What did I Witness Tonight in Atlanta?

This game was a frustrating mess as the Phillies lose in extras 15-13  . Please chug a bottle of rum.

I need some heart medicine.

Roy Halladay took the hill for the Phillies tonight and found himself in some trouble right away, Braves had first and second and one out but Doc got a timely 3-6-1 double play to get out of the early jam.

In the top of the second inning the Phillies threatened with first and second with no outs, but Carlos Ruiz grounded into a double play and Freddy Galvis struck out swinging at a pitch above his head to end the early rally.

Both Roy Halladay and Tommy Hanson were able to get very timely double plays early in this game.

The Phillies would however push across four runs in the top of the third inning, the highlight of the inning was when Laynce Nix cleared the bases with his 3 run double. The Phillies batted around in the top of the third inning and also forced Braves Starter Tommy Hanson to pitch a lot of pitches.

Tommy Hanson only went 3.2 innings tonight and allowed four runs off of eight hits. Phillies made him throw lots and lots of pitches and were able to push across some early runs.

Phillies would produce some insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning off of two back to back run scoring doubles from the bats of Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Galvis.

The unthinkable happened in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Braves put up a six spot off of Halladay, the big hit of the inning was a grand slam off of the bat of Brian McCann that tied the game up at six.

That was the first home run Halladay has allowed this season.

The Braves would push across two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and that would end Roy Halladay’s night. The Braves push across eight runs in Halladay’s final two innings on the hill, Halladay was pitching great before that I just really don’t know what happened but that’s baseball for you.

Halladay went 5.1 innings and allows eight runs off of twelve hits.

Both Starters tonight had pretty horrible games to say the least.

The madness continued in the top half of the seventh, the Phillies regained the lead off of a Carlos Ruiz three runs home run.

Carlos Ruiz would produce more runs in the top of the eighth inning by a bases clearing double to once again give the Phillies some insurance runs.

The Braves would put a five-spot up in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Phillies bullpen collapses once again.

The Phillies were down to their last out in the top of the ninth with a runner on third but were able to tie it up on an infield single by Shane Victorino to continue this fun ball game.

In the bottom of the eleventh inning Chipper Jones ended the game with a two run home run off of Brian Sanchez, Jonathan Papelbon was not used in the game.

Phillies next game is tomorrow afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, this game will be a 12:10 Pm EST start and is the final game of this three game series against the Atlanta Braves. Joe Blanton will start for the Phillies and Randall Delgado for the Braves. The Phillies will head to Washington after tomorrows game to begin a three game weekend series against the Nationals.

Some Other Notes from Atlanta

Jim Thome has been placed on the disabled list and has left the team already for Clearwater Florida where he will rehab his back. Erik Kratz was recalled to replace Thome. Skipper Charlie Manuel said the weather will be good for Thome in Clearwater and also good for him to get ABs in extended spring when his back improves.

David Herndon has a flexor pronator strain he is shut down completely for three weeks. Not a candidate for surgery, for now.

Cliff Lee threw a bullpen session today and said he felt fine, if the next bullpen session which is Saturday goes well we may see Cliff Lee start a game next week. Story on Lee’s bullpen session today.

No time has been set for Chase Utley to rejoin the team.

Ryan Howard continues his rehab in Clearwater Florida.

OF Domonic Brown strained his left hamstring today in a Triple-A game. He is day-to-day.

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Injury Updates: Herndon, Thome, Utley

Originally posted on TTB:

The Phillies had recently put David Herndon on the DL yesterday. Today he was diagnosed with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.

Herndon will be shelved for three weeks. Surgery isn’t in his immediate future but that could change if his elbow doesn’t get any better in that time.

He is currently on the 15-day DL.

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Gameday Preview: Game 25 Phillies at Braves

The Philadelphia Phillies look to push their winning streak to three games tonight as they face off against the Atlanta Braves at 7:10 Pm EST.

It was great to see the Phillies push across some runs late in the game for the second straight night in a row, it was also great to see them produce those runs off of a really stellar Atlanta Braves bullpen that really does not blow to many ball games when you get late into these games but the Phillies found some way to get it done.

If the Phillies can pull out a victory tonight they can get over the .500 hump for the first time since opening day.

Roy Halladay will take the mound for the Phillies in hope to keep this winning streak chugging along, Doc has a 3-2 record on the season and an impressive ERA of 1.95 this year. Halladay is pitching great it’s just in some of those games he has not had the offensive support which is kind of the story of the season thus far. Halladay has been charged with a loss in his last two outings.

Much as been talked about Halladay’s velocity being down this year but he still getting opponents out and that is really all the counts at the end of the day. Halladay has not allowed a home run this year, he only allowed 10 round trippers last season.

The Phillies bats will face Tommy Hanson, he has a record of 3-2 and an ERA of 3.00 on the season. Hanson has won in his last two outings.

This game will be televised on CSN, 1210 WPHT for radio.

83 degrees at game time tonight with a ten percent chance of rain.

Some Injury News

Earlier today Jim Thome was placed on the disabled list with a bad back, the Phillies have recalled catcher Erik Kratz and now have a full bench to work with. Thome is the eighth Phillies player to join the disabled list.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (12-12)

1. Rollins SS

2. Polanco 3B

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Wigginton 1B

6. Nix LF

7. Ruiz C

8. Galvis 2B

9. Halladay P

RIP Junior Seau