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Message sent: the Braves Sweep the Phillies, take a 2.5 game lead

Jun 2, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

Yunel Escobar double play.jpgThe Braves beat the Phillies 2-1 this afternoon behind a stellar outing from Derek Lowe and some timely hitting from Omar Infante, who was subbing for a banged up Chipper Jones.  Lowe gave up one run on six hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts. He was helped by a couple of timely double plays and, as I mentioned earlier today, a little bit of luck too.

Kyle Kendrick was nearly as good, giving up one run in seven innings. Jose Contreras showed that he is mortal, however, walking two (one intentionally) and giving up a two-out RBI single to Omar Infante to drive home the winning run. Or maybe he’s just mortal against the Braves.

The Braves have won eight straight and now have a 2.5 game lead in the NL East as they hop a plane for the west coast.  The Phillies have lost nine of their last 11 and have scored a mere 14 runs in those games.  I suppose there are worse plans than asking Roy Halladay to throw perfect games every time out, but the Phillies need a better one, and fast.

  1. royalblue - Jun 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Plan 1A: Get Polly back.
    Plan 1B: Get J-roll back.
    Plan 2: Send Wilson “Bunt-happy” Valdez back to Double A ball, and put Juan Castro under glass with a sign stating “Emergency Use only”

  2. J. McCann - Jun 2, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    I guess this proves if the Phillies don’t know a fastball is coming, then they are screwed.
    Concealed binoculars STAT!

  3. Jonny5 - Jun 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    They look like a team that just doesn’t give a crap. That’s all I’m sayin’. Craig, congrats.

  4. Nick C - Jun 2, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Probably just a coincidence that they have stopped hitting since the binocular thing but it sure does make you wonder….

  5. Nick C - Jun 2, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Just ran the numbers…starting with the Wednesday (5/12) game which was the first game after the binocular game, the Phillies have scored 61 runs in 19 games for an average of 3.21 runs/game. They put up 9, 10 and 12 runs in 3 of the 4 games right after the incident but those totals were against MIL, MIL and PIT. Since the 12 run game against PIT, PHI has not scored more than 5 runs in any game and they have scored 1 or 0 runs in 9 of those 14 games.

  6. Nick C - Jun 2, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Correction: Looks like I missed yesterday’s game in my totals. Including the 3 runs yesterday (I already included today’s 1 run), the totals are 64 runs in 20 games or 3.20/game. And to update the other stat, the Phils have scored 1 or 0 runs in 9 of 15 since the 12 run game on 5/17.

  7. Joey B - Jun 2, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Nah, it’s the Wakefield/Dice factor. Kills your timing. 14 runs in 11 games. If this were PT, people would be screaming for contraction. I don’t remember any team slumping this bad on offense, especially for a team that the NL in scoring last year.

  8. schmedley - Jun 2, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    I guess the Mets sent the Phillies a message last week also? Talk to me at the end of the season. Go ahead and get cocky, Braves fans (all 5 of you). It will make it that much sweeter when the Phils pull away in the second half like they always do. Usually it’s the Mutts and their fans who are left to eat crow. Maybe this year it will be the Braves and their fans.

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