he’s faced the Braves as a starter four times, (five times overall) with a 2-0 record and an ERA just a shade above two.  One would think Happ will be put on some sort of pitch limit, being his first appearance in 16 days.

Tim Hudson takes the hill for the 15th time in his career against the Phillies.  His track record is decent, going 4-5 with a 3.79 ERA.  This year has been a short one for the diminutive hurler as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He can still be lights out, although his best days were certainly with the Oakland A’s.  A few Phils have great lifetime stats against Hudson. Ryan Howard has a .323 average against him, with three bombs (all coming in one game), and Raul Ibanez has seen plenty of Hudson in the AL.  He’s slammed 13 hits in 38 at-bats, including a homer.  Shane Victorino has two homers and six RBI in 25 career AB’s, but is out with gastrointestinal problems. Ben Francisco will start in his place.

The Braves will come out with all they have tonight as they attempt to make a late run at the NL Wild Card.  Will J.A. Happ be up to the challenge?

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Here in Philly, it turned into a beautiful Friday, so celebrate by sitting out by the Schuylkill with a California Dreamin’.  The summer is nearly complete, so enjoy the weather a little bit more, and enjoy this 8.5 ABV brew down at the Brewpub. Their interpretation of CD is “orange-gold in color, lightly bitter but highly hoppy with a firm malt backbone.” Have a few and dream about the Phillies and where they might be in October. -by Pat

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  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Huddy hung that one…good work Francisco

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Way to not protect your player Charlie after he was clearly jobbed on a call.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Yeah Chooch is balling right now… If he can keep this up to a certain degree our lineup in the playoffs will be tough to pitch around… I smile everytime I think about how well he played in the World Series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Yeah Edr I thought he beat that… But why was he going there w/Utley and Howard coming up?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    who the hell steals 3rd with a left handed batter up unless your named carl craword or mike bourne…was franciso channeling daniel murphy

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    The big 4-0!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Ryan Howard 3, Braves 1

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    HOWARD AGAIN!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    WOW… Who was that the other day that was wondering if Howard had anything left in the tank? Any more questions?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I have no idea why Frisco was running. I can’t imagine the coach telling him to take off, makes no sense. But he was definitely safe.

    I guess Frisco doesn’t know the basic rule, never make the 1st or 3rd out at 3rd base.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    You know, as long as Howard is on the team, I gotta like the Phillies chances in a series vs the Braves and Cardinals, especially on the road.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    When i lived in DC and watched the Nats alot, the look on Frank Robinson’s face when Soriano pulled the same crap that Francisco just did was priceless…looked like accidently picked up nick johnson’s dip cup..

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Christ, this is unbelievable.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    If I could do what Howard did just once in at our company picnic….I’d bet that I would probably get the raise I asked for…

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    WTH is going on? Ruiz is out now.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Brian McCann – phillie killer that i just can’t bring myself to completely hate – i have a soft spot for catchers

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Yeah what the hell happened to Ruiz? What is going on with this team? Do we have a medical staff and trainers?

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    And here’s Bobby! He was safe, but so what……….

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I like McCann, a lot actually. I also like David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman….please don’t ban me for admitting that. Just thought I would be honest.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    Well, it looks like the Phils got a call back there.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    best dp combo in the bigs…does bobby need to go to his room…i love watching his face reach critical mass

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I like David Wright also. He is a really good player who is having a bad year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Taking out Esko with your season on the line instead of dealing with him after the game… Genius…Thank’s Bobby…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    But atleast Bobby gets out there to protect his guys. I never understood that about Charlie, he is possibly the biggest players manager there is but he hardly ever comes out of the dugout to argue on behalf of his guys, even when they get robbed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    ugh, left wrist sprain for Ruiz. Can this team stay healthy for the next two weeks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I like Wright because unlike most Met’s players he isn’t really flashy, he goes about his job and thats that. He is like Jeter in that regard but clearly not anything like Jeter in terms of skill. Jeter is one of the all time greats.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I really hope we don’t have to see the vaccum anytime soon.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    A left wrist sprain? I hate Atlanta. Somehow I’m sure it’s their fault. Well, at least he bats and throws right, so HOPEFULLY he won’t be out too long.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    I can’t argue with you on that one Edr… I thought Charlie was way to calm on the blown Hr call against the Boston Redsox…. You could tell Dobbs was a little disappt. at that… Well, Bako will get the abs he needs to get sharp for the ps…Get well soon Ruiz… We need you big time come October..

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    And Bobby was right to pull Esko…He beats that play if he hustles out the box…

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Ed R. – yeah we have trainers, i think i saw about 10 of them piling into a clown car

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Great play J=Roll!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Was the clown call one of the retired old bullpen cars? I wish those were still around.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jason B

    Well if it’s true confessions time, I will also admit to liking Ryan Zimmerman, David Wright and Brian McCann. They come to play.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    when did we pick up kyle kendricks apparently more talented twin?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Thanks Jason B. I appreciate not having to walk the plank on my own.

    @ NJ, I think when Kendrick was traded back from Japan, they send the twin by mistake.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Kendrick for the 8th? I say let him stay in till the Braves bring the tying run to the plate…But it looks like Madson then Lidge… Charlie look outside the box sometimes…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    That should read sent, not send. I need spell check so badly.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Why cholly pulling kendrick?he’s just gotta get his boys madson and lidge in there.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Fish down 2-0…. There’s nothng wrong with app the baseball talents David Wright…I’d bring him here in a heart beat. Bfran you may have just cost us a another run… Get your head in the game….

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I completely disagree with using Madson and Lidge here. Even if it works out, Kendrick has not thrown that many pitches at all. Worry about Kendrick’s confidence for F sakes. He has bailed this team out twice in the span of a week. No respect.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Boston Redsox fans complain about Terry Francona’s decision making all the time. I thought they were nuts at first because of the rings, but now I see their point…

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Now THAT is the wonderful thing about baseball. Those matchups like J-Roll vs Medlen, an excellent runner facing a pitcher with an excellent pickoff move.

    The Braves are going to pitch to Howard in an RBI situation? Okay…

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    And I’m guessing that garbage lidge is officialy back to closing even though he shouldn’t be.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I dare them to throw a pitch near the zone to Howard.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    okay if we get a run here i’ll become a Scientologist…did the Braves violate the child labor laws…that last pitcher looked like he was 12 years old

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    They hit Howard? I guess for the Braves thats a small victory. Anyone feeling like they didn’t get their fill of salami a few nights ago?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Werth’s job right now is to basically not suck. A fly ball or line drive is really what we need to score. That’s all. No granny, no bases-clearing double required, just good contact. Jayson, just don’t suck, you hear?

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    j reed- careful with the accusation, the Braves will ire back with Mike Zagurski…

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    You gotta love this team’s mental steadiness… Howard had every right to get real mad there…. But he didn’t glance at the pitcher…..Beautiful…

     
 
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