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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
TV: MyPHL 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation

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?

Grand Slam Baseball BeerYour Gameday Beer – Manayunk Brewpub’s California Dreamin’
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

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 jt

    That’s the 2nd time in the last couple days he’s been hit one of our pitchers needs to throw a retaliation pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    okay jason don’t all the sudden go “flowers for algeron” on us

     
  • Posts: 0 Mortal Combat

    Finish ‘em..

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I like the “Flowers for Algernon” reference, j reed. I assume you mean regressing from Grand Salami to a Burrell-esque K?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mortal Combat

    Well Done Jason!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Why would Ryan Howard steal 3rd? Dumb. Is this Perlozzo’s doing?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mortal Kombat

    WTF??

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Did Lopes call that steal? Wha?

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    2nd Phil caught at 3rd? What?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Did our base coaches suddenly go crazy or are our guys channeling their inner Michael Bourn?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    It’s like the Nats spread some of their stink on the Phils.

    Tom Cruise will be calling soon, j reed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Phillies are playing very well tonight but stop trying for third. Not smart baseball with big hitters coming up. Frans. cost us a run and the same in the 8th. we would of had one of those runs. stop baby stop.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    O say can Rosie Odonnell Siiiiiing

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Damn, the Fish are up 3-2 in the top of the 9th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Reds chocked…3-2 Fish top 9

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    4-2. damn

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    wow, the marlins scored 4 in the 9th

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    j reed, im a believer in tyler walker

     
  • Posts: 0 T. Walker

    Hey Chipper, Chip this *itch!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Save situation. Damnnnn.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    NOOOOO!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    what the hell has happened to Tyler Walker all of the sudden?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    And my emergency beer kit is empty too…well this sucks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    5-3…Lidge’s vodoo powers are amazing…

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Here’s to hoping Madson gets the last 4 outs….

     
  • Posts: 0 Jason B

    On second thought, maybe I don’t like Brian McCann so much after all.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    WHO will close?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Eyre and Romero… COME BACK

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Don’t those dumb*ss fans in Atlanta ever get sick of singing that idiotic chant?

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Nats pull within 11.5 games of Mets….

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    walker coming back to reality now brad lidge stands between us and a win.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    Not a very good pitch to McCann from Walker on the HR. Phillies keep giving him what he likes.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Mike D. with the Phillies pen you need an emergency to the emergency kit of beer.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Walker actually made a prety good pitch..Some times you just have to tip your hat to the Hitter… It’s 4-3 Fish

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Cincy’s made it 4-3…. Homer by Juan Francisco bottom of 9th.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Lidge will blow it the braves love to face him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    I just hope our idiotic base running doesn’t come back to bite us….

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    crap i gotta call tom crusie and travolta….gimmie that e-meter…

    NJ – Mike Zagurski…i just looked up his picture, wow.
    http://images.google.com/images?q=Mike+Zagurski&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7DMUS&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=OTi0SqKNBYiI8Abi67m8DQ&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4
    man for someone thousand of miles away, your knowledge and love of the Phillies is amazing. You need to figure out how to get here. If dropping a Zagurski reference isn’t proof of this then I don’t know what is…What about grad school like University of the Arts, i don’t know if they a flim department, but someone must have one.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Nah jt… We’ll be alright…Lidge will get the job done….It might not be pretty, but he’ll get the save… The huge ballpark is Lidge’s best friend rght now…

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Why is LIdge coming in? Why couldn’t Chollie bring in Lidge in after the McCann HR in the 8th inning when he only had to get one out!!

    The Phils best reliever came in to get one out and now the Phils worst reliever has to get 3 outs. How does this make any sense?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    They took Madson out!!! WHAT? WHY!!

    I agree Griffin… should’ve done it the other way around!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ian

    Feeling ill at the thought of Brad Lidge in the 9th. Can Backo block his slider? Any runners on base will steal 2nd. Ugh.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Let’s hope Matt Stairs saves Brad Lidge’s sorry a$$

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Why are they missing so many pitches to hit tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    I won’t fault Texas Walker Ranger for that…it’s McCann afterall. My first fantasy team i had McCann in his rookie break out year and Joe Mauer. Also david wright.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Is Charlie seriously going to use Lidge in a save situation of this magnitude against a team who needs a morale booster to try and get back in this? I swear to God, if Lidge blows this, I will actually look forward to the fact that I am going to miss the next two games because I’ll be down in NC for a wedding.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    JIM-MAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    JIMMMMMMMYYYYY

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    WOHOOOOOO THANK YOU JIMMAY!! NO BS for Lidgey tonight!!

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    nice. that fan blew that catch in right field. hehe.

     
 
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