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May 27 2007

Ditto for whoever was entrusted with trying to figure out how to get the Phils into the playoffs if they couldn't get over .500.

The Phillies smashed through the .500 mark this weekend with a three-game sweep of the Braves in Atlanta.  With today's 11-6 win they improved to 26-24 on the year, their best mark of the season.  They trail the Braves by two games.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs.  He struck out eight and improved to 7-2 on the year.  He threw just 96 pitches, which is very nice to see.

With a 4-0 lead in the second, Hamels gave up a solo home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  One of these days I'm going to spell "Jarrod" wrong on purpose just for giggles. 

With the Phils up 11-1 in the fifth, Martin Prado led off with a single and scored when Scott Thorman followed with a double.  Hamels set down the next three on two strikeouts and a ground ball to third to leave Thorman stranded. 

Andruw Jones hit a solo homer with two outs in the sixth to cut the Phillies' lead to 11-3.

Rosario pitched the seventh and the eight, keeping the Braves off the board.  He allowed three hits, two singles and a double, and struck out three.

Condrey started the ninth up 13-3 and allowed all five men he faced to reach on three singles, a walk and a double.  The Braves scored three runs on an RBI-single by Matt Diaz and a two-run single by Willie Harris.  Condrey left without getting an out.  Yoel Hernadez came in and got the first three men he faced to end the game.

After allowing three earned runs without getting an out, Condrey's ERA is 10.80.  He's allowed ten earned runs on the year, nice of which have come in two appearances, both of which were blowouts.  In those two blowouts he got two outs combined.  In the other seven games he's allowed one earned run in 7 2/3 innings (1.17 ERA).

The Phillies' lineup against righty Kyle Davies went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Dobbs (7) Ruiz (8) Bourn.  Bourn starts for the second straight day, this time in left as the struggling Burrell sits.  Dobbs starts at third again against the righty. 

The Phils jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning.  Rollins led off with a triple and scored on a two-run blast by Howard.  Rowand followed Howard with a double and Dobbs hit a two-run home run to extend the lead to 4-0.

Up 4-1 going into the fifth, the Phils scored seven times.  After Rollins fouled out to third for the first out, the Phillies next nine hitters went single, double, intentional walk, single, single, walk, single, sac fly, double before Victorino grounded to second to end the inning.  Rowand had an RBI-single.  Dobbs had an RBI-single.  Ruiz drove in a run with a walk.  Bourn had an RBI-single.  Hamels hit a sac fly.  Rollins hit a two-run double.

Up 11-3 in the eighth, Victorino led off with a single and after Utley flew to center, Ryan Howard hit his second home run of the day to put the Phils up 13-3.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple on the day.  5-for-13 in the series with three doubles, a home run and two walks.  275/326/500 on the year.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with two singles today.  8-for-15 with a triple and a home run in the series.  289/365/401 on the year.

Utley was 1-for-5 with a double today. 4-for-13 with two doubles and five RBI in the series.  293/381/545.

Howard was 3-for-4 with two home runs, a walk and four RBI.  4-for-11 in the series with six RBI.  220/392/486.

Rowand was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  3-for-10 with a double in the series.  326/394/508.

Dobbs was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.  4-for-12 with five RBI in the series.  351/393/596 in May and 298/341/500 on the year.  Helms was 0-for-2 in the series and is at 267/315/321 on the year.  Nunez 0-for-1 in the series and at 309/363/394 on the season.

Ruiz was 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI.  2-for-8 with two walks in the series.  264/315/405 on the year.  Barajas was 0-for-4 in the series and is at 217/356/367 on the season. 

Bourn was 1-for-5 with a single and an RBI.  2-for-10 with a stolen base in the series.  226/351/290 in 31 at-bats on the season.  He has one extra-base hit, a triple.  Burrell walked in his only plate appearance today.  0-for-7 in the series.  0-for-his-last-15.  Hitting .157 in May.

Yesterday the Phillies beat the Braves 6-4.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles, a triple and a home run.  He struck out one. 

The Braves jumped out 1-0 in the bottom of the first when Harris tripled and Edgar Renteria brought him in on a ground ball to short.

With the Phils up 4-1 in the fourth, Renteria hit a two-run double with nobody out to cut the lead to 4-3.  Eaton got the next three to end the inning.

Renteria hit a solo home run in the fourth that got the Braves within one again, this time at 5-4. 

Mike Zagurski replaced Eaton in the top of the seventh with the Phils up 6-4 and allowed a leadoff single to Kelly Johnson but kept the Braves off the board.

Zagurski got the lefty Brian McCann to start the seventh and Geary got the next two outs. 

Alfonseca earned his first save with the Phils in the ninth.  He allowed a leadoff single to the lefty Thorman to start the inning but got the next three.

The Phillies' lineup against right Buddy Carlyle went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Dobbs (7) Barajas (8) Bourn.  Bourn starts in center with Rowand on the bench.  Dobbs plays third.

Down 1-0 in the top of the third, the Phils scored four runs.  Bourn had a single and a stolen base and Eaton knocked him in with another single.  Rollins and Victorino singled to load the bases.  Utley hit a two-run double.  Victorino scored the fourth run on a passed with Burrell at the plate.

Victorino led off the fifth with a triple and scored on a single by Utley to put the Phils up 5-3.

With one out in the seventh, Victorino homered to right to put the Phils up 6-4.

Freddy Garcia (1-3, 4.81) faces lefty Doug Davis (2-6, 3.57) tomorrow night when the Diamondbacks come to Philly for the first of three.  Garcia still hasn't gotten an out in the seventh inning.  He has made eight starts and hasn't been charged with more than four runs in any of them, but has allowed four home runs his last two times out.  Opponents are hitting .300 against him.  He made a start against the Snakes on May 7, going six innings and allowing two runs on five hits.  He didn't walk a batter in that game and struck out two.  He faced Davis in that game as well, Davis also went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits but walked three.  The numbers on Davis beyond his ERA aren't especially good.  In 58 innings he's walked 32 and allowed 68 hits.  He has a 1.72 ratio to go with his shiny 3.57 ERA.

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