Gameday: Phillies (45-54) at Braves (54-44)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, July 27, 2012 06:35 PM | Comments: 63
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Philadelphia Phillies (45-54) at Atlanta Braves (54-44)

Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.23 ERA) vs. Ben Sheets (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Time: 7:35, Turner Field
Weather: Upper 70′s chance of rain, t-storms
Media: Twitter and  Facebook

The Phillies take on the division-rival Braves tonight in Atlanta, the first of three they will play at Turner Field this weekend. The Braves are 9.5 games ahead of the Phillies in the standings, and 5 games back of the division-leading Nationals. At this point, the Phillies–who have less than a 1% chance to make the playoffs according to ESPN–could really only hope to play spoilers for the Braves, barring something drastic.

Cole Hamels, who just signed an extension with the Phillies, will take the mound tonight for the first time with his new contract. So far this year, he’s posted an 11-4 record to go along with a 3.23 ERA. He isn’t having his best year, but for the most part, he is getting the job done.

Opposing him will be Ben Sheets, a guy that the Braves signed with minimal expectations, but who has also been quite good for them so far. In his two starts, he has pitched a total of 12 innings, given up just seven hits–and no runs. However, the deciding factor in the game may lie in the hands of Brian McCann, who is hitting .364 against the Phillies this year, to go along with five home runs and 13 runs batted in. If Hamels can shut him down–and that is likely considering that McCann has just three hits in his last 21 at-bats against him–along with the other big lefties in the Braves lineup, the Phils may be able to scratch off a few runs and win the game.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ruiz C, Pence RF, Pierre LF, Fontenot 3B, Hamels P.

Your gameday beer: Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer in a Can

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is a summer seasonal beer available from April through September by 21st Amendment, and can be yours in six pack cans and on draft. It’s an American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon, ending in a straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor. Haven’t had it yet, but I’ve heard different reviews. If you’re feeling frisky, try it out on another hot, hot day. -Pat Gallen

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  • Posts: 3658 Tracey

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  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    What more fitting way to end a very important game that started with a quick 1-0 lead after 2 hitters, with Hamels on the mound than with Jimmy popping out pointlessly. The rise in blood pressure and anger waves through Phillie fandom at intensified levels even before his pop ups land in the fielder of choices glove.

    It just says it all.

    Just a night where the club got beat. Not a lack of effort, or lifelessness, they just got beat.

    I don’t know where the Ben Sheets story peaks, but a tip of the hat on his nice effort.

  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    I know hindsight is 20/20, but if I was Cholly, and I’m not, I would have walked McCann, grade A Phillies killer recently, and pitched to Uggla with the two outs. Instead they pitch to him and don’t even try to paint the corners. Ken said it: anger and high blood pressure tonight.
    Gotta win the next two or say good bye to the core team.

  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    they looked boring tonight! couldn’t hit cy sheets! they give you hope then they play like this! c-mon. this whole years been like this! no enthusiasum. i was watching their manerisms, and facial expressions and wasn’t liking what i was seeing. i think lathargic is the word i’m looking for! well whatever, we here all knew for them to do anything, nothing but a sweep was in order to push the mo to the next level! and we’ll hear that it’s just a single game and that the object is to win series! that’s all fine and dandy if you’re close! or if it’s mid may! somebody tell them it’s freakin the end of july and they’re still digging their way to china. and in a little while their gonna run out of games! i wish i could personally tell them ” yo ya gotta win OUT ! does anybody get that ? they have 45 wins. 60 games left! winning out means 95 wins. hahahaha . i don’t think the players are smart enough to fathom that! trade em let’s rebuild.

  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    i’m sorry people in my zest of anger i made a math miscalculation. 50 wins will get us to 95. ah i feel better now that it’s not 60! TRADE ME!

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Tracey. You have not thrown in the towel

    You are a ass. Team has not heart. Like u. Punnk

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