Season High 18 Hits Propels Phillies to Sweep in Atlanta – Phillies Nation
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Season High 18 Hits Propels Phillies to Sweep in Atlanta

Veteran righty Aaron Harang was roughed up by the Phillies, allowing nine runs over five innings, as the Phillies won 10-5 over the Braves. It’s their first sweep in Atlanta since 2011.

-The Phillies offense was the story in this one, possibly for the first time since they opened the season in Texas. How about 18 hits and 10 runs? Marlon Byrd hit a homer and the Phillies posted five doubles on the day, trashing Aaron Harang.

-Roberto Hernandez stuck it through six innings, although he probably should have been pulled before that. He got lucky on a handful of double-plays and was generally average, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out two.

-Ken Giles pitched the 8th and 9th innings and looked great doing it. He struck out three, allowing one hit and one walk, needing 38 pitches to finish the frames. The slider looked nasty at times and his fastball, while not registering 100, was humming. Antonio Bastardo also pitched well, striking out two in his inning of work. Mama, who is that man? This bullpen has been solid lately.

-It was the Phillies first road sweep of any kind since April 2013. Are you now believing? This division is a winnable disaster, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility. But I can’t help but think the longer they keep it closer in the race, the longer the wait will be for some sort of move to the future. You’re looking at maybe being a buyer and not a seller next month.

-Wil Nieves went 3-for-6 with two doubles, but was hurt late in the game, pulling up lame as he ran to second base. Carlos Ruiz relieved him for the final frame. Look for Koyie Hill to join the club as the travel to St. Louis.



  1. Mike in NJ

    June 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Nice series and game!

    Now watch them score 1 run on 4 hits tomorrow lol.

  2. DavidE

    June 18, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Enjoy the sweep! But just remember there are a lot of ups and down in a baseball season. This sweep is one of the big ups. Regarding trades, I still don’t think the Phillies should be buyers unless the other team is just dumping salary. The Phillies have so few prospects, they really can’t trade any to try and win a title now. Regarding Grady Sizemore, I just don’t see it.

  3. TimC

    June 18, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    No way Ruben should be a buyer at the deadline this year. He better know we need what young prospects we have. The best case scenario we should be embracing at trade deadline is that we are firmly in the race, and trade contracts of veterans to find a more useful combination. Example: Papelbon to a Relief-needy team for an upgrade in OF or SP.

    • Chuck A.

      June 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      If the Phillies are in the race at the deadline I can’t see them dealing Papelbon. Not that I wouldn’t welcome the salary dump but he’s actually been very good this year.

    • wbramh

      June 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      I’d still trade Papelbon even if the team is in the hunt. He’s really done his job this year which surprised the hell out if me for one. But between the salary dump and the probability that they may already have another closer on the team in Giles, I’d trade him while his value is back up and some contending team might overpay for his services. Plus, I was seeing a few fastballs drop below 90mph this week. The probability of any closer being hot for two years in a row is usually pretty low… unless their name is Rivera – but I’m talking mortals.

  4. Andrew from waldorf

    June 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    They will be in the race. The division is atrocious.

    Even if they won every game the rest of the year though Id be calling for Ruben to be fired.

    I know id feel better if someone else was in charge. Deciding if the Phillies are buyers or sellers and making deals rather than him.

    that said

    It is what it is.

    We can even enjoy this season.

    And this Phillies team is at times the worst team Ive ever followed.
    9 shut outs comes to mind.

    But still fun.

  5. loupossehl

    June 18, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Whether the Phillies are buyers or sellers should be dictated not by where we are in the standings but by what we can get in trades. Making a run for the mediocre NLE will do nothing – less than nothing – for the future. Our future is in the minor leagues and, basically, what we have in the minors is inadequate.

    So if by some mistake … miracle … whatever it takes …. clubs want to offer us lots of real young talent for what we have, then we have to bale and we should unload. Barring that, we certainly shouldn’t just throw the club to the winds – play the hand out and see what happens. P.S. As to 500 ball, mired in mediocrity, etc., the ’80 club at one point was 55-52.

    • wbramh

      June 18, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Totally agree with you that it’s all about returns and not about buying or selling.
      As for any comparison to the 80’s team, of course baseball is replete with late-blooming successful teams. My aforementioned favorite being the ’51 Giants.
      But I’m sorry – this team will not rise to that pantheon of baseball lore.
      I’d be grateful for smart and reasonably competitive baseball even if they don’t improve on last year’s record – just continue to show us a pulse once in awhile like they’ve done in Atlanta.

      I’d sell off anyone and everyone if they can land either promising young ML-level player(s) in return for some teams’ short-term needs – or serious prospects and high draft choices in return.
      But as you said, deals have to be favorable to this club.

      Hopefully, they’ll remain very much in contention at trade time so potential trade partners don’t smell blood.

    • schmenkman

      June 18, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      “Making a run for the mediocre NLE will do nothing – less than nothing – for the future.”

      I don’t get this. I couldn’t care less how good or bad the NL East is (and it’s at least the 2nd best division in the NL). If I have a real chance to get to the postseason (and therefore have as much a chance of winning it all as anyone), I certainly take it and the “future” can wait another year.

      • loupossehl

        June 19, 2014 at 2:02 am

        As just-appointed GM of this team, I will gladly relinquish a 20-to-1 shot at WS champs – assuming we end up as best-of-the-worst in the NLE (wild card isn’t going to come from this grab-bag) – for a trade that lands me some kid in AA or AAA who’s the next Mike Trout. Any run for the roses that falls short of complete success, (a.k.a. WS champs) only serves to once again land us a tail-end choice in the next draft. If we keep doing that, we’ll never dig ourselves out of the hold in which we find ourselves today.

        We already did a trade like this, with the Astros and involving Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart. Unfortunately, we were the “giver” and they “took”. Now we need to reverse the process.

  6. Lefty

    June 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Fun game to watch. I couldn’t see it live, so just finished the DVR version. Ceasar Hernandez may not be the worlds greatest shortstop, but he impresses me with his bat and speed. Marlon Byrd was a fantastic pick up. And Ryan Howard plays so well against the Braves – nice job with opposite field hitting. Giles has been very impressive whether the gun at CBP is 2-3 MPH high or not.

  7. photoFred

    June 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

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