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Gameday: Braves (86-65) at Phillies (90-61)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 21, 2010 06:07 PM | Comments: 0
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Atlanta Braves (86-65) at Philadelphia Phillies (90-61)Atlanta Braves

Mike Minor (3-1, 5.84 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (19-10, 2.49 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather:
Clear, 66
TV: CSN
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Four up with 11 to play. The Phillies can take a commanding five game lead in the National League East tonight with a win behind Roy Halladay. Atlanta is going to get sick of seeing aces real quick.

Halladay wants to join some elite company in Phillies history this evening. With a victory, he’ll get his 20th, putting him in a class with Steve Carlton, Chris Short, and Robin Roberts as the only pitchers since 1917 to have 20 wins or more for the club. Quite an honor.

Atlanta, in their quest for a playoff berth, is countering with 22-year old rookie Mike Minor. You’d think they would have set up the rotation in a way that would make this a series, but the Phillies have a clear advantage right now. As Charlie Manuel likes to say, it’s all about the here and now, he won’t look ahead and neither will the lot of these guys.

In his pre-game presser, he talked highly of Wilson Valdez. The 32-year old shortstop has done an admirable job of filling in for Jimmy Rollins, no matter how depressing his 19 double-plays are. As Rollins continues to heal slowly – there is no timetable yet for his return, but Manuel did say he’s getting better – Valdez will be called upon keep the defense in order. Can’t heap enough praise onto him.

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

Victory LagerYour gameday beer: Wild Goose Pumpkin Patch

This Maryland-based fall brew was ranked among the 10 best pumpkin beers by beerinfo.com, and tis the season. Beer Advocate gives it a solid B rating, so this is a fine brew to pick up while you enjoy the autumn breeze flowing through the open windows. Nose and flavors consist of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, toasted grains, some sweet malt. Your usual pumpkin ale spice profile, but a tad muted. Makes it slightly easier to drink than Punkin Ale by Dogfish, in my opinion. - Pat Gallen
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  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    heh

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Braves are finally showing there true colors.

    its playoff time baby

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Prado booted that ball because the Phils have a small stadium and changed their rotation. LMAO!

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    We just need a single Shane…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    great defense
    The braves are a mediocre team who over achieved

    was a lovely story.

    Now if you can hold on and keep Sf or colardo you will have served a purpose. Besides Mccann all star hit.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    bust it open vicky

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    crap. this pitcher is a green boy..

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Really would be nice if Jason got hot.

    Dont know if we have room for Jimmy at this point.
    wonder if he will be put back leading off

     
  • Posts: 0 bailey

    Wow. Horrible , brutal. What other words describe Victorino’s AB?

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Victorino looks clueless up there tonight. I’ll take the three runs, though.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    victorino needs to not try to drive the ball

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    psujoe- LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 bailey

    Halladay’s not sharp. Can’t put guys away w/ 2 strikes.

    bullpen by the 6th,

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    come on doc. struggling all of the sudden. this game should be lock down.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    lee is just a waste. juice has stopped. same with sarge’s son jr. the juice stopped and so did he.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Lee isnt a waste
    He hits 220 with 1 homer for Phillies main opposition

    Its funny when Sarge talks about the juicers. Like Sarge though. Was one of my favorite players when i was a kid.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    @bailey— have you been watching all year ?

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I think Bailey maybe an impostor

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    SUP BOYS ? —– I’ll be poppin in n out —– at a buds house with friends watchin game

    GO PHILS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Think your right chuck —- theyre ashamed to show themselves

    hey chuck how bout your boy Jason ?

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    If J-Dub keeps up like he’s been, I may actually miss him

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    C-mon Doc

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Ankiel that was a dirty play and if he was reaching for the base even he doesnt deflect that ball.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Nice way to end that inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Halladay should get 1 more start and it shuold be a limited start to get him ready for game 1 of the playoffs

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Lets put another crooked number in this inning

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    what great defense

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    its a sad day when the only hit with RISP is Jayson Werth

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    vic has cost us some runs tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Base running mistake by McCann… what in world was he thinking ..,

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    thanks again Mccann
    :)

    The braves look pretty bad with the errors and base running

    This is not A+ Halladay again
    Hope with the presure off he will relax and get rest if thats what he needs.
    Want A+ Doc for playoffs

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    thats huge risk McCann took.. horrible,

     
  • I think vick being named starter has this crowd in a daze,i swear its as quiet as it as been all year!!!!!!LETS GO PHILLIES!!!!!

     
  • PSU JOE-YES ALL YEAR……

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Its good for me fantasy wise
    but i am starting Shaub this week vs the poor Cowboys defense.
    Benching vick :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Kendras hubby got cut
    and they are all in love with Mcnabb now here in DC.
    That wont last

    OK I got that out of my system

    Go phils

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Is Doc pitching well? 2 runs is nothing but he’s already got a high pitch count

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    NOt up to his best standards
    but better than almost anone else can still

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Halladay at 90 pitches.., Thats all i am looking for.. get to phillies bullpen somehow

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Agreed, he really hasn’t seemed like himself though. Hold em down til the 8th and send in bridge to lidge

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    J Dubb. Does he have to do it all for us tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    yea desi , just like you were wishing last nite , how’d the phils bullpen do then ?

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Werths on fire

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    AHHHHH I wanted that

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    to her credit mike, cole went 8 tonight.

    madson is rested, lidge looks great

    we HAVE to bring these guys on base in

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    We have to get a 2 out hit here–come on RAUL !!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    CREDIT MY A$$ ——- How many times are we gonna need middle relief with H20 pitching ?

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    miked, hope is a good thing always :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    raul!

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    THAT WAS HUGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
 
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