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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Game Story and Some Other Random Notes From Today’s Phillies 5-3 loss

Vance Worley started for the Phillies today and he got rocked in the first inning by the Yankees, Yankees scored three runs off of Worley in the first inning. Worley just could not get people out and was leaving the ball right over the middle of the plate. Worley seemed like he found his command in the next few innings. Vance Worley would not allow another run in his six innings of work today, Worley allowed three runs on seven hits today.

David Herndon who is battling for a spot in the Phillies bullpen came in for relief of Vance Worley today, Herndon pitched one inning and allowed on run off of two hits. Not a good outing for a guy trying to convince the coaches to give him a spot in the bullpen. Michael Stutes came in to pitch the eighth inning, Stutes allowed one run off of three hits and struck out the side.

Phillies offense would threaten in the bottom of the fourth with runners on the corners with one out but the Phillies could not get a run out of it. Phillies would get two runners on in the fifth inning apart of a two out rally but still could not get a run out of it. Phillies finally get a run in the bottom of the sixth off of a John Mayberry Jr. bloop single to right field, This is the first run for the Phillies since Tuesday. Eric Kratz crushed a ball in the bottom of the eighth for a sole home run.

The good news today was that Chase Utley returned to Clearwater Florida and the Phillies camp, but General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would not give an update on the Utley situation so really don’t know whats going on. Still going to miss opening day and probably more games than that as Freddy Galvis will be the starter at second base in Utley’s absence. Utley is scheduled to address the media on Sunday.

Domonic Brown was optioned down to the minor league camp this morning where he will try to improve his game down there. The frustrating thing about Domonic Brown and I have said this before is how much potential he has to be a star player but it just seems like we haven’t gotten anywhere with him. He still needs to work on his play in the outfield because right now he still makes a lot of mistakes out there in the outfield, his hitting still needs to come around just a little to be a successful Major Leaguer.

Next spring game is tomorrow afternoon for the Phillies.

We are just 13 days away from opening day.

Domonic Brown Injury update

Domonic Brown was penciled in to start today against the Tampa Bay Rays in as the designated hitter but was taken out of the lineup because of a sore neck.

Brown has already missed five games this spring because of a sprained right thumb. Brown is 6-20 this spring and trying to make the MLB roster.

The frustrating thing about Brown is he has so much potential but he just makes a lot of mistakes out in Left Field. The amount of errors he has had this spring will likely land him in triple A this season.

Injury likely won’t keep him out to long