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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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  • BIG HIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    RAAAAUUUUUULLLLLLL

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Bobby left Dunn for too long in there.., those were Dunn’s first runs alll season..,

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Your cool Desi , welcome here anytime

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Just fair, bigggg two out rally

    ANOTHER BRAVES PITCHER

    first earned run against Dunn

    LETS GO HALLADAY!!! #20

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    hmmmmmmm

    who has a better bullpen?

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    I wonder whos jersey I’ll wear around campus tomorro

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I always say when in doubt wear the Vick jersey

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    @desi —- braves bullpen is great but has bobby overworked them this year ? I’m pretty sure theyre near or at the top in innings pitched

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Andrew , i thought you hated the NFL , you play fantasy too ?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    bobby cox just smoked two packs. doc does not look like doc. TIRED

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Andrew , for your kind information.. Those were first runs allowed by Mike Dunn this year in 20 games or so.., It was a big mistake by bobby to let him face so many batters today.., moylan should be facing Werth.., Well will see how it goes., Very rarely braves bullpen gives up runs.. this is one of those days.,

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    of course i win money playing fantasy hockey too
    and i havent watched a reg season game since the 80s
    its too easy

    people (like on here) get attached to their players and stuff.

    I assure you I dont

     
  • Posts: 0 Pizza Bagel

    Esa pelota…..A LA IZQUIERDA!!!! Bateada por RAUUUUUL IBANEZ y dos Phillies van a crecer…….5 2 Phillies!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    No homeruns for the Braves? I thought we played in a sandbox

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Nice pizza bagel. Rauuul Ibanez

     
  • Posts: 0 bailey

    Cy on the line here for Halladay. HAsn’t been sharp again. Needs a big shut down inning here.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Poor bull pen
    bad base running
    errors

    Are we playng the Mets?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    LOL @
    sandbox

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    What a catch, almost ate my word. 2 outs

     
  • Posts: 0 bailey

    getting hammered by bottom of order . LAst inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    LOL

    Morgan? with the bomb

     
  • Posts: 0 bailey

    ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    I did eat my words…Freeman? Who

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Miked, Bobby always overworks the bullpen.. he has some wierd rules of lefty vs lefty etc .., he seldom allows the starters to go deep

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    FREEMAN. ARE YOU KIDDING ME DOC. DOC SCARES ME…Hamels has been much better

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Doc shuold be on a short leash here if anyone gets on

     
  • Posts: 0 bailey

    get him out cholly.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    doc has given up like 8 homers in his last four starts.

    freddy freeman should be working at exxon.

     
  • THAT MY FRIENDS WAS A MOOOOON SHOT!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Struck em out. Pull Halladay for a pinch hitter, let’s score more on this taxed bullpen and give it to MAD DOG

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    thats it
    madson and lidge

    personly i wouldnt mind durbin/romero to madson for the 9th

    i dont like lidge 2 days in a row
    but 2 is OK
    3 is unnacceptable

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Top of the order will have one more at bat tonight for the Braves, one more chance

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Too many bombs given up by doc recently , i know is era is good cause theyre always with the bases empty but i dont like it

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Freeman’s was a lucky stroke.

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Pheeling, You are looking at braves 1B prospect in Freeman, He is 20years old btw, Phillies better win as long as they have the costly old players like Doc, Oswalt , howard, utley under control etc., because the next two decades atleast the division will belong to Braves..,

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    morgan freeman is actually the 1b of the future

    it isnt Lee thats for sure

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Can you smell it ? ——- its a 7th inning rally to put this away for good

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    C-mon G-Load

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    nice passed ball

    good luck winning with an offensive catcher with 12 errors

    a passed ball on a strike LOL

    wheels is even making fun

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    C-mon Shane, you are due

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Damn

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Bad inning. Sounded good quick, hope somebody is up!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Man, that hurts: RISP with no outs. At least Shane hit it hard.

    All right, Madson. Do your thing!

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Philly starters are all over worked and will have dead arms in NLDS at this rate .., Charlie go get your bullpen man….

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    we should be up by 10

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    thanks desi worry about your team that will be playing golf soon. loser.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    desi i like you but when you say things like the next two decades you just sound silly. You think the rest of the NL isn’t gonna have any good young players? The Phillies have the best lower minors in baseball.
    Two levels of A ball just won back to back championships 2 years in a row.Baseball America listed Phils with highest amount of prospects in the low minors. Get ahold of yourself kid with the dominate for decades sillyness , besides teams like the Phils will always have the financial ability to fill in the pieces. This group of Phillies will have a long run when its all said and done , it started 3 years ago and has a while to go.

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    I was going to say something but nicely said mike.

    Last Heyward at bat tonight so let’s see

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    we should of score more then 5 but doc usally only needs a couple. last few games he has been giving them back. not as sharp. lets get this done and give him a rest.

     
 
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