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Phillies demolish Braves, carry game’s best record into the break

Jul 10, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia offense came up with 14 largely unnecessary runs in support of All-Star Cole Hamels to rout the Braves on Sunday and finish the first half 57-34.

Hamels gave up just one run and three hits in improving to 11-4 this season.  He has a 2.32 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP, but he was officially scratched from the All-Star Game roster because he pitched today.

Derek Lowe surrendered four runs over six innings for Atlanta.  The Phillies did most of their damage against the underbelly of the Braves bullpen, roughing up Cory Gearrin and Scott Proctor for 10 runs in two innings.

Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer and drove in six runs for Philadelphia.  John Mayberry Jr. doubled three times and knocked in four runs.  Even Rule 5 pick Michael Martinez had four hits, raising his average from .192 to .229.

The Phillies won two out of three in the series to open up a 3 1/2-game lead on the Braves in the NL East.  The Braves, though, are five games ahead in the wild card as play shuts down for the next three days.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 10, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    As noted in the Phillies post game, that .229 average of Martinez is better than Jayson Werth. I said it in another post, is Cole Hamels the best pitcher in baseball?

  2. crankyfrankie - Jul 10, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    To be fair Werth is a whole lot better than he is doing for the nats thus far. Don’t see the nats enough to know what the problem is.

    • nocryinginbaseball07 - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      He doesn’t have much around him to help. But he was streaky when he was with the Phillies, too. Long droughts followed by amazing spurts.

    • 12strikes - Jul 10, 2011 at 7:03 PM

      It’s not that werth is “a whole lot better than he is doing”, it’s that werth was lucky enough to play on a team (Phillies) where he was an OK supporting player. He was not the reason the Phillies to the series in 08,09. He was just an ok player.

      Werth is what he is, and this is what he is!

  3. jeffhink - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    My favorite Martinez tidbit has to be that he alone had as many hits as the entire Braves lineup

    • nocryinginbaseball07 - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

      His excitement was sweet to see, and that Jeter-like dive into the stands to get the ball was awesome!

  4. philly56 - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    They just straight up destroyed the Braves today, and when the phillies fans in the stands started doing the tomohawk chopping in the 8th inning that just sealed the deal for me. What a way to end the 1st half.

  5. Old Gator - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    A note to Feelies fans who come on here and bare there anxieties about the bats going cold or the karma going stale: I refuse to take you seriously.

    • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      Ugh. Their anxieties. Can we please have a goddamned edit feature?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 10, 2011 at 7:15 PM

        I know Gator. I’ve been banging the edit feature drum for a month now. None of the bloggers have answered my requests thus far.

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 10, 2011 at 8:23 PM

        I’ve thought it, but never mentioned it. Craig, 2 things. I expect a “Go Phillies” from you tomorrow, and LET US EDIT!

    • schmedley69 - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      We are an insecure bunch, aren’t we? Comes from generations of losing. We pass it down to our kids.

      • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2011 at 12:28 AM

        Get over it. You sound like a bunch of inverted Cubs fans. As I observed somewhat earlier in the season, it would take the team bus going off a cliff to keep the Feelies from bagging the division. Deal with it.

  6. FC - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    I’m sure Craig did a Harry Doyle and opened a bottle of brandy during the 7th…

  7. deathmonkey41 - Jul 10, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Holy crap- Scott Proctor is still pitching?

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 11, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      He served up the walkoff job to Ibanez in the opener as well.

  8. nps6724 - Jul 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Coming into this series (playing in Philly, Doc, Lee, and Hamels going vs. a rookie, Hanson, and an aging Lowe, a banged-up Chipper, no Prado), all I wanted was 1 win to keep the deficit at 3.5. And that’s what I got. Could’ve just as easily won 2 of 3 (Friday night’s game), just as Philly could’ve just as easily swept (yesterday’s game). Before today, it was a great back-and-forth series. Tremendous pitching, several terrific defensive plays, and clutch HRs ruled the day and neither team could keep a lead to save their lives. It was a lot of fun to watch.

    Hopefully next time they face off, both teams are perfectly healthy so we can see even better baseball.

  9. drunkenhooliganism - Jul 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    I haven’t seen any highlights yet, but my fellow patrons and I in 135 were wondering if Derek Lowe shattered the record for sweating.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 10, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      Only until the next time Joe Blanton pitches.

      • bleedgreen - Jul 10, 2011 at 11:41 PM

        Blanton’s sweats don’t count because they’re meat sweats. Only natural sweat from doing work in the sun and heat counts according to Guinness.

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