Live Game Thread: Phillies Vs. Braves (Game 2)

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Live Game Thread!  Phillies at Braves – Game 2

It’s safe to say that in game 1 of the Phillies series, Jason Heyward laid to rest any doubt about his health of effectiveness.  Not only did he go yard on the first pitch from rookie Tyler Cloyd, he went 5 for 5 on the evening and broke his own personal best for number of hits in a game.

The Braves sorely needed the kind of offensive output we saw last night in the 7-1 victory in game 1 of the four game set.  Besides Jason Heyward’s awesome showing, Elliot Johnson, Chris Johnson, and Jordan Schafer got in on the act with hits, and Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis had two hits apiece.  Add to that rookie David Hale having another stellar outing, and the Braves were playing, finally, like they’re hungry!

Perhaps it was the events of the final game of the series against the Brewers that fired them up, but whatever it was – we’ll just hope the fire kindled won’t be easily doused.

Brian McCann had to leave the game early with what was reported as an adductor strain (groin), but all reports indicate that McCann should be good to go by the playoffs.  The bad news is that whether or not you like how McCann confronted Gomez in the Brewers’ fracas, the fiery catcher’s enthusiasm and veteran presence will be missed even if there’s just three games left in the regular season.  The loss takes a valuable bat out of the lineup, and forces the choice of Gattis or Laird at catcher.  Gattis is slated to catch tonight, with Reed Johnson in left field.  Reed was handed a suspension for throwing some punches in the Brewer’s fracas, but can play because he is appealing the decision.

Hale was awesome in his 2nd start on the bump.  He secured his first major league win, going six innings and giving up just 1 run while adding 5 Ks to his resume on the night.  When asked about his outing, Hale said…

It is amazing, especially to (get my first win) at home.  I was a little more relaxed, but still nervous. I just kept the ball down and it turned out all right.

The young rookie has a great deal of poise for someone supposedly nervous, and I commented to friends and colleagues that this kid is just good, and has the makings of a future starter that Atlanta will have a ton of confidence in.

We could see a great pitcher’s duel tonight with Kris Medlen and Cliff Lee taking the mound for their respective teams.  Medlen struggled some early in the season, but has been white hot lately, showing the kind of command that will probably make him the #1 pitcher in the playoff rotation.  Lee has been amazing as well for the Phillies, so the Braves bats will need to stay alive for a pitcher much tougher than Cloyd was.

 

Probables

Friday at 7:30 p.m.

LHP Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.93) vs. Atlanta RHP Kris Medlen (14-12, 3.24)

 

Game 2 Lineups

Atlanta

1. Jason Heyward (L) CF
2. Reed Johnson (R) LF
3. Justin Upton (R) RF
4. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
5. Evan Gattis (R) C
6. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
8. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
9. Kris Medlen (S) P

 

Philadelphia

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) CF
2. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
3. Chase Utley (L) 2B
4. Carlos Ruiz (R) C
5. Domonic Brown (L) LF
6. Darin Ruf (R) 1B
7. Cody Asche (L) 3B
8. Roger Bernadina (L) RF
9. Cliff Lee (L) P

 

Live Game Thread!!

Join us in our Live Thread tonight to talk baseball!  You’ll have a great deal more fun than you will on Twitter, and you’ll find that we don’t throw around near as much sass! LOL.  Well, most of us don’t anyway.  Just scroll down and comment to join in on the conversation.  Go Braves!

 

 

 

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  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I have a keg tonight instead of the usual sixer! I just can’t find the darned tap! I think I got a cordless drill and a siphoning hose in my pickup’s tool box. Brb….

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Cesar Hernandez flies out to right fielder Justin Upton. One out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Phillies fail to score in the top of the 1st. Braves will now try to figure out Mr. Lee, the aged. wily veteran.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Justin Upton grounds out, third baseman Cody Asche to first baseman Darin Ruf. Three out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Carlos Ruiz walks. None out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Granted, it’s been awhile since Gattis caught, but I’m not liking his clumsy defense on low balls so far.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Freddie Freeman singles on a line drive to left fielder Domonic Brown. None out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Evan Gattis strikes out on a foul tip. One out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Chris Johnson grounds out, pitcher Cliff Lee to second baseman Chase Utley to first baseman Darin Ruf. Freddie Freeman to 2nd. Two out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Andrelton Simmons singles on a soft ground ball to third baseman Cody Asche. Freddie Freeman to 3rd. Two out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Uggla Ks without a fan, looking at a pitch right down Capitol Avenue! smh

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Kris Medlen flies out to center fielder Cesar Hernandez. One out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Jason Heyward strikes out swinging. Two out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Reed Johnson grounds out, second baseman Chase Utley to first baseman Darin Ruf. Three out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Jimmy Rollins called out on strikes. Two out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Chase Utley walks. Two out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Through 3.5, this Live Thread is a total bust. Knew I shoulda went out with friends to watch this game. I was just too tired, and might be too tired to keep commenting here! :)

    • Jeff Schafer

      haha that’s dedication right there

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Been start to finish for almost every thread, so yeah, I’m nothing if not dedicated ;-)

  • Glen Morrow

    You still here Chris?

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      No, I had to leave the thread early, and hated to abandon it without anyone here, but had no choice.

  • Jeff Schafer

    wow Chris Johnson

  • Jeff Schafer

    haha… dan uggla complains after striking out…is that still allowed?

    • Jeff Schafer

      If i was fredi or frank i would tell him to go take a seat

  • Jeff Schafer

    Kimbrel Time should be added to a clock

  • Jeff Schafer

    Medlen was on it tonight

  • Matthew Jones

    Hated missing the thread tonight, but it’s my boys’ birthday party tomorrow. Plus I was GLUED to the TV sound as I was working. I don’t know if I could have commented. It was a helluva game.

  • Berdj Rassam

    Braves have to win tonight just to keep up with the Cards.

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