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Gameday: Braves (86-64) at Phillies (89-61)

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, September 20, 2010 06:37 PM | Comments: 0
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Atlanta Braves (86-64) at Philadelphia Phillies (88-61)Atlanta Braves

Brandon Beachy (0-0, – ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (11-10, 3.01 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather:
Partly cloudy, 72
TV: CSN
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You want a playoff atmosphere? Well, you got it my friend. Tonight the Bank will be rocking – rally towels and all. The Phillies enter with a three game lead over the Braves in the NL East with 12 games remaining, six against each other.

To add to the drama, the Braves scheduled starter, Jair Jurrjens, has been scratched due to injury. 24-year-old rookie Brandon Beachy will start in his place. This move may favor the Braves as the Phils have not done well against guys they have not seen before. Not to mention Jurrjens’ struggles lately. Beachy has spent most of this season in AA and went 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA in 8 games in AAA before being called up earlier this month. He has an impressive 5.29 K/BB ratio – but of course, he has yet to face major league hitting.

And the Phillies have plenty of that. Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Phils have won 11 of their last 12. They are hot at the right time; even if those wins came against the bottom-feeders of the division. Nonetheless the bats are connecting, especially those of Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez. Plus, Cole Hamels is tossing some of his best games of his career. He has given up just a single run in his last 31 1/3 innings and over his last 13 games is 5-3 with a stingy 1.79 ERA.

There is no doubt tonight’s game a big one. Where will you be watching?

Today’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Hamels P

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GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    geovany soto come to mind anyone?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    madson isnt getting torn apart

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    that polanco will land you in major trouble ., he didn’t pick a single pitch cleanly today..

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    boy cole is a different pitcher. he is a stud this year. doesnt get rattled at all on the mound. i hate to see the rockies make the playoffs. the braves are going to down like the titanic.

     
  • nice job cole!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    hey bravoman idiot. different now huh. last time you played us we were hurt and playing bad baseball. now this is our time. step out of the way you moron. there is a train rolling through. a team that knows how to win.

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    I shouldn’t be talking much about the phillies fielding as Braves fielding sucks big time ;)

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    I’d be surprised if we didn’t see Madson next inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    jeff, and what if we come back and win this game?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    polly happens to be a very good fielder. saved us alot this season

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Mostone, i think Manuel will let Hamels pitch another one , unless the pitcher spot comes up this inning

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    That guy Moyland, the guy pitching now, looks filthy. I feel like we never hit him.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    you wont bravidiot. its over for your team. good run you had. thanks for keeping first warm. cole might pitch the 8th

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    I want Brad Lidge nowhere near this game.

     
  • huge walk right there!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Since we are at correcting names here,. it is Peter Moylan. He is an australian. Very interesting baseball story. after an unsuccessful attempt he started working as a salesman and then Braves hired him a few years ago and he is pitching great ever since..

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Lets pour it now boys, step on their throats

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Let’s get some run so that we can get King Cole some rest…

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    lets go…bomb time

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Werth is gonna go oppo-boppo with this one.. short swing

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    CARVED-HIM-UP!! That’s some serious heat right there, folks.

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    good time jeff

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    On one hand the Braves bullpen is doing a great job, i am worried that the entire arsenal is show cased in this game and we may need them again tomorrow

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Werth

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Fan on the field! Hahaha

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Wow. That was chipper larry jones running on the field. my god

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    OMG

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Did Matt Diaz drop the dude?

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Wow.., Phillies Fans gave Matt Diaz a Standing Ovation … WOW… Props to you guys….

     
  • Posts: 0 ExcuseHater

    Hate the Braves, but good for Diaz. That’s great!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Good job, Diaz, and good job by the real fans for cheering him tripping that loser!

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    what happen?

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    ChuckS, yes he did and he got a nice gesture from the crowd

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    1st of all polanco has been great defensively this year , he’s near the top of 3rd baseman in fielding perct. — look it up desi .

    2nd —– you keep asking for our pen , with our 3 top starters pitching into the 7th , 8th and sometimes 9th teams have to deal with Madson and Lidge who have been great the last 6 weeks , sorry desi nice try

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Yep, Philly doing what they do best…. make complete asses of themsleves. Stay classy Philly!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    I hope Diaz sprained that loser’s ankle.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I don’t know how I feel about Diaz tripping the guy, but oh well.. IT WORKED. Wertz got a hit!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    @Bravoturd: The real fans were cheering Diaz for dropping him.

    I hope that loser goes to jail.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    hey when you have 80 thousand someone is bound to do something stupid. in atlanta you have 10 people.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Good for Diaz! Not so good for Raul.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Jail?? Geez maybe we’re taking this thing a little toooo seriously. If he tried to punch someone, then yes. But if you’re being stupid, you should be fined, heavily.. but jail seems a little too much. My 2 cents.

     
  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    Go Cole

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Hamels still in? Great game, take your time Cole

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Big out. 1

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    manny — the phils do prosecute to the fullest extent of the law for idiots like that and they should. He’ll probably spend the nite in jail and pay a heavy fine

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I think that guy should have gotten tased

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Out number 2

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Wow – Cole is on FIRE.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Nasty. Just nasty.

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Impressive pitching by Hamels.., question is , is he coming back for the 9th? If not i have a hope :)

     
 
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