By:David Malandra(Twitter @djmjr788)
Fox1470.com Phillies Contributor
After taking the first 2 games of series, the Phillies were looking for the series sweep in the series finale on Sunday. The Pitching matchup was Cole Hamels vs. Paul Maholm. Ryne Sandberg made some changes to lineup by having Cesar Hernandez lead off & playing in Center, Ruf in Right Frandsen at 1st, Asche at 3rd Galvis in left, Kratz Catching.
In the 1st inning , Cesar Hernandez got picked off at 1st base, the games 1st runs came from the Phillies in the 1st inning when Chase Utley hits a double to center scoring Jimmy Rollins for an early 1-0 lead, then Darin Ruf singles to center scoring Chase Utley for a 2-0 lead. The Braves get on the board when Evan Gattis hits a BOMB to deep center field that landed in Ashburn Alley to cut Phillies lead to 2-1 in the 2nd inning. The Braves would tie the game at 2 when Gattis hit another deep solo home run in the 7th inning, the Phillies responded in the 8th inning when Darin Ruf lead off the inning by hitting a solo home run for a 3-2 lead. B. J. Rosenberg comes in and throws a 1-2-3 inning as the Phillies hold on for a 3-2 lead & Sweep the braves for 1st time since September 2011; this was the Phillies 1st sweep since sweep of the Marlins in June. B. J. Rosenberg would pick up his 1st MLB Save.
Cole Hamels went 8 innings, 2 hits 2 runs 2 Walks, 9 Strikeouts on 99 Pitches. Braves Paul Maholm went 6 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts on 108 pitches. The Phillies will open a 3 game series with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday Sep 10
Fans Feedback during game:
1. Kieran McGurk & Erica Gobrecht on Facebook “Great game, kept close by Gattis with 2 home runs and decided in 8th by Darin Ruf home run”
2. Ryan Matthews on Facebook “Great Atmosphere for a 4th place team, Hamels more than Delivered, Great to see Ruf come through in the clutch”
WP: Cole Hamels (7-13)
LP: David Carpenter (3-1)
S: B. J. Rosenberg (1)
Time of game: 2:28
Attendance at Citizens Bank Park: 38,706
Cody Asche Lifts Phils Over Braves
After losing 2 of 3 to the Washington Nationals, the Phillies opened a 3 game weekend series against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Pitching matchup was Cliff Lee vs. Braves Mike Minor. Ryne Sandberg made some changes to lineup by having Cesar Hernandez lead off & playing in Center, Carlos Ruiz batting 4th, Darin Ruf batting 5th & playing 1st base, Freddy Galvis in left field.
Cliff Lee & Mike Minor were going head to head & matching each other pitch by pitch. The Games 1st hit came from the Braves Chris Johnson with a base hit to left in the 2nd inning. Jimmy Rollins got the Phillies first hit of game in the 4th inning with a single to right, then gets thrown out at 2nd base trying to extend it to a double. The game first runs came in the 3rd inning when Braves Andrelton Simmons hits a solo home run to left for a 1-0 lead. Cliff Lee & Mike Minor would continue their pitcher duel. The Phillies would take the lead in the bottom of 7th inning when Cody Asche hits a 2 run home run, scoring Darin Ruf for a 2-1 lead. Cliff Lee would throw a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th; Jonathan Papelbon would come in and throw a scoreless 9th inning as the Phillies hold on for a 2-1 win.
Cliff Lee would go 8 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts on 103 pitches. Braves Mike Minor went 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts on 102 pitches.
Here is TV/Radio call of Cody Asche 7th inning Home Run which turned out to be game winner.
Tom McCarthy on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia “That one is hit well to right center field, Upton on the run it is GONEEEEE, and the Phillies take the lead here in the bottom of 7th inning 2 run home run for Cody Asche, he did ambush a pitch & it is a 2-1 ball game”
Scott Franzke on SportsRadio 94 WIP & Talk Radio 1210 WPHT: " The Pitch Swung on driven high & deep right field Upton back and it is Gone, Cody Asche with a 2 run home, his 4th of year and he turns the game around, it’s a 2-1 Phillies lead here in the bottom of 7th”
Fans Feedback during game:
1. Casey Landman on Twitter (@ChickPhilA) “Liking what I’m seeing in Cody Asche”
2. Brooke Miller on Twitter (@Brookie425) “A gem by Clifton, Cody Asche continuing to do great things & Papelbon closing it out, with a clean inning!”
3. Kadel on Twitter (@Ephkadel)” Welllll, here goes, attaway Pap! Phils win! Phils win! #ringit Bong, bong, bong, bong!”
4. Rachel on Twitter (@RachiePickle) “Cliff Lee, YO”
5. Kimberly on Twitter (@kimberlily) “F**k the Braves”
6. Steve Scoleri on Facebook “Cody smache comes through for the phils to give the phils the lead 2-1 to give cliff lee the win!!!!”
WP: Cliff Lee (12-6)
LP: Mike Minor (13-6)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (25)
Time of game: 2:14
Attendance at Citizens Bank Park: 37,088