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Fun facts from the Braves’ 15-13 win over the Phillies

May 3, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

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To put it mildly, the Braves and Phillies played a wild one on Wednesday, with Atlanta winning 15-13 on Chipper Jones‘ walkoff homer in the 11th. It was the highest-scoring extra-inning game since 2006.

Here are a few things one doesn’t see everyday:

Roy Halladay gave up eight runs, the most he had allowed since surrendering nine on May 5, 2007 against the Rangers.

– Halladay was working with a 6-0 lead when he gave up six runs in the fifth inning and then two more in the sixth. He was 107-0 in his career in starts in which he was given a four-run lead. The Phillies, though, let him off the hook by rallying in the seventh.

Brian McCann hit just the fourth grand slam ever given up by Halladay (Evan Longoria hit the last in 2008). He was then poked in the eye by Michael Bourn on an errant high-five after crossing the plate.

– That was the first homer allowed by Halladay in six starts this season.

Carlos Ruiz knocked in seven runs, besting his previous career high by two. He was the first Phillie to drive in so many runs since Jayson Werth had eight RBI against the Blue Jays on May 16, 2008. The Phillies had previously been 15-0 with Ruiz driving in at least three runs.

– Jones’s walkoff was his first since May 17, 2006 against the Marlins. It was the eighth of his career.

– 2011 NL Rookie of the Year Craig Kimbrel blew his first save in nine chances this season.

– The Phillies lost a game in which they scored 12 runs for the first time since Aug. 3, 1969.

– According to Fangraphs data, the Braves had a 2.3 percent of winning the game at one point in the fifth, saw that jump to 86.9 percent after taking an 8-6 lead in the sixth, dropped all the way back down to 2.7 percent after falling behind 12-8 in the eighth and jumped back up to 87.1 percent after taking a 13-12 lead in the ninth.

  1. halladayslabia - May 3, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Sorry that I let the team down.

  2. sir1389 - May 3, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    They were exercising some demons after game 162 last year.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 3, 2012 at 4:12 AM

      Like the rest of us, even demons can benefit from getting exercise. Or did you perhaps mean “exorcise”? As in to banish by way of an exorcism?

      • Old Gator - May 3, 2012 at 7:34 AM

        No, I think he got it right. The Braves’ demons haven’t done much lately and were getting fat and lazy. A little exercise obviously did them a world of good.

    • - May 3, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Exercise is what the Red Sox needed after game 162 last year. Not the demons, or the Braves.

  3. flyerscup2010 - May 3, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    i disagree with your characterization of that game. there is nothing fun about these facts.

  4. ditto65 - May 3, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    *Phun Phacts

  5. bdawk20 - May 3, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Cholly sure blew this one.

  6. deepstblu - May 3, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    The 8/3/69 game was Reds 19, Phillies 17 at Connie Mack Stadium. I know that because it was the first big league game I ever went to.

  7. bleedgreen - May 3, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    The ump boned the Phil’s too. He was squeezing Contreras big time and then called Rollins out on a ball 9″ outside of the plate.

    • bleedgreen - May 3, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      FWIW: 2 strikes called balls for Contreras:

      The Rollins at bat:

      I was exagerating but it looks like it really WAS 9″ off the plate.

    • cltjump - May 3, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Not to be hateful, but I laughed my tail off at that. Even Chip and Joe, the most biased sports announcers in the world, chuckled. Joe: “I think I’ll plead the fifth on that one.”

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        Chip and Joe are definitely homers, but if you really believe they’re “the most biased sports announcers in the world” … you probably haven’t watched many other broadcasts.

      • cltjump - May 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Okay, the *was* a bit of hyperbole. I love the guys though.

  8. spudchukar - May 3, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    It wasn’t Cholly, and it wasn’t Hoye,
    The blame for this one goes to
    a guy named Roy.

    • Old Gator - May 3, 2012 at 7:36 AM

      The blame goes to a steady diet of horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwiches. Your arteries lock up at a crucial moment – like, when throwing a peetch to Cheepper Jones.

      • Utley's Hair - May 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        You really need to try a good horsemeat and Velveeta sammich, Gator. Those horrible ones you’ve had up to now have ruined your view of them.

  9. leerosenthall - May 3, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    So the Phils CAN hit, the Braves’ bullpen blows, and Doc Halladay is a mere mortal after all?

    • Utley's Hair - May 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      I swear I saw some sparks around his shoulder in the fourth, and again in the sixth. It may have been from all the sweat.

  10. cltjump - May 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Oh, and the game was “won” by a struggling reliever who entered the top of the 11th with a 9.00 ERA. Miracles never cease, Mr. Durbin.

  11. hasbeen5 - May 3, 2012 at 8:56 AM


    I think I said something yesterday about the Braves getting a few bounces at some point. Well, last night was that point and they should probably refill Jobu’s cup because the combination of Halladay giving up 8 and Durbin getting a win just doesn’t happen on its own.

  12. bravojawja - May 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Once again, the Bravos win an extra-inning game I can’t bring myself to watch the end of. I managed to get home from work just in time to see Kimbrel blow the save despite Freddie’s 7-10 split. And then watched as they couldn’t score with the bases loaded. Once Durbin showed up, that was all I could stand. Palpitations and all, etc.

  13. mmrhow - May 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Actually you’re forgetting game 4 of the 1993 World Series. Phils lost 15-14. I know I haven’t forgotten.

  14. foreverchipper10 - May 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    I stayed out at the bar last night to watch this. With a Phillies fan. It was a ridiculous game that had far too many swings of emotion for the beginning of May. That said, what a great way to end it Chipper. :)

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