Phillies Vs. Braves: Atlanta Drops Series To Philadelphia, Rockies Up Next

Atlanta dropped two of three to the Philadelphia Phillies at home and now head to Colorado where they will open a series against the Rockies Thursday night.

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Braves vs. Phillies Series Recap: A Disappointment, A Thriller & A Shutout

The Braves and Phillies always seem to play their best whenever facing their National League East rivals, and that was the case one again this week at Turner Field. Atlanta lost two of the three games due to a lack of offense, although their bats exploded in a big way in their lone victory. Here is a recap of what transpired between the Braves and Phillies this past week.

The first game featured a stellar pitching matchup with Brandon Beachy and Cole Hamels on the mound. Despite strong performances from both, some poor luck did the Braves' bullpen in as the Phillies went on to claim a 4-2 victory. This game could have gone either way, but it was Philly who caught all the breaks on Tuesday evening.

I'm still not entirely sure what happened in the second game of the series, a game that went 11 innings before finally being decided 15-13 on a Chipper Jones walk-off homer. Philadelphia claimed an early 6-0 lead -- one that was sure to hold up with Roy Halladay on the mound -- but Atlanta responded with eight unanswered runs to make the score 8-6 heading into the seventh inning. The Phillies proceeded to take a 12-8 lead, just to give it right back up to the Braves. Craig Kimbrel blew a save, Chad Durbin had a 1-2-3 inning (I still don't believe this, either) and Chipper sent the crowd home happy.

If you sneezed on Thursday afternoon, there was a pretty good chance you missed at least one inning of the series finale. Despite a very strong showing from rookie Randall Delgado, the Braves completely fell asleep at the plate against Joe Blanton. The Phillies added on a few insurance runs late on their way to a 4-0 victory.

Now losers of four of their last seven games, the Braves will head west to take on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

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2012 MLB Standings: Braves Trail Nationals In NL East Division

Thursday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies drops the Atlanta Braves 1.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East Division. Both the Braves and the Nationals are 5-5 over their last 10 games with Washington winning two straight.

The New York Mets have lost three straight games and are three back in the standings. Philadelphia's series win over the Braves evens their record at 13-13 for the season and pulls them to within 3.5 games of the lead. Miami finds itself in last place in the division but are still only five games behind Washington for the division lead.


NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Washington 16 9 .640 0 Won 2
Atlanta 15 11 .576 1.5 Lost 1
New York 13 12 .520 3 Lost 3
Philadelphia 13 13 .500 3.5 Won 1
Miami 11 14 .440 5 Won 3

(updated 5.3.2012 at 9:49 PM EDT)


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Phillies Vs. Braves Final: Atlanta Loses 4-0

The Atlanta Braves could do nothing against Joe Blanton on Thursday, as one of the least heralded members of the Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff threw an absolute gem of a game.

Joe Blanton allowed only three base-runners in a complete game shutout with 6 K's and 0 BB's. Perhaps most impressively, he did this all in only 88 pitches, briskly mowing through the Atlanta order three times.

His dominant performance overshadowed a fine day from Braves starter Ramon Delgado, who went 8 innings while giving up only 6 hits and 2 earned runs.

The stars of the day for the Phillies were Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, who knocked in 3 of the team's 4 runs on Thursday.

It was all frustration on the Atlanta side, as Michael Bourne, Freddie Freeman and David Ross were the only players to reach base.

For rmore reaction to the Braves loss, head over to Talking Chop.

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Phillies Vs. Braves: Jason Heyward Back In Starting Lineup

Jason Heyward returns to the starting lineup and will hit fifth as the Atlanta Braves close out their three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday afternoon. Brian McCann and Chipper Jones both get days off for the day game after a night game. Juan Francisco is hitting sixth and is at third base while David Ross will be behind the plate and hitting seventh.

Here is a look at the starting lineups for today's series finale:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Jason Heyward (L) RF
6. Juan Francisco (L) 3B
7. David Ross (R) C
8. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS
9. Randall Delgado (R) P

Philadelphia Phillies

1. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
2. Juan Pierre (L) LF
3. Shane Victorino (S) CF
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Ty Wigginton (R) 3B
6. Laynce Nix (L) 1B
7. Pete Orr (L) 2B
8. Brian Schneider (L) C
9. Joe Blanton (R) P

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Phillies Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio Info For Series Finale

The Atlanta Braves finally snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday and will go for a series win on Thursday afternoon. Chipper Jones' walk off homer in the 11th inning delivered the win on Wednesday night in a wild back and forth affair that saw the two teams combine for 28 runs.

Randall Delgado takes the mound for the Braves and will be opposed by Philly's Joe Blanton. Delgado didn't make it out of the fifth inning his last time out when he allowed four runs in 4.1 innings. After winning his first two starts, Delgado has been hit hard of late but is looking to bounce back on Thursday.

Blanton has been really good at home but has struggled on the road. He has allowed 10 runs and 18 hits over his last 11 innings on the road.

Game Date/Time: Thursday, May 3, 12:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

Pitching Matchup: Randall Delgado (2-2, 6.30 ERA) vs Joe Blanton (2-3, 3.81 ERA)

TV: SportSouth

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans should visit The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseballheadover to Baseball Nation.

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Braves Defeat Phillies 15-13 In Extra Innings On Chipper Jones Walk-off Homer

The Braves and Phillies might have played the most memorable game of the 2012 regular season on Wednesday night. You would think a pitching matchup that featured Roy Halladay and Tommy Hanson would be closely contested, but that was not the case as the Braves somehow won 15-13 in the 11th inning.

With the Phillies up 6-0 in the fifth inning, the Braves rallied for six runs of their own, capped off by a Brian McCann grand slam to tie the game up. Jason Heyward then followed in the sixth inning with a two-run pinch-hit single to right to give Atlanta a 8-6 lead.

Philadelphia came right back in the seventh. Carlos Ruiz belted a three-run homer, giving his squad a 9-8 lead. Ruiz came up again with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, this time hitting a bases-clearing double to make the score 12-8.

Atlanta rallied in the bottom of the eighth. Tyler Pastornicky drove in a run with an RBI-single, Michael Bourn brought home a run by drawing a walk, and Martin Prado tied the game at 12-12 with a two-RBI single up the middle. Freddie Freeman drove in the go-ahead run with a deep sac fly to left, giving the Braves a 13-12 lead once again.

Craig Kimbrel blew the save in the 9th inning. A leadoff walk to Juan Pierre eventually did him in, as Shane Victorino drove in the game-tying run with an infield single. Atlanta loaded the bases in the bottom half of the ninth, but a pop out from Bourn ended the threat.

Fast forward to the 11th inning. Dan Uggla led off the inning with a single, bringing up 40-year-old Chipper Jones. Chipper belted a ball deep down the right field line that went home run distance, but went foul by a few feet. With the large crowd at Turner Field in dismay, Jones stepped back into the batters box. He took a 3-2 fastball and slammed it to right-center field, giving the Braves their first walk-off victory of the season.

It was an incredible night for baseball around the league, and you would be hard pressed to find a game played at Turner Field with more drama than this one.

Wow.

That's about all I've got tonight.

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Braves Vs. Phillies Score Update: Atlanta Ties The Game at Six Runs On A Brian McCann Grand Slam

Things looked bleak for the Atlanta Braves for five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies, but one swing of the bat from Brian McCann turned everything around.

The Philles were up six runs and the Braves were scoreless for much of the game. Roy Halladay was pitching a gem until the bottom of the fifth inning when he began to struggle.

Halladay gave up two runs initially and then loaded the bases for Brian McCann who took Halladay deep to right field for a grand slam which evened the score up at six runs apiece.

It was a great play for Atlanta to get them back into the game but unfortunately McCann was injured during the celebration after being poked in the eye by Michael Bourn.

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans should visit The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseballheadover to Baseball Nation.

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Braves vs. Phillies Lineup: Chipper Jones Returns, Jason Heyward Out Again

The Braves are looking to get back on track against the Phillies this evening with Tommy Hanson on the mound, but it will not come easily. Not only have the Phillies won the last eight meetings between the two clubs, but they'll also be sending Roy Halladay to the mound. Hardly an easy task for a Braves team that has suddenly struggled to score runs in recent days.

Here are the lineups for Tuesday night. The game will be played at Turner Field, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

Braves:

Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado LF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Chipper Jones 3B
Eric Hinske RF
Tyler Pastornicky SS
Tommy Hanson P

Phillies:

Jimmy Rollins SS
Placido Polanco 3B
Shane Victorino CF
Hunter Pence RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Laynce Nix LF
Carlos Ruiz C
Freddy Galvis 2B
Roy Halladay P

We should be in for a great night of baseball, folks. If you're in the area, make your way on down to the ballpark this evening. Pitching matchups don't get much better than this one.

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Jason Heyward Injury: Sore Oblique Sidelines Braves Right Fielder

The Atlanta Braves could be without right fielder Jason Heyward through at least Thursday because of a sore oblique muscle. Heyward wasn't able to do much in the form of baseball activities on Tuesday so it is possible that he may not be able to return until Thursday at the earliest.

"I feel a lot better but I'm still not allowed to do anything," Heyward said. "I've still got some tenderness. It is an oblique, so I do have to be careful. I may not be able to play tomorrow. We'll see. I've got to be smart about it though."

Heyward was talking about Wednesday in the quote but the Braves will no doubt err on the side of caution with the outfielder. Heyward is hitting .273 on the season with two homers and nine RBIs to go along with eight stolen bases. He had been slumping of late with just two hits in his last 15 at bats.

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans should visit The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseballheadover to Baseball Nation.

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Phillies Vs. Braves: Jim Thome Headed To Disabled List

The Braves won't have to worry about one of the Phillies left handed bats off the bench for the rest of the series after Philadelphia placed Jim Thome on the disabled list with a sore back.

It has been a struggle for Thome who is hitting .111 with no homers and no RBIs. Thome has appeared in 12 games and has two hits in 18 at bats. Ty Wigginton has seen most of the playing time at first base this season as Philly awaits the return of slugger Ryan Howard to the lineup.

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans should visit The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseballheadover to Baseball Nation.

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Braves Vs. Phillies: Game Two Preview, TV Info And More

Despite the Braves' recent surge - an offense-laden winning streak that helped bury the demons of the 2011 season - one thing's remained the same so far: they can't beat the Phillies. Atlanta dropped the opening game of their home series against the Phils 4-2 on Tuesday, extending their losing streak to Philly to eight games.

Now Ray Halladay takes the mound against Atlanta on Wednesday night. The Cy Young Winner has a 1.98 ERA this season, but has back-to-back losses due largely in part to a lack of run support from his team. Atlanta will throw Tommy Hanson, so there's a chance the Phillies' offensive woes could continue.

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 2, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta Georgia

TV: Fox Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Tommy Hanson (3-2) vs. Roy Halladay (3-2)

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans should visit The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball headover to Baseball Nation.

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Atlanta Braves Drop Series Opener Against Phillies, 4-2

The Atlanta Braves saw their losing streak against the Phillies increase to eight games on Tuesday night, dropping the series opener by a score of 4-2.

Brandon Beachy made the start for Atlanta and pitched well, allowing just two runs to score on five hits. He struck out two. Cole Hamels was equally impressive for Philadelphia, going six innings and surrendering just two runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out six.

The Phillies struck first in game one of the series. In the fourth inning, Ty Wigginton singled to left to bring home two runs. The ball got under Martin Prado's glove and rolled all the way to the wall, moving Wigginton to third base. Beachy was able to get out of the jam, though, keeping the Braves in the game.

Brian McCann hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 2-1. With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, Juan Francisco drove in a run with a deep sacrifice fly to left field.

Jonny Venters, who was yet to surrender any runs in 2012, allowed two runs to score on a couple of bloops hits. He struck out Placido Polanco with one out and runners on the corners, but the ball skipped away from McCann, allowing a run to score. Shane Victorino hit an infield single, bringing Hunter Pence to the plate. Pence squibbed a ball off the end of his bat, but because of Victorino attempting to steal, the ball rolled into right field scoring yet another run.

The Braves were unable to get anything going in the eighth or ninth innings as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his ninth save of the season.

As a team, Atlanta went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The Phillies went 4-for-9.

The two teams will meet again on Wednesday night. Tommy Hanson is scheduled to make the start against Roy Halladay.

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Braves Vs. Phillies Starting Lineups: Chipper Jones, Jason Heyward Out For Atlanta

The Philadelphia Phillies are without Ryan Howard as they head to Atlanta for an early-season NL East showdown, but the Braves will start without two big bats - outfielder Jason Heyward (strained oblique) and veteran third baseman Chipper Jones. Tuesday wasn't a scheduled day off for the 40-year-old Jones. Juan Francisco will start at third, while Matt Diaz will start in right field.

Atlanta:

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF

2. Martin Prado (R) LF

3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B

4. Brian McCann (L) C

5. Dan Uggla (R) 2B

6. Matt Diaz (R) RF

7. Juan Francisco (L) 3B

8. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS

9. Brandon Beachy (R) P

Philadelphia:

1. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS

2. Placido Polanco (R) 3B

3. Shane Victorino (S) CF

4. Hunter Pence (R) RF

5. Ty Wigginton (R) 1B

6. Laynce Nix (L) LF

7. Carlos Ruiz (R) C

8. Freddy Galvis (S) 2B

9. Cole Hamels (L) P

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans should visit The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball headover to Baseball Nation.

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Jason Heyward Out Of Atlanta Braves Lineup Vs. Phillies

Jason Heyward won't be in the lineup for the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night against Philadelphia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien:

Heyward sat out Monday's loss to the Pirates with soreness in his right oblique muscle, an ailment he told the media Monday was "minor," just a few days after Atlanta dodged a huge bullet with Brian McCann's rib injury that only cost the All-Star catcher one day.

Eric Hinske started in place of Heyward Monday night against Pittsburgh, and is still expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday. Heyward suffered an oblique injury in the minors in 2009 that kept him out of the lineup for three weeks.

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans should visit The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball headover to Baseball Nation.

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Phillies Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Braves open a three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night at Turner Field with Brandon Beachy on the mound. The Phillies will counter with left hander Cole Hamels. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since Philly eliminated the Braves from postseason contention on the last day of the 2011 season.

Both teams are coming off of slightly disappointing four-game splits. The Braves went 2-2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend losing 9-3 on Monday. The Phillies split with the Chicago Cubs after a 6-4 win on Monday.

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, May 1, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

Pitching Matchup: Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73 ERA)

TV: MLB Network, SportSouth

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans should visit The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Braves vs. Phillies Preview: No Chase Utley, No Ryan Howard, No Problem?

Two rivals in the NL East meet in Atlanta this week.

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