I stated a couple days ago how the Phillies were either going to be the Atlanta Braves’ worst nightmare or their dream come true, well I think its pretty clear which one the Phillies are.
The Phillies 7-1 victory over the Braves, put to rest any doubt people had (myself included) on whether they could finish out the regular season on a high note after hitting a bad streak. But I refrain from being too ecstatic for fear of being a j**x. Look at that, I won’t even spell it out! And for those that know me and my track record at Phillies games this year, I have NO tickets for any of the post season games. So everyone can breath a sigh of relief. I will watch from the comforts of my home in southern New Jersey, approximately 30 minutes from Citizens Bank Park, I think that’s a safe enough distance!
In regards to Tuesday night’s game, I can’t stress enough how absolutely wonderful it is to see the offense show up and make the other team’s pitchers work. Especially when you have a guy like Derek Lowe on the mound. Let’s face it, the dude has been struggling. The Phillies would have been crazy not to take full advantage of Lowe’s current lack of pitching prowess.
Chase Utley started it all off with a solo home run in the first. Hunter Pence had 3-RBI’s on the night, thanks in part to a 2-run homer in the fifth. Pence has 96 RBI’s on the season, just four shy of a 100. Jimmy Rollins hit another solo shot after hitting one in Monday night’s game.
Righty Roy Oswalt pitched well by going six innings, only giving up three hits, no runs, and struck out four. That was enough to give him his ninth win of the season. Rookie Joe Savery relieved Oswalt in the seventh and had a one-two-three inning including a strikeout. Then Antonio Bastardo pitched the eighth and I’ll be honest, my faith in him has been teetering. But he looked good, also having a quick inning, retiring all three batters.
Kyle Kendrick threw in the ninth and though gave up a homer to Martin Prado, he retired all three batters afterwards. Game over!
With Tuesday night’s win, manager Charlie Manuel reached 645 wins (2005-2011) as the Phillies skipper. Tying him with Gene Mauch for the Phillies franchise record.
The Phillies’ win on Tuesday was their 101st victory of the season and that ties them with the 1976 and 1977 Phillies for the franchise record.
After the jump, check out Wednesday’s game preview which is the Phillies final regular game of the season!!!!
Wednesday’s Game Preview
Phillies (101 – 60) vs Braves (89 – 72)
Game Time: 7:10 pm EDT
Turner Field – Atlanta
TV: CSN – Philadelphia, ESPN 2
Radio: WPHT 1210, WUBA 1480
Weather at Game Time: 75 and partly cloudy
Philadelphia: RHP Joe Blanton (1-2) ERA 5.03
Atlanta: RHP Tim Hudson (16-10) ERA 3.23
Blanton will be starting the final game of the season, but because he hasn’t pitched much, this really will be a bullpen game. Left-hander Cole Hamels will pitch at some point in a relief effort, a final tuneup for the NLDS.
The Braves would like to save Hudson to pitch Game 1 of the National League Division Series. But if they have not clinched a playoff berth by Wednesday, he will start this regular season finale. – Phillies.com