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PostHeaderIcon Braves capitalize on Phillies mistakes, claim finale

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The two days of nearly flawless baseball from the Phillies was broken up on Wednesday in the early afternoon series finale against the Braves.

The Phillies allowed three unearned runs and pitching walked nine Braves hitters in a difficult day all around for the Phillies.

With a series win already claimed, the Braves managed to take away the possibility of a sweep with a 7-4 win over the Phillies at Turner Field on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Holiday Weekend History: Phillies combine for no-hitter in Atlanta

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The Phillies season ultimately took a turn south in late May when they were the victims of a no-hitter for the first time since 1964. On Monday, in the midst of their best stretch of winning all season, they made a little history of their own.

Cole Hamels pitched six no-hit innings before exiting after throwing 108 pitches. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon finished off the first combined no-hitter in Phillies history in a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday afternoon at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Kyle’s Curse: Kendrick’s early struggles continue in Phillies loss to Braves

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First innings have been the source of struggle for Kyle Kendrick. So on Sunday, there was a sigh of relief from the Phillies dugout when Kendrick breezed through the first.

In the second, the Phillies gave him a lead, but it was short-lived as the early-inning struggles couldn’t be avoided.

The Braves scored twice in the second and four times in the third to take a commanding lead before outlasting a lengthy rain delay to beat the Phillies, 8-2, on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 98 Preview: Phillies at Braves

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The Phillies first win of the second half came behind strong performances from two players whose days in Philadelphia may be numbered.

The Phillies (43-54) press on as the deadline nears with a chance to take the series in Atlanta. The Braves (53-44) are back into a tie for first in the NL East as the series finale takes place. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m.

Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.62 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Kendrick took the loss in his last start, allowing five runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Sunday. Kendrick faced the Braves twice in June. He took the loss on June 27, allowing four runs on nine hits in eight innings. On June 17, he allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings in a win. In 23 games and 17 career starts, Kendrick is 8-3 with a 3.32 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 4-0 with a 2.47 ERA in 12 games and seven starts.

The Phillies will face left-hander Alex Wood (6-7, 3.36 ERA). Wood allowed four runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings in his last start on July 11 against the Cubs, taking a no-decision. Wood faced the Phillies on April 17, allowing one run on eight hits in eight innings in a loss. In eight games and three career starts against the Phillies, Wood is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 5-6 with a 2.94 ERA in 26 games and 11 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Cole And Roll: Rollins homer enough in Hamels gem as Phils hold off Braves

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Cole Hamels pitched inning after inning holding the Braves quiet with nothing to show from his offense. Finally, after Grady Sizemore reached for the fourth time, Jimmy Rollins ensured he wouldn’t be stranded again.

Rollins belted a two-run home run in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the Phillies 2-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 97 Preview: Phillies at Braves

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The Phillies returned from the All-Star Break and picked up where they left off before it, dropping the first game with little offense of note and a rough outing on the mound from the starter.

The Phillies (42-54) continue to slide to the finish and the trade deadline. The Atlanta Braves (53-43) used Friday’s win to pull ahead in the NL East and look to build on their lead. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.93 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed three runs on four hits in seven innings in his last start last Saturday against the Nationals, taking a no-decision. Hamels also faced the Braves on June 16, allowing five hits in seven shutout innings in a no-decision. In 32 games and 31 career starts against the Braves, Hamels is 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 6-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 18 games and 17 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Aaron Harang (9-6, 3.53 ERA). Harang picked up a win in his last start on July 10, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings. Harang faced the Phillies twice in June. On June 18, he allowed nine runs – eight earned – on 13 hits in five innings, taking the loss. He picked up the win on June 29, allowing two runs on 11 hits in seven innings. In 15 games and 14 career starts against the Phillies, Harang is 5-3 with a 5.23 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 5-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 15 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 96 Preview: Phillies at Braves

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Following a four-day break for the All-Star festivities, the Phillies return for the second half of the season.

The Phillies (42-53) make a return to Atlanta for the third series against the Braves in the last month. The Atlanta Braves (52-43) enter the second half in a tie for first in the NL East, looking to pull ahead. First pitch is at 7:35 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (3-5, 2.87 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett allowed two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings in a win against the National last Friday. Burnett’s only start against the Braves this season came on April 17, allowing three hits in seven shutout innings in a no-decision. In 22 games and 21 career starts against the Braves, Burnett is 5-12 with a 3.90 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 1-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 13 career starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Ervin Santana (7-6, 4.01 ERA). Santana took the loss in his last start on July 9, allowing four runs on six hits in seven innings against the Mets. Santana has made three starts against the Phillies this season, including two in June. On June 28, he earned the win allowing two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. On June 17, Santana allowed four runs – three earned – on eight hits in six innings in a loss. In four career starts against the Phillies, Santana is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 4-2 with a 4.02 ERA in seven starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Sweep It Away: Braves claim nightcap from Phillies

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Saturday’s night game, the second of two for the Phillies against the Braves, marked the halfway point of the season. The Phillies fell into the halfway mark reeling as bad as they have all season.

Another listless game at the plate damaged a solid night from spot start for Sean O’Sullivan, as the Phillies fell for the second time on Saturday, 5-1, in the nightcap at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Battering Ram: Braves tag Phillies for 5 in 8th, cruise in opener

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Early scoring has been a big part of the Phillies recent wins – when those wins have come. With the halfway point of the season approaching, the Phillies have followed five-game winning streak just a week ago with six losses in eight games. A ninth game follows in just hours. But first, the Phillies turned a winnable game into a laugher. Ryan Howard’s defense started the problems in the fourth. In the eighth, the Phillies recently hot bullpen struggled mightily – but not with the usual suspects. In the end, it equated to a 9-2 loss to the Braves in Game 1 of the day-night doubleheader on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.  Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 80 Preview: Phillies vs. Braves

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The Braves got some early fireworks on Friday night, leading to a win. There will be one more round of fireworks on Saturday night, but first, there is an afternoon game to open Saturday’s doubleheader.

The Phillies (36-43) continue to see-saw between wins and losses, and look to right the ship again following Friday’s loss. The Atlanta Braves (41-38) go for a second straight win with a chance to claim the NL East lead again on Saturday. First pitch of Game 1 of the doubleheader is at 2:05 p.m.

Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 4.41 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hernandez allowed just two runs on three hits in six innings in his last start against the Marlins, but suffered the loss in the Phillies 4-0 defeat. He faced the Braves on June 18, allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings to pick up the victory in the Phillies 10-5 win. He also allowed two runs on four hits in six innings against the Braves on April 14, taking a no-decision in the Phillies 9-6 loss. In three career starts against the Braves, Hernandez is 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 1-5 with a 3.76 ERA in 11 games and nine starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Ervin Santana (5-5, 4.15 ERA). Santana suffered the loss in his last start to the Nationals, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings. He also suffered a loss on June 17 against the Phillies, allowing four runs – three earned – on eight hits in six innings. He also faced the Phillies on April 14, allowing one run on four hits in six innings, taking a no-decision in the Braves 9-6 win. In three career starts against the Phillies, Santana is 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA.

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