WP: Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52 ERA) LP: Tim Hudson (13-5, 3.76 ERA)
Offensively, the Phillies picked up right where they left off in last night's extra-innings thriller. John Mayberry got things going with a RBI single to center field, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two innings later, Jimmy Rollins hit a solo-shot to right field, his 16th home run of the season. Two innings after that in the top of the fifth, Chase Utley hit his ninth double of 2012 and scored Juan Pierre on first base, giving the Phillies a 3-0 advantage.
With the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the sixth, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by walking in a run. A couple of batters later, Ty Wigginton got the Phillies a 5-0 lead with a ground-out, scoring Frandsen on third. That would eventually work out to be the final scoring play for the Phillies of today's ballgame.
Cliff Lee finally is starting to look like himself as of late, as he had another stellar start in his outing today. He went seven shutout innings strong, allowing just one walk and five hits while striking out five batters. 67 of his 93 total pitches were thrown for strikes. B.J. Rosenberg allowed a home run in the eighth, but Antonio Bastardo came in to close the game on 1.2 shutout innings to end the Atlanta hope of a comeback.
The Phillies are now (27-19) since the All-Star break, and are inching closer, with each win and loss by teams ahead of them, to the final wildcard spot in the National League.
The series finale will feature LHP Cole Hamels (14-6), as he returns from his recent illness that kept him out of his recent start, and former Cub & Pirate, LHP Paul Maholm (2-3). Hamels is (12-7) in his career against the Atlanta Braves with a 3.54 ERA in 162.2 innings pitched. Maholm, against the Phillies in his career, is (4-2) with a 4.11 ERA in 50.1 innings.
Hamels last faced the Braves at home on August 7th of this season, as he threw a complete-game shutout for his twelfth victory of the season. He allowed five hits and struck out six batters that game on 111 total pitches thrown. Maholm's last start against the Phillies was with the Cubs on on April 27, 2012. He got the victory on 6.1 innings pitched, as he allowed just five hits and one earned run.
The game will start at 5:05 pm EST, and can be seen on MyPHL17 and heard on 1210 WPHT AM & 94 WIP FM.
Starting Pitching Summary:
- Cliff Lee: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 3.52 ERA
- Tim Hudson*: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3.76 ERA
- B.J. Rosenberg (8th): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 13.09 ERA
- Antonio Bastardo (8th, 9th): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR, 4.81 ERA
- Luis Avilan (6th, 7th): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 2.28 ERA
- Peter Moylan (8th) 2012 debut: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA
- Miguel Batista (9th): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 4.81 ERA
- Top of the 1st (Phillies 1, Braves 0): John Mayberry singles on a line drive to center fielder Reed Johnson. Juan Pierre scores.
- Top of the 3rd (Phillies 2, Braves 0): Jimmy Rollins homers (16) on a fly ball to right field.
- Top of the 5th (Phillies 3, Braves 0): Chase Utley doubles (9) on a fly ball to center fielder Reed Johnson. Juan Pierre scores.
- Top of the 6th (Phillies 4, Braves 0): Cliff Lee walks. Laynce Nix scores.
- Top of the 6th (Phillies 5, Braves 0): Ty Wigginton grounds into a force out. Kevin Frandsen scores.
- Bottom of the 8th (Phillies 5, Braves 1): Martin Prado homers (9) on a fly ball to left field.
- Sunday, September 2, 2012; 5:05 pm EST
- Philadelphia Phillies (64-69) at Atlanta Braves (74-59)
- Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99 ERA) vs. Paul Maholm (2-3, 2.45 ERA)
- TV: MyPHL17
- Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP
Matt Rappa is a contributor for Buzz on Broad. You can find him on Twitter at @mattrappa.
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