Phillies 8, Braves 7

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You have got to be kidding me. Wickman has succumbed to the Curse of Gene Garber, and the Braves lost a game after rallying from five runs down in the eighth.

After Renteria’s solo homer in the first, the Braves didn’t do anything for six innings. Meanwhile, Hudson allowed six runs, mostly on three homers by Ryan Howard. Seven innings, six hits, three homers, four strikeouts, two walks. If it wasn’t for Howard, he wouldn’t have pitched badly, but it doesn’t work that way.

But in the eighth, Todd Pratt (given the start) hit a two-run homer with Diaz aboard to make it 6-3. The Braves loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth, and LaRoche drove in a run with a groundout. Instead of walking Diaz with the tying runs on base, Manuel (in yet another of his genius moves) let a lefty pitch to him. Home run, Braves lead 7-6.

But Wickman allowed an infield single and a bunt, then walked a pinch-hitter (Randall Simon!). Rollins drove in the tying run, and Langerhans airmailed the throw allowing the runners to advance to second and third. With the infield in, what might have been a 4-6-3 double play and certainly would have been an out turned into a game-winning single. Langerhans or Hudson could be in the Doghouse, but really there’s no room:

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Chipper took the day off with soreness in his side, and Marcus is in Atlanta for tests. Game thread for game two. Here’s a video:

And because I know someone will suggest it now:

56 thoughts on “Phillies 8, Braves 7”

  1. I can’t argue with Torborg, but Hudson really deserves his own doghouse for his entire season which this game was typical of. If he had pitched like expected all year, the Braves would at least be leading the wild card if not still (barely) in the division race.

  2. So what time does game 2 start and is it really not being televised like Torborg or Rathbun claimed during game 1?

  3. The Braves’ site says the game is on TBS. Others say it’s not on television at all. Yahoo says the game is at 5:05, ESPN says 5:35 P.M. Who knows?

    I wish the Braves would have just gone 1-2-3 in the ninth instead of that horrible, horrible rollercoaster.

  4. Orr got thrown out. I know I’ve ranted about this many times, but how many times will Bobby continue his “one free out every game” plan? It seems every other game the Braves try one steal, get thrown out, and that be the last one until the next game or, at most, the game after the next where Bobby will try just one steal and give up that free out again.

  5. If, by some miracle, there is a save situation in the 9th for the Braves, does Wickman get the call again, or do you not pitch your closer twice in a day?

  6. It’s 1-1 now after four innings thanks to Cormier’s inability to throw strikes. Luckily Francoeur bailed his sorry butt out by throwing Ryan Howard out at second on a would-be double.

  7. ‘Zalright. No-hitters are frequent compared to competent starts by Cormier. Now can the offense produce again?

  8. We are putting a lot of faith in Cormier letting him bat in the 6th, but it’s not likely to turn out well.

  9. Sucks, that stinks. I think McCann needs a break, because at this rate he won’t get the batting title anyway.

  10. Six innings of one run baseball from Lance Cormier? Is he on it or are the Phillies just really tired?

  11. Okay, I will refrain from saying anything more about Cormier for fear of jinxing him again, but, come on, who is this man and what did he do with the real Lance Cormier?

  12. ‘Rissa, at the start of this series Wickman told Bobby he would close all 4 games if he needed him to, according to Skip on the radio. That man is a gamer.

    Go Braves!

  13. I’d rather have a tired Wickman than anybody else in our bullpen if we ever take the lead in this game.

  14. Why is it inexplicable that our best hitter is LaRoche? He was never a bad prospect, and even this season isn’t far out of line with what we could expect.

    What is inexplicable is that Johnny Estrada was traded for 40% of our rotation.

  15. Also, why didn’t LaRoche stay in and play first? He has to be better defensively that Ward, and later on in the game, especially one on the road in extra innings, defense is pretty vital. Plus, that keeps his bat in there.

  16. See what happens when you make contact? What are the chances of us scoring here with a man on third and less than two outs?

  17. See, this is why the bunt can be a good play… I don’t know, Ward isn’t a great athlete but I don’t think he’s actually a bad first baseman. He’s not Hernandez, but neither is he a disaster.

  18. So, two runs and no RBIs. We’ll take them anyway we can.

    Wickman can redeem himself pretty quickly. Who would have ever thought we could be saying that about a game Cormier started? I must applaud him for the effort he gave us today. Great start.

  19. Winning 2 out of 4 in back to back double headers from Philly… I’ll take it. It could have been much worse.

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