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Philadelphia Phillies Avoid Sweep, Down Atlanta Braves 1-0

April 17th, 2014 at 4:59 PM
By Nick Gill

'Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon closing out the game' photo (c) 2012, Matthew Straubmuller - license:

A night after the Philadelphia Phillies lost 1-0 to the Atlanta Braves, they returned the favor Thursday afternoon. For the second consecutive game, pitching dominated. Yesterday, it was Cliff Lee and Julio Teheran with spectacular performances. Today, it was Phillies starter A.J. Burnett and Braves starter Alex Wood.

Coming off a groin injury in his last start, Burnett went out and tossed a gem. He lasted seven innings, allowing zero earned runs on only three hits. He walked two and struck out five. He did not earn the win because for the second straight game, the Phillies offense was quiet.

Atlanta starting pitcher, Alex Wood, gave a masterful performance as well. Wood went all eight innings, giving up one earned run on eight hits and striking out seven. He was tabbed with the loss because Phillies center fielder Ben Revere singled home the only run of the game in the eighth inning with two outs. He had three hits, but none bigger than the single to plate Domonic Brown for the game winner. Second baseman Chase Utley was the only other player in the game to record multiple hits, going 2-3.

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Philadelphia Phillies Squander Cliff Lee Complete Game, Blanked by Atlanta Braves 1-0

April 16th, 2014 at 10:07 PM
By Nick Gill

After rain washed out the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves last night, the two teams were back at it Wednesday night. The pitchers seems to get the better of the rest with both Phillies' starter Cliff Lee and Braves' starter Julio Teheran throwing complete games. Teheran (2-1) picked up the complete game win dominating the Phillies by giving up three hits, walking no one, and striking out four.

'Cliff Lee' photo (c) 2011, Darrin - license:

Philadelphia wasted a masterful start from Lee (2-2). He went the distance, allowing one earned run, 11 hits, one walk, and struck out 13 batters. Lee threw a career-high 128 pitches, 85 of them strikes. Lee served up Braves outfielder Jason Heyward with the golden sombrero, striking him out four times.

The Phillies bats could not help Lee as they were baffled by Teheran. The team only mustered three singles all night courtesy of Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, and Carlos Ruiz.

Atlanta was able to string together some hits, but they were equally dominated by Lee. Catcher Evan Gattis was the difference with his solo home run in the fourth inning. Gattis, who was 4-4 on the night, has blasted three home runs in two games against the Phillies this season. The only other player in the game with multiple hits was Atlanta third basemen Chris Johnson, with three singles.

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Philadelphia Phillies Lose to Atlanta Braves 9-6 on Dan Uggla Grand Slam

April 14th, 2014 at 11:29 PM
By Nick Gill

After a sweep of the Miami Marlins, the Philadelphia Phillies tried to keep their momentum against another NL East foe in the Atlanta Braves. For much of the game it was a pitcher's duel, but the Atlanta offense exploded for five home runs including a Dan Uggla grand slam in the ninth inning to capture the 9-6 win.

'Ryan Howard breaking a sweat on a hot day' photo (c) 2011, Matthew Straubmuller - license:

The game began with both starting pitchers dealing. Braves starter Ervin Santana held the Phillies off balance, utilizing his fastball, change-up and a nasty slider. He worked six innings, striking out 11 Phillies' batters and only allowing four hits and one run. The run came off a Ryan Howard home run into the bullpen in center field to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

Atlanta finally got on the board in the sixth inning when catcher Evan Gattis ripped two-run home run to the opposite field. Phillies starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez went six innings, giving up the two runs, and allowing four hits and six walks.

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Philadelphia Phillies Complete Home Sweep of Miami Marlins 4-3

April 13th, 2014 at 7:28 PM
By Nick Gill

Just three days after being swept at home by the Milwaukee Brewers, the Philadelphia Phillies came back and swept their NL East division foes, the Miami Marlins. Philadelphia rode timely hitting and their pitching to the three consecutive victories. The Marlins were held to four runs or fewer in each game.

'Ryan Howard's Idiosyncratic Batting Stance' photo (c) 2008, Rich Anderson - license:

Miami was able to jump out to an early lead Sunday afternoon when third basemen Casey McGehee singled home Christian Yelich in the first inning. Yelich added an RBI single of his own in the second inning to make it 2-0.

Ryan Howard cut the deficit with a home run in the third inning to left center. The Marlins responded with a home run by Garrett Jones in the fifth to make the score 3-1.

In the bottom half of the fifth inning, back-up catcher Wil Nieves singled home two runs to tie the game at 3-3. Nieves collected three hits on the afternoon.

Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick exited after the sixth inning. He went six innings, gave up three runs, two earned, and struck out seven in a no-decision. Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez also worked six innings, but allowed 12 hits, three earned runs, and struck out five.

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Jimmy Rollins Walk Off HR Leads Philadelphia Phillies Over Miami Marlins

April 13th, 2014 at 11:13 AM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Phillies made it two wins in a row with the help of a shortstop Jimmy Rollins walk off home run in the 10th innings to lead his team to a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins. It was the second game ending home run for Rollins in the big leagues and the 201st of his career.

'Jimmy Rollins rounding the bases after hitting his second Home Run of the night' photo (c) 2012, Matthew Straubmuller - license:

Rollins also put the Phillies on the board for their first run of the game with an RBI single that scored Tony Gwynn Jr, who started in place of the injured Ben Revere. Second baseman Chase Utley followed with a double to make it 2-0 Phillies.

Because ace Cole Hamels is still not ready to take the mound, the Phillies called on Jonathan Pettibone to make the start and he pitched a solid outing. Miami got to him in the second when the defense let him down. Ryan Howard made an error with the bases loaded to allow the Marlins to cut the lead to 2-1.

Philadelphia was able to extend their lead in the third inning when Utley ripped another RBI double, bringing home Gwynn Jr. Howard singled home Utley to make it 4-1. The top of the Phillies order of Gwynn Jr, Rollins, Utley and Howard, combined for eights hits, all five runs, and all five RBIs. 

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