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Phillies (12-12) at Braves (14-10)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Wed, May 02, 2012 06:15 PM | Comments: 82
2012 Gameday, News, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (12-12) at Atlanta Braves (14-10)

Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.95) vs. Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.00)

Time: 7:10 PM, Turner Field
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 85
Media: Twitter and Facebook

In case you haven’t noticed yet, the Phillies have owned the Braves lately. Dating back to last July, the Phillies have beaten the Braves eight consecutive times, including a season-ending sweep to close out the 2011 regular season and send the Bravos home without a playoff appearance. Last night, the Braves and Phillies got into a bullpen game, tied at 2 in the sixth inning. Usually, this is exactly where the Braves want a game–in the hands of their vaunted bullpen. But the Phils would have none of it, scoring 2 runs off of Johnny Venters in the eighth inning to pull out the late victory.

Tonight, Roy Halladay will look to make it nine in a row when he takes the ball for the Phils. Doc’s been his usual self this season, shutting down lineups and getting his team back in the dugout. He’s lost his last two decisions, however, despite allowing just five runs over 14 innings in those two starts. For his career, the Good Doctor has gone 4-1 against the Braves with just a 1.78 ERA. In three starts at Turner Field, that ERA drops to 1.13.

The Braves starter, Tommy Hanson, has been no slouch against the Phils either, posting a 1-2 record with a 2.23 ERA against them in seven career starts.

This match-up will pit the aces of two very good pitching staffs against one another, and has all the makings of a low-scoring game. Which of course means the final will be somewhere around 10-9, making me look foolish, as baseball tends to do to game prognosticators.

One thing to note: Aside from the pitcher’s spot, Charlie Manuel will send out the exact same lineup from last night–something he has done sparingly this season.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Wigginton 1B, Nix LF, Ruiz C, Galvis 2B, Halladay P.

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Dos Equis

It’s not hard to stay thirsty, my friends, in Georgia, which is where tonight’s game is. Dos Equis will not wow you, but it’s easy to drink. Its brewery is stationed in Monterrey, Mexico, which has a penchant for being quite warm, much like the state of Georgia. Fun fact: Heineken saw a 20 percent increase in sales after the acquisition of Dos Equis in just the first quarter alone. The power of the Most Interesting Man in the World. -By Pat

GO PHILLIES

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  • Posts: 0 brooks

    No no no no no no no… too much going on to limp away from this one

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Than you god.

    Bad call earlier

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    That was ball four. That pitch was outside. Nice job victorino. Great hustle. These Phil’s have life!

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    ……….And the bullpen stink continues.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Brooks this is when I begin to drink.

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Horrible 3rd strike to Rollins, he was robbed, Vic great hustle was to play with fire Pence looked lost again

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Brian Sanches against the heart of the lineup, maybe we will get lucky, but sounds like another idiot decision

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Comon Brian just a ground ball just a ground ball

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    wow this bullpen sucks

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    and no walks bud

     
  • Posts: 3114 Tracey

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    (shudder…)

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Pour another one Andrew

     
  • Posts: 3114 Tracey

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    WHEW!!!

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Wow that could have been much worse, still hope but we need Paps out there next inning so we need runs guys!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    I have to go to bed… no I don’t

     
  • Posts: 5343 Lefty

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    This game has been unbelievable.

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Next 3 batters – 8 rbi – wow

     
  • Posts: 3114 Tracey

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    oof

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Lawrence

    Great game though

     
  • Posts: 3114 Tracey

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    Well, we didn’t win the game, but we put up a better fight than we’ve seen out of them so far this year. That’s a very encouraging development.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Bullpen stinks. Chilly has no idea how to manage.

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Wow way to go Charlie great use of the bullpen once again.

    I love the Phillies,

    but I am hating this team…. they are just weak in so many areas.

    Can we send Sanches back to AAA and Contreras back to Cuba

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    @jeff: I agree. Cholly boggles my mind some times.

     
  • Posts: 0 c schreiber

    Some of you are wondering why there’s less chatter this year. It couldn’t have anything to do with listening to personal “back & forth” between clowns like Tracey & Brooks. We didn’t need to see or hear the game we got play by play from those two. Christ.

     
    • Posts: 0 brooks

      This is where fans come to blog, clown

       
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Back in the day no way we lose that game! This team has no backbone, no leadership, I know they are not out of things, but we just let our arch rival abuse our entire bullpen and made all the wrong calls with pitches and calls on what pitchers to use.

    I know we have so many injuries, but if Manuel is the phenom manager everyone wants to say he is, then he makes the right call in games like this, he just has no idea what is the right thing to do, I am sick and tired of his country bumkin ignorant sounding conferences that make no sense to anyone!

    Can we just let him ride off in the sunset tomorrow and bring in Sandburg or anyone else, Take Gross with him

    grrrr I hate watcher the Braves get the best of us I mean HATE that crap

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Hate. Got it.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    charlie was great managing the best team in baseball.

    When they arent that good neither is he.

    Lots of issues here. But I am way over my limit.

    give me 26 Carlos ruiza and Id win the WS every year

    Period

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Very True, just want him out we need new life, I mean we tossed Milt for Gross and I think he sucks even worse

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Problem #1 is Ruben

    But there is a punchers chance this year and probably that is accentuated with a different manager.

    Not a players manager.
    A manager who sits Howard or Utley or anyone when sitting them best suits the team winning.

    I also hate people who complain about what others post.

     
 
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