Phillies-Braves Game Thread 5/1/12

The Phillies have arrived in Atlanta after a brief four-game homestand against the Chicago Cubs. The 14-9 Braves lay claim to one of the league’s best offenses, averaging over five runs per game. Compared to the Phillies, they’re basically the 2000 Colorado Rockies. That’s not to say the Braves haven’t had their problems, however. Brandon Beachy, tonight’s starter, has easily been their most effective starter. Young talents Mike Minor and Randall Delgado haven’t yet put it together and veteran Jair Jurrjens was recently demoted to Triple-A after his fourth start, which left him with a 9.37 ERA.

Last night, the Phillies were able to earn a series split with the Cubs thanks to some timely hitting. Placido Polanco‘s two-run single in the eighth inning broke a 4-4 tie and allowed Jonathan Papelbon to enter in the ninth to nail down the save. For as bad as the Phillies have been offensively, they have been timing their runs as best as they can: 35 of their 76 total runs scored this season (46 percent) have come in innings 7-9, compared to 20 in innings 1-3 (26 percent) and 21 in innings 4-6 (28 percent). That will be just a bit tougher to do against Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel, but the Phillies will try nonetheless.

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71 comments

  1. Michael

    May 01, 2012 08:23 PM

    I thought since Rollins was running it was all kosher, but I guess not.

  2. Noah

    May 01, 2012 08:23 PM

    @Michael

    Man on first with less than two outs and he’s out right? Or do I have that rule wrong?

  3. Michael

    May 01, 2012 08:25 PM

    Is this your ball? It struck my foot.

  4. Michael

    May 01, 2012 08:27 PM

    TMac just changed up his inflection from “How ABOUT that?” to “How about THAT?”

  5. Noah

    May 01, 2012 08:27 PM

    It’s like a different team the last two nights.

  6. Noah

    May 01, 2012 08:28 PM

    Of course only in a couple innings.

  7. Colin

    May 01, 2012 08:30 PM

    I love scoring off the Barves bullpen.

  8. Noah

    May 01, 2012 08:30 PM

    Braves, Nationals and Mets all losing is pretty nice.

  9. Noah

    May 01, 2012 08:36 PM

    That double play makes me feel better.

  10. BDF

    May 01, 2012 08:41 PM

    I guess if Papelbon goes more than one inning, what, there’s a great disturbance in the Force? Does anyone remember?

  11. Noah

    May 01, 2012 08:44 PM

    I know Qualls hasn’t exactly pitched cleanly the last two nights but I really like him as an addition to this pen. I’d like last years Bastardo back too.

  12. BDF

    May 01, 2012 08:47 PM

    Braves announcers:

    “If any of the teams ahead of the Phillies cool off …”

    The Phils are 3.5 games back. It’s almost enough to make me turn the Philadelphia broadcast team on. Almost.

  13. Noah

    May 01, 2012 08:48 PM

    I swear they are hitting the ball more solidly. Even when they aren’t finding holes.

  14. Noah

    May 01, 2012 08:51 PM

    Nats lost again tonight so make that 3 games.

  15. Noah

    May 01, 2012 08:57 PM

    Papelbon might not be worth what he costs. But at least he’s pretty darn good.

  16. Noah

    May 01, 2012 08:59 PM

    Feels good to beat the Braves.

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