Rumor has it that Ludacris had it written in his contract that he would only play the post game concert if the Braves beat the Phillies Saturday.Â I cannot confirm or deny said rumors, but Atlanta definitely came to the field motivated by something.Â Martin Prado and Nate McLouth lead off for the Braves with back to back homeruns and the home team never looked back.Â Of course the motivation could have come from losing Friday night’s contest because of a controversial strike out or non- strikeout to be more specific.Â Either way- Braves win 5-3!
Game two served, not only the Braves getting back on track, but also it’s young closer.Â Craig Kimbrel’s last outing actually earned him a win, but his appearance Saturday was a save situation.Â Having blown three saves recently, his confidence and perhaps his job hung in the balance.Â Kimbrel’s save preserved starter Jair Jurrgens 5-0 record.Â Jurrgens spring training and early visit to the DL had many believing he was the weakest link in the starter chain.Â Obviously, with a 1.66 ERA,he is not!
Atlanta has a big task at hand Sunday as Tim Hudson faces Roy Halladay.Â It is still May, but taking two series in a row against the division leader could put the Braves in a position to climb the standings.Â The schedule is kinder in the coming weeks, so the opportunity is there!
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Phillies vs Braves
- (25-13)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (22-19)
- Sunday 5/15, 1:35 PM ET at Turner Field
- Radio: PHI: WPHT 1210, WUBA 1480 ATL: 680 AM/93.7 FM, WNNX 100.5
- TV: PHI: PHL 17, TBS ATL: FSS, TBS
Roy Halladay, RHP
5-2, 2.05 ERAHalladay outlasted and outpitched Josh Johnson on Tuesday in Florida, but an eighth-inning error from Jimmy Rollins allowed an unearned run to score to cost the Phillies the game. Halladay should have no problem bouncing back. He usually does.