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2010 Game Recaps

Phillies lock up best record in Majors beating Atlanta, again

Vance Worely pitched five shutout innings and allowed only one hit making a bid to jump into the 5th starter competition in Spring Training next year.  He combined with Antonio Bastardo, Danys Baez, Ryan Madson, and Jose Contreras for the three hit shutout beating the Braves 7-0.

The Phillies are 97-64.  Even if they lose today they would still have the best record in the Major Leagues.  Besides the obvious, the win, another bright spot for the Phillies was the return of Placido Polanco.  Polanco received a cortisone shot on Wednesday but was back in the lineup last night against the Braves going 2 for 4.  In the beginning of the season, when Polly received a shot he went on a hitting tear reaching base safely in nine straight games.  Let’s hope his elbow is feeling good going into the playoffs.

Shane Victorino had three hits for the Phillies, while Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Polly, Brian Schneider all had two hits each.  It really seems the Phillies are getting help from all angles.  This is very good going into the playoffs not having to depend on the long ball.

The Phillies are still going to hit home runs, don’t get me wrong, but I think they are at their best when they can score seven run via small ball.  One number I would like to see down next week is strikeouts.  Braves pitching struck out Phillies hitters 15 times in this game.  Now I know a win is a win and they did get 14 hits, but capitalizing with runners on is key come playoff time.  They did strand 17 runners as well.

Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt will get some work in today gearing up for their respective NLDS starts next week.



  1. Kieran Carobine

    October 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Sorry so late guys. Go Phillies!!


    October 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Thank you RedSox it’s nice to wake up and see that my Phillies have clinched BEST record in MLB for the 1st time in 127 years


    October 3, 2010 at 11:39 am

    : Rollins 6, Polanco 5, Utley 4, Howard 3, Werth 9, Ibanez 7, Victorino 8, Ruiz 2, Hamels 1


    October 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Manuel has told reporters Hamels will go two innings and Oswalt one. …Bobby Cox wasn’t exactly buying it.

  5. Chuck

    October 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    JAY-AKA has waaaayyy too much time on his hands.

  6. Bart Shart

    October 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Say goodbye and good riddance to Bobby Cox, once and for all. A nasty little prick who got all the breaks when Ted Turner hired him to manage an up-and-coming dynasty with three HOF starters in the rotation and a host of other exceptional talent. Anyone could have managed that team. But Bobby got only one World Championship in 15 trips to the playoffs.. Not at all praise worthy. His tantrums with umpires are famous. His hunger for the spotlight gluttonous. His wife beating escapades were caught by the media as were his drunken sprees. This is no hero, folks. Ask serious fans from Atlanta. They say goodbye and good riddance to Bobby Cox, once and for all.

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