2010 Top Moments

Top Moment #19: Phillies Keep Pushing Braves Back

On September 1, the Phillies were three games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East.  The Phillies had a history of being a hot team in September, and it looked as if the division race would go down to the final games.

The Phillies got on a hot streak and moved ahead of the Braves in the standings.  Eventually, a gap was built between the first place Phillies and second place Braves.  Our top moment, September 22, 2010, marks the  night when Philadelphia could unofficially put the Braves in the rear view mirror.

The game began with a promising matchup of Tommy Hanson and Roy Oswalt.  Neither starter allowed a run.  Hanson surrendered just two hits and three walks over six innings.  Oswalt pitched remarkably as well, tossing seven shutout innings.  He only gave up one hit and one walk.

But with no runs on the board, the Phillies had to rely on the offense and bullpen, both which were questionable at times in 2010.  On the offensive front, there really wasn’t one guy that would consistently be the hero.  Somebody new would always step up.  Who would it be this time?

At the beginning of 2009, there were plenty of “RAUUUUUUUL” chants to go around.  However, they weren’t as common in 2010 as Ibanez somewhat struggled at the plate.  In this game against the Braves, the chants returned.  Ibanez came through in the eighth inning, slicing a double down the left field line, scoring Jayson Werth.  It was the lone run of the game, but it was all that was needed as Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge finished it off.

The 1-0 victory marked the Phillies tenth straight win, but more importantly pushed the Braves to six games back in the division.  The Phillies could quietly say goodbye the Braves, and look forward to another National League East crown.

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  1. Brooks

    January 14, 2011 at 7:52 am

    This year I have not heard too many people talking about the Braves and what a threat they would be to the Phillies hold on the NL East. Last year it was actually annoying –

    The Phillies lost their best 2010 offensive weapon (given the terrible shortcomings with RISP) but at the end of the season acquired the best free agent signing in years with Clifford Lee. The Phils improved. The Braves made some changes, not real minor ones at that – Did the Braves improve? If so, why is there no mention – on this blog, MLB TV – about them being a legitimate threat for the NL East title?

    That was so much fun to watch last year. The Phils launced through September, crushing the teams they needed to on their way to another division crown…

    • Lefty

      January 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      It was fun to watch us pull away last year. The Braves are still good, and adding Uggla will make them even more dangerous. I don’t know why we’re not hearing much except that maybe it’s because Bobby Cox is gone.

  2. Manny

    January 14, 2011 at 11:11 am


    Btw, I was watching the “Top 10 Best Left Fielders in Baseball RIGHT NOW” show on MLB network last night… Number 10, Raul Ibanez. So even though some fans think he’s too old, too bad, and too “declining” –well he’s still in the top tier in MLB. 2010 seemed like a terrible year for Raul, but .275 avg, 16 HRs, and 83 RBIs isn’t too shabby.

    • Chuck

      January 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm


    • Lefty

      January 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      I agree Manny, he’s not as bad as some suggest. A little long in the tooth maybe, but a decent guy and a competitor to the end. There were a lot of names left off that list last night that most here would think were better. I do think we need to give him more games off though, it will keep him fresher. IMO- 110 starts would be ideal.

  3. Don M

    January 14, 2011 at 11:53 am

    last year, preseason.. i had the Braves as a playoff team … you have to think that they will be in a similar spot this year. However with Chipper.. Billy Wagner .. older/retired that has to hurt.

    But another year of Heyward, Jurrjens, Hanson, Prado … McCann is legit. .. and adding Uggla .. they will be dangerous again!

    I think our health is the key this year.. looking at what we overcame last year, I only hope that we can stay healthy this year and make a stronger showing in the postseason

    • Lefty

      January 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      We can’t possibly lose more man games of starters than last year, we pretty much hit bottom there.

      So while the Braves are dangerous, and they’ll put up the good fight, I think we’ll take them.

      “I believe in Phillies, and the only thing that scares me is Kaiser Soze”.

  4. Brooks

    January 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Kaiser Soze? WTF Lefty!

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