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Gameday: Braves (86-66) at Phillies (91-61)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, September 22, 2010 05:30 PM | Comments: 0
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Atlanta Braves (86-66) at Philadelphia Phillies (91-61)Atlanta Braves

Tommy Hanson (10-11 3.62 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.90 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather:
Partly Cloudy, 88
TV: CSN
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Five up with 10 to play. It’s amazing that the Phillies have made it this far, just a game and a half back of the Yankees for the best record in all of baseball and hotter than any other contender when it counts the most. Tonight is a chance to go up by 2/3 the number of games remaining in the season. Monday and Tuesday nights, the Phillies sent their two best pitchers out to beat up on children. One wonders if Bobby Cox will ride off into the sunset regretting his failure to set his rotation for the three most important games of the season.

But today, Tommy Hanson takes up Atlanta’s cause. Hanson was spectacular as a rookie last year and has built on that strong performance in 2010, posting 3.8 WAR, a 3.14 K/BB ratio, and a 3.39 FIP. However, he’s going against Roy Oswalt, who, since joining the Phillies has been so good it’s starting to get boring to talk about it.

After winning the first two games of the series, this one is not absolutely essential, but it would certainly make a  difference to go into the last nine games up six, rather than four.

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

Your gameday beer: Butterbeer

Victory LagerIn honor of the Phillies’ (hopeful) impending sweep this evening, we bring to you a beverage served at the Three Broomsticks in the Harry Potter series of books. Butterbeer is one of the few Harry Potter creations that we Muggles can enjoy. It’s one part butterscotch schnapps and seven parts cream soda. It’s certainly not that alcoholic, but it tastes, well, like magic.- Michael Baumann
GO PHILLIES!

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Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    take the bat off your shoulder. my god. rollins back to the first spot. big waste there.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    wow shane , how do you take that pitch with 2 strikes after swinging at a pitch at your ankles ?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    i guess that last pitch was too perfect

    players wont stay hot or cold

    this looks like a bullpen game eventually

    people like to talk abotu the braves pen
    i am fine with the phils pen
    has been the better pen the first 2 games

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    jeff , shanes been killing it in the 1 hole before the last couple games

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    ankiel needs the HGH
    guy looks like those tour de france guys all drugged out

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Roy does look scared LOL

    dude has the same look as cole and doc

    you dont want no part of it

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    literaly a 2 minute inning?

    this is great baseball

    time to hit the kid

    back to life back to reality

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Roy threw 8 pitches in that last inning , wow
    Bottom of 6th 8:45—– chase hits a dinger right now

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    full count — if he grooves one its gone

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    here comes the big bomb…….we have already left a small army on the bases

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    ok , he grooved a line drive —- winds blowin in hard anyway

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    we just had a pounding of wind and rain in nj. they will get hit soon.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    I just wanna see Ryan ahead in the count it seems like he’s always behind in the count sometimes

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    if it gets nasty how long will they wait?
    this could be along night

    iwth rain delay and or extra innings

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Lightning here in southern maryland too
    its all around

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    That was f##king high !!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was not a strike all nite

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    strike 3 at the eyes

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    These umps are worse than usual this year , how big is this dudes strike zone , that last pitch to werth was outside

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    guess if theres a long delay its bacardi time

    i think they will try to get it in all night since this is it

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    .118????

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Ump has a hot date at 10 dont wanna be late

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    this guy was not my favorite hanson brother

    mmm bop

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    We are getting to this guy!
    Over 100 pitch count, he will be gone regardless.

     
  • Posts: 0 terri

    this feels like a lost.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Atlanta will have a new pitcher coming in

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I never watched lost

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    my favorite Hansons were the triplets in SLAPSHOT

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Now we are playing into the Braves strength….bad call on Howard….Shane is getting cold againg…

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    That brunette chick with the green eyes was absolutely the best part of LOST—- Evangeline Lilly — ohh baby

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    sigh

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    cold what ?

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    that was a strike all nite !!!!! now its a ball are u kidding me !!!!!

    I’m pi$$ed —– this ump bbbllloooowwwssssss

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    the ump sucks
    and i dont usually whine about them

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    he just missed the mccann pitch
    it was heart of the plate on any night

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    gonna lose this game on one bad pitch —– i’m filling in for jeff — lol jeff

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    thanks derek

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    RoyO is incredible. Looks like he’s literally attacking the hitters when he throws.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    bravoturd was right
    that was us scared when they got Lee

    hes been the differene maker. I agree

    is he still on 1 homer with the squaws?

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Bobby shouldn’t send this kid out for another inning , i hope he does

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    MVP MVP MVP

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Bunt it Wilson

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    GREGGGGGYYYYYYYYYYY

    I predicted him tonight lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    bunt it for dobbs?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    good job valdez
    and good to get oswalt out
    was time

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Choooooooooccccccch — just need one run boys — nice bunt mr wilson

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Greg Dobbs couldn’t hit water falling out of a boat

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Took the air out of my balloon with Dobbs coming in

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    oh greggy
    i wanted you to succeed so badly there

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    how does he take that pitch ? charlie , your loyal to a fault

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    What an F*in surprise – Dobbsy struck out.

     
 
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