Braves Use A 6-Run 6th Inning To Beat Phillies And Take The Series

Braves get 13 hits to the Phillies' three but need extra innings to win. Matt Diaz knocks in the go-ahead run. More to come...

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Braves Use A Six-Run Sixth Inning To Beat Phillies And Take The Series

One paragraph of the Braves 7-6 victory over the Phillies:

The Braves got a leadoff home run from Martin Prado in the first inning, and that was just about all they got off of Jamie Moyer until the sixth inning. The Phillies jumped ahead of the Braves and Kris Medlen on a two-run home run by Ryan Howard. Prado hit his second home run of the night for the Braves with one out in the sixth, but that was just the beginning. The next five Braves reached base and crossed home as Brian McCann hit a bases clearing double and Matt Diaz added two more runs to the lead with his first home run of the year.


Braves Come Back To Beat Phillies And Tie Series

A one-paragraph recap of the Braves' 6-3 win over the Phillies:

Matt Diaz broke out his first multi-hit game since returning from the disabled list on Tuesday night, including two doubles, the second of which drove in Yunel Escobar from first base in the 11th inning for the winning run. Eric Hinske then followed with some added insurance runs in the form of a towering two-run home run. Billy Wagner then came on to pick up his 18th save of the year. Jair Jurrjens pitched great, and really only made two mistakes, but like Derek Lowe last night, those mistakes were with runners on base and produced a maximum return on effort for Philadelphia. The Phillies had only three hits all night, and just two for the first 10 innings. The lead-off walks also hurt Jurrjens, as two of his three bases on balls came around to score.


Lineups For Game Two Of Braves-Phillies Series

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:

Braves (lots of right-handed hitters to face the lefty Hamels)
1) Prado, 2B
2) Infante, RF
3) Jones, 3B
4) Glaus, 1B
5) Escobar, SS
6) Diaz, LF
7) Ross, C
8) Blanco, CF
9) Jurrjens, SP

1) Rollins, SS
2) Victorino, CF
3) Ibanez, LF
4) Howard, 1B
5) Werth, RF
6) Dobbs, 3B
7) Valdez, 2B
8) Sardinha, C
9) Hamels, SP

Come join other Braves fans by chatting in the Open Thread at our Braves site, Talking Chop.


Recapping The Recaps: Braves At Phillies, Game One

There really wasn't too much to say after last night's loss to one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Bobby Cox does the only thing he can, praise Roy Halladay:

“Doc was on top of his game tonight. It’s just a great performance. You figure you’ve almost got to throw a shutout to beat him. He’s that good. He has been for years. When he gives up runs they’re little ground-ball base hits and things like that. He never walks anybody. I think he went ball 3 three times tonight. He just doesn’t do it….It’s no shame only getting one run off a guy like that, when he’s like that.”

Talking Chop explains the Braves' last gasp:

The game only lasted 2 hours and 14 minutes. Doc had his nastiest stuff going all night, striking out seven and walking just one. The Braves had a chance against Roy in the eighth after Gregor Blanco lead off with a bunt single, but he was caught stealing on a missed hit-and-run by Brooks Conrad. Blanco looked safe on the replay, but the call was made and the Braves never got another runner on base.

And Derek Lowe just got beat:

"Sometimes you just get beat," Lowe said. "The guy pitched a tremendous game. We can talk all day about what-ifs. He beat us, and that's really the end of the story."

The Braves need to go out there and forget all about that tonight.


Halladay His Usual Self Against Braves

Really this could be a one-sentence recap: Roy Halladay was on the mound and in command.

But here's the one-paragraph recap: The Phillies' ace threw a complete game against Atlanta, allowing only one run, a home run in the first inning by Chipper Jones. Derek Lowe tried his best to hold the lead, and his only mistake was a two-run home run in the sixth inning. In 28 innings pitched against Atlanta in his career, Halladay has only allowed two runs — both solo home runs by Jones.


Braves Set To Take On The Phillies And Roy Halladay

The Braves start their last road trip of the first half in Philadelphia. The Phillies are five games behind the Braves in the NL East, a role reversal from the last time the two teams played in Philadelphia when the Braves were six games behind the NL East leading Phils.

Derek Lowe faces Roy Halladay tonight, with each pitcher going for their 10th win -- who would have thought that Derek Lowe would have as many wins as Roy Halladay at any point in the season? Here is what Talking Chop has to say about the matchup:

While Lowe has seen his ERA decrease in each month of the season, Halladay has seen his increase. Despite giving up more runs in June than any other month, the Phillies' ace was still able to strike out 42 batters and walk just five in 44 innings pitched. Halladay currently has a 21.6 pRAA, good for third in the National League behind only Adam Wainwright and Josh Johnson. In contrast, Lowe's pRAA sits at -2.5. But, in 17 games vs. the Phillies in his career, Lowe has pitched rather well. Against the Phillies, Lowe has a 2.67 K/BB ratio, a 3.26 ERA, and has limited the Phillies to a .662 OPS against. Still, the pitching matchup obviously favors the Phillies. However, with an injured lineup, the Braves can definitely win this game.

Read the rest of Talking Chop's series preview here.

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