It may have been the end of the 4th of July but there was still plenty of fireworks in Philly. The Phillies came into this game 5 games back in the NL East. Roy Halladay planned to come out only 4 games back.
Things did not start out well for Halladay as he let up a solo home run to Chipper Jones, but after that Roy Halladay was outstanding. He pitched a CG allowing 1 ER with 7 Ks and only 1 walk, with only 93 pitches! The Phillies offense looked like they would not help Halladay until the sixth inning when a struggling Greg Dobbs blasted a 2 run HR over the right field wall. Castro then added an insurance run with an RBI single between short and third. Final score Phillies 3 Braves 1. Tomorrow Hamels takes the mound for the Phillies. Cole Hamels is 6-7 with a 4.07 ERA. In his last start Hamels allowed 3 ERs on 5 hits and 2 walks with 8 Ks. Braves will send Jair Jurrens to the mound. Jurrjens is 1-3 with a 5.59 ERA. Jurrjens his last start went 5 innings allowed 1 earned on 6 hits, 2 walks and 6 Ks. This was his first start since coming off the DL with a hamstring injury. Hamels needs to come out with a much needed win to get the Phillies only 3 games behind the Braves for the lead in the NL East.
The Phillies will be represented by Utley, Howard, and Halladay in the all star game next week. Utley will not be able to play because of his thumb injury. Charlie Manuel, who is the manager for the NL, left out Stephen Strasburg in his roster.
Side Notes: Happ says he is ready to return to the Phillies rotation but Manuel says he wants Happ to make a couple more starts in Lehigh Valley to make sure he is 100% when he returns.
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