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Gameday 97: Phlliies at Braves

Atlanta Braves (53-43) at Philadelphia Phillies (42-54)

Starting Pitchers:
ATL: RHP Aaron Harang (9-6, 3.53 ERA)
PHI: LHP Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.93 ERA)

Time: 7:10, Turner Field
TV: NBC 10
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

The good news is that on June 18, the Phillies tagged Aaron Harang for 9 runs and 13 hits in 5 innings en route to a 10-5 win at Turner Field. The bad news is that since then, Harang has been lights-out with a 4-0 record and a 2.57 ERA.

Domonic Brown is back in the lineup after sitting out last night’s loss. He is batting .313 versus Atlanta this season.


Sizemore CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Howard 1B / Byrd RF / Asche 3B / Brown LF / Rupp C /Hamels P



  1. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Sizemore gets a leadoff hit. Always good to see.

  2. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    WooHoo! a game day thread, thanks Brian

  3. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Argh. The Braves pitcher is throwing crap, and we still can’t get a run out of it.

  4. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Tracy, I don’t know if you read my trivia question earlier. Did you see it?

    • Tracey

      July 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      The one about Howard hitting worse than people we’ve barely even heard of? Yeah, I saw it. Too depressing to think about.

      • Lefty

        July 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm

        lol -sorry for the reminder 🙂

  5. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Not only did they run a thread, they got the game number right too.

    • Tracey

      July 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Woo hoo! Now if the Phillies can get it together the way PN did, that would be great…

  6. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Hamels: 24 pitches through 2, and 18 of them are strikes. He’s looking good so far.

  7. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    HAHAHAHA!!! Hamels is also providing the offense!

  8. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Bases loaded for the big man

  9. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Can’t send the pitcher on Heywards arm

  10. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Even McKannin that

  11. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    (sigh) 5 LOB already.

  12. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Harang is pitching crap, pitch count already up to 59, but we can’t get a run out of him.

    • c. schreiber

      July 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      That’s because we can’t square up a pitch.

  13. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Braves announcers point out that Cole spent almost the whole inning on the bases. See if it affects him.

    • Tracey

      July 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Didn’t seem to do him any harm. Still pitching rock solid.

  14. c. schreiber

    July 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    The usual clutch hitting….Christ sakes, the 4 &5 hitter a popup and a dribbler.

  15. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I’m not sayin anything about ….. I’m not saying anything.

    • Tracey

      July 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Are you trying to avoid the “n” word?

  16. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    (sigh) 6 LOB. TMac says “not a whole lot of offense for either side.” Dumbo. Plenty of offense for the Phils — 4 hits already — just no runs.

    • Lefty

      July 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Lol Dumbo- He’s got the elephant ears.

      • Tracey

        July 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm

        I started to write something else that starts with “dumb,” but I wasn’t sure if it would get me censored. (grin)

  17. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I’m not sayin nothing, which could mean I am sayin something I guess, but I’m not!

    • Tracey

      July 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      If not for a HBP in the first inning, we might be looking at a “p” word followed by a “g” word.

  18. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I think the Phils should just stand there and wait for their walk. Would probably give them a better OBP against this guy.

    • Lefty

      July 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      I could’ve drawn a walk from here I think.

  19. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm


  20. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    (sigh) there goes the no-hitter.

    Can we at least give Hamels a win after that tremendous effort?

  21. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Told you I wasn’t saying nothin’. Still pitching a beauty thus far.

  22. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm


  23. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Come on, Cole: Looks like you’re going to have to provide your own offense as well as brilliant pitching.

  24. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    OH BABY!!!!

    … it’s about freaking time…

  25. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Now were having fun!

  26. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Very close

  27. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    The run scored prior to the out so it will count regardless

  28. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm


  29. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    double-digit LOB. Awesome. (not)

  30. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    10 men LOB

  31. c. schreiber

    July 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Schmeck, where does the Phils stand as far RISP in the NL. They have got to be in he lower 2 or 3.

    • schmenkman

      July 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Yep, for the year their 9th in OPS with RISP, but probably more importantly in that case, 13th in batting average with RISP (.232).

      They were doing well enough with runners in scoring position, but have plummeted lately.

      Through June 14th (66 games): .242 average overall, .242 with RISP
      Since June 15th (29 games): .228 average overall, .199 with RISP

      Averages across the NL: .249 overall, .246 with RISP

  32. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    (sigh) There’s one for the blooper reel.

  33. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Woo hoo! Got ‘im!

  34. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Very impressive throw and tag

  35. psujoe

    July 19, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Rupp has one heck of a cannon. The team has some good young players, especially in the Pen. Lee, Paplebon and a truck load of money to the dodgers for the young stud OF and SS prospect.

  36. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Well Mr Papelbon, if you want out, this is the kind of game you have to show your chops in.

  37. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    WOO HOO!!!!

    Cleanest save I’ve ever seen Crapelbum pull off!

  38. Tracey

    July 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    (chuckle) My Phillies app has Harry Kalas sing High Hopes when the Phils win. My only high hope at this point is that they win a game occasionally.

  39. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    That was quick! ! Nice job, you’ll be pitching for a contender in no time flat.

    • Hogey's Role

      July 19, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      I hope so!!

      Tomorrow would be great

  40. Hogey's Role

    July 19, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Awesome game cole!!
    Nice job pap…

    Now it’s time to start dealing some players Ruben, let’s go… Start shipping some guys out, pay some of their salary, and get some prospects back in this organization

  41. Lefty

    July 19, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Andrew’s not here so –
    winner winner chicken dinner!

  42. psujoe

    July 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    They can get a very good package for Papplebon as long as they eat some salary. Need a solid OF bat that can actually field/

    • DavidE

      July 20, 2014 at 12:01 am

      Dodgers need relief help. I doubt they would close a deal this week though. They want Papelbon available against the Giants.

  43. Hogey's Role

    July 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    There is a poll up on mlbtraderumors as to whether or not the phils will make a deadline deal this year or not….

    They damn well better make multiple deadline deals, they should be making deals right now as we speak…

    I’m available tonight and tomorrow, if you need help pulling the trigger on these deals let me know, I’m not attached to anyone…. Lol

  44. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 19, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Fantastic game by Hamels! Solid defense, especially Rupp’s arm, and the Giles-Papeltool train continues to roll full steam ahead. Let’s win this series!
    How about the Braves releasing Uggla?! What a great return to baseball for me to watch: we beat the Braves and Uggla is gone, and Cole through almost five, flirted with a no-hitter!

  45. Andrew from waldorf

    July 20, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    Lets catch those mets!

  46. Hogey's Role

    July 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Via mlbtraderumors…..

    The Phillies have been discouraged by what they’re hearing from other teams on Cole Hamels. The Phillies consider him their biggest trade chip, but will hold on to him if they don’t get what they consider a fair deal. The Red Sox sent their top pitching scout to watch the hurler before the break and the Phillies have scouted Boston’s major and minor league teams all season. One major league source said if the Phillies get a taker on the full contract and they get three top prospects, he’s gone, and Hamels, according to another major league source, wouldn’t mind.

    • Lefty

      July 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I’ll always be a Cole fan, but if it’s what all sides they feel they have to do, then so be it. No surprise to me if Cole is sick of so little run support.

    • Scotty Ingerton

      July 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Jim Bowden has proposed seven deals for the Phillies:

      1. Left-handed starter Cole Hamels to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for center fielder Joc Pederson and left-handed pitcher Julio Urias

      2. Left-handed starter Cliff Lee to the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Aaron Judge and right-handed starter Luis Severino

      3. Second baseman Chase Utley to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for third baseman Renato Nunez and second baseman Chad Pinder

      4. Right-hander A.J. Burnett and closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey, left-handed pitcher Tim Berry and right-handed hurler Parker Bridwell

      5. Right fielder Marlon Byrd to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Gabby Guerrero

      6. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for right-handed reliever Corey Knebel and middle infielder Hernan Perez

      7. Left-hander Antonio Bastardo to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-handed pitcher David Hale and infielder/outfielder Edward Salcedo

      • Ken Bland

        July 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

        Good list, and of the ones I could at least offer a semi intelligent comment on, there’s a lot of practicality to the idea. The Byrd/Guerrero deal seems pretty plausible, bloodlines like that are no guarantee, but they at least offer some hope for a steal of sorts. Not that acquiring Burnett and Papelbon would e terrible for the O’s, but I wonder if the Duquette/Showalter lead decision team gives up Hunter Harvey for tham. Maybe depends on what kind of salary level the Phils pay.

        But that Hamels to LA deal, I don’t know. From the Phils perspective, you’re getting A LOT, even if it’s hard to project on an 18 year old pitcher. And there’s nothing wrong with LA strengthening a strength, but it does nothing to alleviate the offensive problems they have shown in big situations. I wonder if they might not be better off dealing some excessive talent
        and replenishing their farm system, and giving Pederson a shot. Players like Hanley aren’t easily replaced, but their best bet might be his regaining health, and being Hanley. The deal makes more sense for the Phils than LA.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        What’s are the bloodlines??

        And I don’t think that’s a big enough return for cole hamels

      • Lefty

        July 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

        I know absolutely nothing about other teams farm systems, I just don’t keep a close enough eye on that kind of thing. But it seems to me that Orioles wouldn’t be looking to trade many prospects. Also, they just lost two draft choices last offseason signing Ubaldo and Cruz.

        I could see one, maybe two, of some variation on these possibilities. As I said yesterday, I really don’t believe the Dodgers are looking to spend/trade a lot for starting pitching. They would more likely be in the market for Burnett than Hamels IMO.

        Lee or Hamels to the Yankees looks more plausible to me.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        That lee to the Yankees for judge And Severino is the exact deal I proposed a couple days ago, so let’s get it done…. Hopefully cliff will show he is healthy and we can get a deal done…

        We need to rebuild

  47. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Like a Phillies win streak, the game day thread was short-lived. Lol. Evil KK has continued to emerge in the never-ending battle between Good KK and Evil KK. Although he has moved his hideous Modus operandi to the second inning, and as I type this, has just loaded them. Argh!!!

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