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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 Repeat!

    J-Rolll! Thank you….

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Yes! Hopefully Lidge can hold this lead now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    A f*cking men!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I can’t say “Francisco treat” now that Wheels said it.

    Anyone else get the sense that they’re doing their damnedest to keep us out of save situations?

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    BEN FRANCISCO!

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    LOL!!!! “Ben Francisco treat”.

    Taking out Madson doesn’t seem so dumb after all right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    San Francisco Treat? Come on Wheels. That was weak. Way to go FRISCO!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Save some of those runs…. The Eagles may need them against the N.O. Aint’s….

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Go jimmy that looked like the same pitch stairs fouled off but jimmy made him pay.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    joedad Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 11:02 pm
    Braves, shmaves. Our phightins are going to Atlanta to put a little paddle to their buttocks. Gonna do a little paddlin’ to the behind.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    it’s clobbering time again

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Cincy blows it – 4-3 loss to Marlins.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    They should still use Lidge. This way when he gives up two runs it still looks like we beat them comfortably.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Ah damn, Durbin, don’t mail it in, ya hear?

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    SDO, diesnt matter anymore, rosie is la la la la la la la

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    Man, when’s the last time Durbin pitched?

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    that mail is certified and on its way to the post office yo

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Durbin is somewhat rusty, BS.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    is Durbin going to be on the postseason roster?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    No he should not be on the post season roster, and neither should Lidge.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Well done, Phils, especially in that 8th and 9th.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Just to put into perspective for those rolling your eyes, Durbin hasn’t pitched in 9 days so no wonder he doesn’t look locked-in.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    great pitching by kendrick. this team is locked in fold.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I am ok with Durbin’s performance tonight but throughout the season he has not been very good.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    I vote for Kyle to get the Ashburn… He really saved us tonite!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Rooting for the Cubbies and Giants this weekend. Hoping the Phils make up ground in the race for NL’s best record.

    Well its been fun, off to the Corolla, NC tomorrow morning for a wedding, back Monday. Enjoy the games over the next two days. Go Phillies!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I second the vote for KK for tonights Ashburn.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Whichever way it shakes out I think it’s the Rockies I’d rather face so I’m hoping the Dodgers beat the Cards to the top spot which looks likely right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Phils play the Rockies if they get the top seed or if Dodgers get the top seed, right?

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    This would be the perfect road to being WFC…

    Rockies, Dodgers, Yanks

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    SDO – i’d really prefer
    the Rox, dodgers, tigers

    someone needs to airmail some Flintstones Chewable PEDs to the Tigers…stat

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    …but if we beat the Yanks, there would be no BS whining about the “best team” not winning.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    SDO -

    yeah it would be great and i think we match up well with the Yankees but 1] their new Yankee stadium is the “Bizarro” Yankees Stadium and it makes CBP look like AT&T Park in SanFran- I mean in one game between us and them early in the season, there were seven homeruns one of which was driven by a broken bat. Never seen that before. and they also have home field advantage which means on Game One no philly brewed heckling of CC Sabitha will be possible.
    2] to that yankees lineup, our bull pen looks more like a veal pen

     
 
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