Phillies Sweep Braves Thanks To Ross Gload Walk Off Pinch Hit

The Phillies sweep the Braves to go 43 games over .500 for the first time in team history.

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Chase Utley Injury: Utley To Undergo Concussion Tests After Hit To The Head

Chase Utley will reportedly miss the next couple days after being hit with a pitch in the back of the head in the sixth inning of tonight’s victory over the Braves. He would stay in the game for another inning after the hit, but was lifted after complaining of headaches. Multiple reporters have said that Utley did not board the team flight to Milwaukee and will miss the next couple days as he undergoes tests for a concussion.

“The way to describe it is that he didn’t really feel 100 percent after getting hit,” Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said after the game. “He felt OK right afterward. Then he started feeling a little fuzzy. And so we took the precaution to get him out of the game.”

“He’s going to be out a couple of days at least,” Amaro added, “we think this is very, very mild, but we are going to be very cautious with him, obviously.”

In the meantime, the Phillies will recall Jimmy Rollins from the DL, but he will reportedly only be used as an emergency infielder for as long as Utley is out.


Phillies Sweep Braves Thanks To Ross Gload Walk Off Pinch Hit

The Atlanta Braves needed a sweep in the series if they wanted any shot at catching the Phillies in the NL East. They got their sweep, but not the kind they wanted. The Phils came back to beat the Braves 3-2, handing them their first three game sweep of the season, knocking the Braves 10.5 games back in the NL East and 12 games back in the loss column.

It was a humbling night for the Braves, who not only got swept but watched their much vaunted bullpen blow a lead in the 8th inning and lose the game in the 9th. All Star set up man Jonny Venters, who has been fantastic this season, served up an RBI single to Placido Polanco in the 8th and Peter Moylan gave up the walk off hit to Ross Gload in the 9th. The hit broke a 4-33 slump for Gload and gave him his league leading 17th pinch hit of the season. 

Raul Ibanez also had a good night hitting his 18th HR of the season and scoring the winning run after working a walk with one out in the 9th. Roy Oswalt looked strong finishing the night allowing 2 runs and 4 hits over 7 innings, striking out 7.

The Phillies are now 43 games over .500 for the first time in team history and their magic number to clinch the division is now at 12. They need just 11 wins from their final 23 games to set a single season franchise record. Coming into this series, the Braves had the second best record in the NL... after it, that distinction belongs to the Milwaukee Brewers, who the Phillies face next in a 4 game series.


Phillies Win Yet Another Vance Worley Start, Beat Braves 6-3

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Even a long rain delay couldn’t slow down the Phillies from winning another Vance Worley start.

The rookie right-hander fanned six over six strong innings and Raul Ibanez went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Philadelphia’s 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves at a soggy Citizens Bank Park.

Worley (11-1), who gave up seven hits and a pair of runs, won his ninth straight decision since his lone loss of the season May 29 on the road against the Mets.

What’s more impressive, though, is the team’s 14-game winning streak in Worley starts. It’s the longest such run for the Phillies since they won in 15 straight starts by Steve Carlton in 1972. Carlton’s streak is the longest of its kind for the Phillies in a single season.

"He did a good job," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Worley. "That’s basically how he’s pitched all year long. He kept us in the game. We always have a chance to win."

Chase Utley homered for the Phillies, who have opened this key three-game series with back-to-back wins to move 9 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves in the NL East.

Tim Hudson (14-9) was charged with six hits and four runs over six frames, as the wild card-leading Braves lost for the fourth time in five games.

Coming off Cliff Lee’s shutout in a 9-0 final Monday, the Phillies had to wait out a rain delay of 1 hour and 52 minutes at the start of Tuesday’s game. They became the first team to 90 wins this season, doing it for a franchise-best fourth straight year.

The Phillies reached the plateau in a team-record 138 games, surpassing the previous mark of 143 set in 1977.

The Braves and Phillies are the only two clubs in the majors who have yet to suffer a series sweep of three or more games in 2011. Atlanta will try to avoid the whitewash on Wednesday night when it sends Brandon Beachy to the mound against Roy Oswalt.

Ryan Madson got a double-play grounder off the bat of Brian McCann in the ninth and secured his 28th save.

Utley homered into the Phillies bullpen behind center field in the first inning and Ryan Howard, Hunter Pence and Ibanez followed with consecutive base hits for a 2-0 lead. The hit from Ibanez dropped in right-center field in front of a diving Michael Bourn.

Dan Uggla blasted his 33rd homer of the year leading off the fourth, a shot to right-center field. Chipper Jones and Freddie Freeman singled after that, but Worley fanned the next two batters and retired Hudson on a groundout to keep it a 2-1 game.

Worley walked two batters around a double from Jones to load the bases with nobody out in the sixth, but allowed just one run — a sacrifice fly to Alex Gonzalez.

That proved big for the Phillies, who scored twice in the bottom half. After Howard walked and Pence doubled to center field, Hudson’s wild pitch plated Howard when McCann couldn’t pick up the ball in time after it sailed over his glove. Ibanez then doubled high off the wall in right-center for a 4-2 margin.

Bourn recorded his 50th steal during the seventh inning, later scoring on a fielder’s choice from Uggla, but the Phillies tacked on two in the bottom half thanks to a groundout from Howard and a single from Ibanez.

Brad Lidge put two men on in the eighth, but escaped trouble for the Phillies.

"Towards the top of our lineup we were scuffling a little bit," Jones said. "When the top scuffles a little bit you struggle to score runs, get behind early and you put some pressure on yourself."

The Phillies recalled infielder/outfielder Pete Orr from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, while Chuck LaMar, the their assistant general manager of player development and scouting, announced his resignation…Uggla has a 10- game hitting streak…The Braves, who left 10 men on base, went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position…Manuel (634-476) is two wins shy of Harry Wright (636 wins from 1884-90 & 1890-93) for second place and 12 shy of Gene Mauch (645 wins from 1960-68) for first in Phillies history…Worley is the first pitcher in the majors whose team has won at least 14 consecutive games he started since the Cardinals won 17 straight starts made by Chris Carpenter from June 14-September 13, 2005. He is also the first rookie pitcher in baseball whose team has won at least 14 consecutive games he started since the Reds won 14 straight starts made by rookie hurler Wayne Simpson in 1970…The Phillies improved to 27-3 in games started by catcher Brian Schneider this year.


Cliff Lee, Phillies Shut Down Braves 9-0

Any hopes the Atlanta Braves had on making the NL East a race were probably extinguished tonight by the left arm of Cliff Lee. The Phillies ace continued his red hot run with his sixth complete game shutout of the season, allowing five hits and striking out six. It's Lee's 16th win of the season and swells the Phils lead in the NL East to 8.5 and 10 in the loss column.

While this is Lee's sixth CG shutout of the year, it's the ninth game that he started in which the Phils shut out their opponent. Prior to this season, Lee had thrown just five career shut outs. His six are the most by a Phillies pitcher since 1982 (Steve Carlton).

As good as Lee was, the Phillies bats were just as impressive. They touched up Derek Lowe early as Hunter Pence singled with the bases loaded for the first two of his three RBIs on the night. In all Lowe was charged with five earned runs over five innings. Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz both had a pair of RBIs and Ryan Howard hit his team leading 31st home run of the season.

Vance Worley takes on Tim Hudson in game two tomorrow night.


Phillies Host Braves For Kind Of Big Series At Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies start their series with the Braves 7.5 games up in the NL East.

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