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Gameday: Braves (48-34) at Phillies (42-38)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Mon, July 05, 2010 05:58 PM | Comments: 148
2010 Gameday, Posts

Braves Atlanta Braves (48-34) at Philadelphia Phillies (42-38)

Derek Lowe (5-3, 4.53) vs. Roy Halladay (9-7, 2.42)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

Weather: Partly Cloudy, 94

TV: Comcast SportsNet/ESPN

Twitter: @philliesnation

There haven’t been a lot of reasons to feel optimistic about the Phillies recently. From bullpen implosions to losing Chase Utley and Placido Polanco for the indefinite future to dropping three of four to the perennially meek Pirates (and I’m not talking about their lone All-Star representative), the Phillies have suffered the kind of body blows that normally put a contender on the mat.

But though they are staggering like Rocky Balboa in his first bout with Apollo Creed, the Phils still have their feet under them. And starting tonight, with a three-game series at the Bank against the resurgent Braves, they have a chance to quickly regain their balance and make up lost ground in the NL East. And not only that, but to kick off this all-important series, the Phillies have the man who is unquestionably their ace, Roy Halladay.

But as good as he is, Halladay is not immune to failure. And just like his teammates (and in large part because of them), Doc has fallen on hard times recently, losing four of his last five starts, most recently on a two-run, eighth-inning homer by Jay Bruce on Wednesday in a 4-3 loss after having been staked to a 3-0 lead. Following a dazzling 6-1 start to the season, Halladay has sunk to a confounding, and in many ways stunning, 9-7. But there are always other considerations, and in this case a major one is that in those four most recent losses, Halladay received a grand total of seven runs of support. Not exactly a lot to work with, even for a pitcher with a 2.42 ERA.

I don’t have any hard numbers, but since mid-May the Phillies have seemed to play more nervously when Halladay is on the mound. In that span, the offense has scored more than three runs just once (the 9-0 blowout against the Blue Jays in the “road” series at CBP) and the defense even has seemed to play with less efficiency (and with so many starters out, that likely will be the norm for a while).

So, yes, it is still early July and the All-Star Game has yet to be played, but plain and simple, these next three games are the most important of the season so far.

Phillies Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Dobbs 3B, Valdez 2B, Sardinha C, Halladay P

Hoegaarden

Your gameday beer: Ayinger Brau-Weisse

Ayinger Brau-Weisse pours a very light, golden color, and has a standard citrus and floral taste. The beer is slightly bland and is very dry, almost like champagne. It’s not hard to drink by any means. Ayinger, however, rarely disappoints. And it comes in a cool bottle, so there’s that.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    3

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Can this get this team rolling?
    come on lets win this and get it rolling

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Chuck beware of the countdown!

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    i would have had more respect for Werth if he tried to go home and was thrown out, syas a lot about him and the club- no confidence, cannot play real baseball, no guts.
    Werth – what a pu_sy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I hate to be pessemistic (who me) but, I’d feel better with at least 1 more on the board

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Raul with the seeing eye single
    im feeling it

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Raul the ripper!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    ryan goes boom.

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    time to bring in lidge so we can lose it.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Big Fly for Howard

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    george your wrong. if werth went home on that he would of been out. ball did not get away that far and lowe did a great job covering.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    It was meant to be tonight!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    well he is hitting singles but 125 million dollars is for homers.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Huge AB for Werth. Come on.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    with the mets getting pounded, we would pick up a game on both..1 more inning for the good doc. to bad lee wasnt going tomorrow. just kidding.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Bone headed play by the braves pitcher. We need this run.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    good hustle by werth but it will be interesting how much money this season will cost him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    at least 1 guys… at least!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    wait… dobbs has had his ONLY good game all season and he’s being subbed by Castro?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    we need D brooks

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    only the phillies can screw that up. why the heck would you squeeze when the braves knew on the pitch before. charlie needs to go. my god.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    I missed most of the game. Why no pinch runner ofr Raul?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    LUCKY. Charlie manages himself out of innings.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Wow they blow it
    then get lucky
    Maybe the karma has changed

    amen

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    hooray

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Do you think someone is in the dugout saying, “Hmm, we got the lead, how can we screw this one up..” “I know, lets take Dobbs out and use Castro as a PH then, lets get our slowest runner to try and steal home.. that should do most of it..”
    Then lets put Lidge in the top of the 9th

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    we got 1!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    come on doc. 80 pitches, is that correct.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    doc is just being FILTHY RIGHT NOW.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    hey atleast we gave doc 3 runs last game and this game. he is in shock. this game is so HUGE.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Lee is great but he cant carry Roys jock

    Period.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    God I love that big sexy man!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 bureaucratist

    boy halladay does not eff around

    i think i’m going to become a mormon

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    THAT WAS A MASTERFUL INNING. MY GOD. just incredible.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    YAHOO! Way to go Roy!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kennedy

    Woo Woo

    The Doc Delivers

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Now lets
    WIN the next 2
    The mutts losing big

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    lol, andrew that was a sick inning. i went for a drink and missed it. i had to rewind my dvr. like tyson for spinx.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Dobbs swinging a hot bat. Halladay is the man!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    dobbs average is climbing boys. HUGE WIN. 4 Games.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    If this doesnt get this team going for tomorrow.
    I dont know what will
    That was an inspirational game

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Now THIS is what I’m talking about.

    No one minds a blow-out, but with Halladay giving up only one run, there’s no need for a blow-out. Two-run game decided it and maybe the offense saved a little something for the embattled Hamels tomorrow night.

    Dobbs, I owe you an apology tonight.

    Werth and Ibanez coming up with some good stuff, with help from Howard, Valdez, and some filthy defensive work.

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    that was about a big of a win as it gets in july!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!at worst we will only be 6 out instead of 8 hopefully we will win the next 2,but this game was just HUGE!!

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Greg Dobbs still owes the fans an apology, we don’t owe him anything yet, maybe if he can his average over .200 I’ll consider it

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Big win tonight doc really showed up tonight in the biggest game of the season…offense should score more runs though lowe isn’t that good anymore…great to see dobbs finally come up with a big hit too…

     
  • Posts: 0 knowsall

    Fools gold. Rollins did nothing again on his relentless pursuit of the Mendoza line.

    Victorino’s lost year continues.

    Babysingles by Howard and Werth don’t cut it.

    Again,team’s just a compltee mess.

    Think they’ll get this kind of piching the next 2 games?

    Me neither.

     
  • Posts: 0 Lee Walls

    Excluding Halladay, this version of the Phillies does little to generate lasting confidence. However clutch wins in the midst of adversity make fools’ gold look real.

    A solid catcher is gold. Most managers today are ex-catchers. Take a look.

     
  • Posts: 0 tea

    Thank you for sharing.I like Ìú¹ÛÒô

     
 
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