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Phillies Bounce Back Taking 2 of 3 From Atlanta

The Fightin’ Phils got back on track this weekend by continuing to dominate the team that they have dominated all year long. The Phils have won 10 of 12 against Atlanta this year and they are now 1 game off the Mets for the NL East lead. The Phillies finally got their bats rolling after the first game and their pitching definitely did not bail them out this series.

Philadelphia Phillies hats In the first game of the series, we did have a great pitching matchup. Jair Jurrigens was phenomenal in this game pitching eight shutout innings and giving up only three hits in getting his tenth win of the year. The Braves had a 1-0 lead in the ninth and then they just exploded off of All Star Brad Lidge. Lidge gave up two hits and walked one to load the bases before Brian McCann unloaded them with a grand slam. Lidge gave up five runs and didn’t retire a batter. The Braves would tack three more on and win the game 8-2. Kendrick pitched six innings and only gave up one run but the Phils could not give him any run support at all.

Well the last two games of this series were slugfests and very exciting. The Braves blew five run leads in both of these games as they lost both of those games. How bout big innings in the second game. Atlanta puts up 9 runs in the fourth inning to erase a three run deficit, so what do you do to counter that? You put up just enough to win the game. The Phillies came back and put up 7 runs in the fifth inning capped off by a three run blast by Greg Dobbs to take the lead and ultimately the game 10-9. Brad Lidge rebounded from his abysmal performance by retiring the Braves in order in the ninth for his 23rd save of the season. Bad news for Philly was that Cole Hamels was terrible in this game. His shortest outing of the year pitching three and two thirds innings giving up nine runs and four of them earned off of six hits. Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins each had two hits in the game and Chris Coste had three for the Fightin’ Phils.

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In the last game of the series if you wanted a pitcher’s duel, you were not going to get it. Joe Blanton lasted two innings and Jorge Campillo could not even make it through two innings. The Braves struck first again in this one as they got homers by Kelly Johnson and Omar Infante to pad the lead 5-0, but once again the Braves could not hold the Philly hitters down again as Chris Coste hit a two run shot and then Shane Victorino followed with a three run shot to tie the game at 5. After this the Phillies broke the game wide open, a go ahead home run by Pat Burrell, his 26th of the year, a rbi single by Victorino, a two run single by Ryan Howard, a two run homer by Jayson Werth, and finally a solo shot by Jimmy Rollins gave the Phillies a 12-5 lead by the seventh inning. The Braves would get five runs back in the eighth inning, but it was not enough as they drop this game 12-10. Brad Lidge got his 24th save of the year and the Phillies took the series.

Next up the Phillies have an off day Monday then they head to Washington for a three game set with the last place Nationals. A lot of intriguing headlines surround this week as trade possibilities swirl as the deadline approaches. With Manny Ramirez now being discussed internally the Phillies will be looking for another bat or another reliever to complement their team. J.A. Happ was pulled early in his start for Lehigh Valley for no apparent reason and all reasons point to a possible call up to the majors for him to replace either Rudy Seanez or Adam Eaton. The Phillies bats got rolling over the weekend so we will see if they can continue this hot streak and catch the Mets as they battle the Nationals. The pitching probables are as follows:

  • B. Myers (3-9) vs. C. Ballester (1-2)
  • J. Moyer (9-6) vs. T. Redding (7-5)
  • K. Kendrick (8-5) vs. J. Lannan (6-10)


By Andrew Nuscis
Philadelphia Phillies & Tampa Bay Rays Correspondent

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