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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (63-69) at Braves (74-58)

Philadelphia Phillies (63-69) at Atlanta Braves (74-58)

Cliff Lee (3-7, 3.67) vs. Tim Hudson (13-4, 3.57)

Time: 4:05, Turner Field
TV: Fox
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 88
Media: Twitter and Facebook

After  pulling out a very impressive win against a tough Atlanta bullpen last night, the Phillies now find themselves eight games back of the second Wild Card spot. Wins like last night’s make it difficult to push away those thoughts in the back of your mind–the ones that tell you, “Sure it’s a long shot, but this team has had miracle runs in September before. Why not this year?” The thoughts you know you shouldn’t be having, but that you can’t quite help. A long shot, for sure. But an impossibility? Not quite.

Those slight tinges of hope could become a fully-developed feeling should the Phillies continue to find magic in this Braves series like they did last night. The Phils will have to win around 24 of their last 30 games to have a chance, and sweeping the Braves would be a good start. But beating the the Braves has been no easy task for the Phillies this season. Their 4-9 record against Atlanta makes for the worst winning percentage against any divisional opponent.

Surprisingly, today’s starter, Cliff Lee, has not contributed to that at all. He has yet to face the Braves this season. For his career, however, Lee has gone 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA against Atlanta. His ERA when pitching at Turner Field is a full run higher. However, if he can find a way to spin a gem today, and run that personal win count to four, that tinge of hope you’re feeling we’ll grow, ever-so-slightly.

LINEUP: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Mayberry CF, Nix RF, Frandsen 3B Kratz C, Lee P

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Your Gameday Beer: Victory Golden Monkey

Is there any activity more synonymous with celebrating our troops than relaxing with a few beers over a long weekend? Treat yourself today by enjoying a Golden Monkey by Victory. Based in Downington, PA, Victory brews their beers right in the Cradle of Liberty’s backyard. The beer also happens to be stellar, with a slight sweetness and a strong banana presence. This golden Belgium style beer is a perfect way to close out another summer.  -RD

Go Phillies!

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  1. Cs

    September 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Spoil those braves!

  2. toddfromfairmount

    September 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Guess Stiff Lee’s work load this year had Charlie thinkin 93 pitches was too much to go the 8th? Unreal. Pirates lose tnite and the nats and us hold on, we are 7 of the pace. Giddy up.

  3. Ken Bland

    September 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Fractionally better than the Philly “At least we’re not going down lying down” Phils playoff chances would incredibly be Cliff Lee’s nini minimal shot at a 3.00 even ERA. Considering the lack of consistent public confidence behind his results much of the year, that’d be something. 32 more consecutive scoreless innings, and he’s there. How hard is that? he’s given up 3 earned runs in his last 20 innings in getting much better results than most of the year.

    Maybe it’s a fractionally worse shot actually than the ball club’s hair playoff shot, but it’d be very cool to give it a run.


    September 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Fine game from Cliff Lee. Rosenburg continues to stink it up. Send this fellow down for more seasoning. He just does not have it at all. Shoot for 500, or better

  5. Ken Bland

    September 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    From the This Date in Great Game History Department…

    I wish I’d thought to guess how many times a pitcher has stole home after reading about the last time it happened, and THEN running across the total.

    Oh, well. Today is the 49th anniversary of the last time it occurred. And guess what team it happened against. Are you kidding me? Think dreaded history. Think wouldn’t it figger? Ex-Phillie penetrating every imaginable revenge as Curt Simmons holds the mark with an asterisk, a busted squeeze play. Simmons also blasted a triple, and had 2 ribs. Oh, I bet they just adored his status as an ex-Phil that day. The stylish lefthander was the victim, a description that more than negates need for his actual name.

    Stealing home by a pitcher wasn’t exactly uncommon prior to that. Curt’s pilerage was the 40th time it happened. That included twice by Christy Mathewson, and one by Johnny Vandermeer, leaving him with the unlikely resume of twice as many no hitters in a row as career steals of the home base.

    I wonder what would be a good seque to close out with wishing one time terrific Phille Garry Maddox a very happy 62nd birthday today. Keep rolling, Mr. Secretary. Maybe elsewhere on the old time scoreboard would work. Only if 62 is old time. I don’t think so.

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 2, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Maddox is only 62?

    I hope Ruben didnt read this.

    He may extend him.

    The team is playing well.
    But Id be lieing if I didnt say that with no pressure Id expect them to play lights out.

    They proved when the pressure is on in 2010 and 2011 what they are capable of.

    • Ken Bland

      September 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

      He’s 63. And it’s because I didn’t add correctly, as opposed to birthdays on consecutive days.

  7. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 2, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    8 games out with 33 to play.

    It can happen.

  8. DCmikey

    September 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    WHERE ARE the post game wrote ups??? I visit this site every single day and I look forward to te synopsis of the game.

    But, there has not been one for the past 2 games. And of course it is when we play extremely well and WIN!

    I assume bc it’s Labor Day weekend? And that’s why fewer people are posting?? Or bc for the past 2 or so games there has not been a lot to complain about??? Either way, c’mon PN!!!! You’re an awesome asset to keep me/everyone else in the loop

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