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April 8, 2013
Toronto's R.A. Dickey, the reigning NL Cy Young winner, got his head handed to him on Sunday by Boston. The Red Sox scored five runs before the knuckleballer got an out, and by the time he was chased in the fourth inning he had given up eight runs (seven earned). Then there was Tampa Bay's David Price, the reigning AL Cy Young winner. He gave up a three-run bomb to Cleveland's Mark Reynolds in the third inning and another three-run blast to Lonnie Chisenhall in the fifth before he was done.
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July 13, 2013 | Associated Press
So much for Puig-mania sweeping the country. Give this contest to Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman. Freeman and Toronto reliever Steve Delabar won the fan voting for the final spots in Tuesday's All-Star Game, meaning Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig is likely headed for a few days off after a terrific start in his major-league career. Freeman set a record with 19.7 million votes, and Puig was second. Major League Baseball did not release the vote total for Puig, but did say he surpassed the previous record for the final vote of 15.6 million for former Phillie Shane Victorino in 2009.
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July 1, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Atlanta Braves are a team that rarely rebuilds, with the ability to incorporate young players and veterans and keep moving on the competitive path. The Phillies, meanwhile, appear to be stuck between a fading past and a not-so-bright future. After the Braves swept four games from them with Sunday's 3-2 win at Citizens Bank Park, the distance between the teams is growing. And it's not just in the standings, where the Braves lead Washington by a half-game and the Phillies by eight in the National League East.
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August 22, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
TWO ROOKIES came through in key situations to help Atlanta's Tim Hudson beat Arizona's Josh Collmenter yesterday. Backed by a key defensive play by first baseman Freddie Freeman and two ninth-inning strikeouts by closer Craig Kimbrel with a runner on third, Hudson and the Braves beat Collmenter and the visiting Diamondbacks, 1-0, to complete a three-game sweep. Hudson combined with Jonny Venters and Kimbrel on a five-hit shutout. Alex Gonzalez homered for the game's only run. Hudson (13-7)
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September 6, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
MIKE MINOR was not too impressed with his performance even after pitching the best game of his career. "I kind of just dodged them, I guess," he said. "To me, it wasn't one of my best starts, but on paper it looks good. " Minor held visiting Colorado hitless for six innings, Craig Kimbrel earned the first four-out save of his career and the Atlanta Braves beat the Rockies, 1-0, on Wednesday night. Minor (8-10) lost a no-hit bid in the seventh when Jordan Pacheco led off with a single.
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August 6, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the bright spots during this sliding Phillies season has been the performance of all-star pitcher Cliff Lee. Yet as the team has struggled recently, Lee has followed a similar pattern. Making his first start in two weeks because of a stiff neck, Lee showed plenty of rust Sunday night in a 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The lefthander labored through five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. Lee struck out eight and walked two while throwing 95 pitches, 65 for strikes.
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April 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
After being forced to leave his previous start because of a hernia-related injury, A.J. Burnett knew he had to be careful during his next bullpen session, making sure he didn't overstride and do any more damage. The veteran righthander tried a shorter stride and it worked. He employed the revamped move Thursday against the Atlanta Braves and it led to his best outing as a Phillie. Burnett kept the Braves off the scoreboard, allowing three hits over seven innings. Although he didn't figure in the decision at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies picked up a 1-0 victory on Ben Revere's RBI single in the eighth, he played a key role as his team took its lone win over the NL East leaders in this series.
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July 18, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Freddie Freeman said it was smart for Washington's Ryan Mattheus to walk Brian McCann with first base open in the ninth inning. Why face McCann, a six-time All-Star who hit a three-run homer earlier in the game, when the visiting Nationals could face Freeman, a rookie who didn't have a hit in the game? Freeman seized the opportunity, delivering a single to right field to drive in Martin Prado from second base, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 9-8 win over Washington yesterday.
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May 7, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - A brisk top of the first inning Tuesday night ensured only three extra minutes for any nerves to stew as Chad Billingsley readied in the visitors dugout. The 30-year-old righthander walked to the Turner Field mound, threw his seven warm-up pitches, and toed the rubber to face Nick Markakis. After two years, two elbow surgeries, and countless steps of rehabilitation on his right elbow, Billingsley was a major-league pitcher again. The results in the Phillies' 9-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves proved far from what the pitcher had envisioned, but he left with some encouragement.
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June 11, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Ryan Braun and Corey Hart homered, Chris Narveson threw eight innings and the Milwaukee Brewers kept rolling at home despite a small fire in the ballpark in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals last night. Narveson (3-4) began his career as a Cardinals draft pick, but he's played an important role in Milwaukee's rotation and stymied his former team after losing to St. Louis on May 8. Braun's two-run homer made it 4-0 in the fifth and Hart hit a solo shot to start the sixth just as smoke started to billow in right field from a concession stand's malfunctioning popcorn machine.
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July 6, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
THE UMPIRE hesitated. Then he twisted his hips and unleashed an animated one-two punch indicating Strike 3, the sixth inning over. Jerad Eickhoff walked off the mound, his head tilted downward, his gaze straight ahead. Monday afternoon, the righthander was all business. Eickhoff, who has at numerous times this season has struggled to keep his hit count down, dominated the visiting Braves' hapless offense for the better part of the Phillies' 8-2 win Monday. He allowed one hit in the top of the first inning, a line-drive home run to rightfield by Erick Aybar, and then shut things down until the seventh inning, going five innings without allowing a hit. In the end, Eickhoff scattered five hits across 7 2/3 innings, with eight strikeouts and three walks.
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May 22, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Tyler Goeddel leaped against the wall in left field, but he never had a chance. The home run - the second yielded by Aaron Nola on an uncharacteristic Friday night - landed in the first row of the stands at Citizens Bank Park and a 7-1 loss to Atlanta was all but sealed. The two-run home run by Nick Markakis in the seventh inning marked just the fourth time in 43 starts that Nola has allowed more than one homer in a game. Both of the pitches were four-seam fastballs that tailed over the heart of the plate.
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May 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - A few thousand people dotted the stands Tuesday night at soon-to-be-abandoned Turner Field for the first of 19 games between the game's two worst offenses. This is what rebuilding baseball looks like, and the Phillies can derive some comfort from the fact that they are a year ahead of the Braves in the process. Wins are not hollow for these Phillies. A 3-2 victory over Atlanta pushed them to five games over .500, tying their best mark this season. If the surprising Phillies are to prove they are no fluke, they must beat teams like the Braves.
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September 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - It is too early to tell exactly when J.P. Crawford, a highly touted shortstop and the Phillies' top prospect, will reach the major leagues. But it is not premature to begin to gauge whether Freddy Galvis, the Phillies' shortstop all season, could factor into the team's equation at second base in the future. Galvis started at second base for the first time this season in the Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field. Although interim manager Pete Mackanin insisted there was "no ulterior motive" to the temporary position change, it makes sense for the Phillies' front office to see Galvis play on the right side of the infield before season's end. Galvis "might play two or three games" at second base over the final two weeks of the season, Mackanin said.
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September 9, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IF A TREE falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If two bad baseball teams get together on a holiday evening for a game, does anyone care? If the Phillies have a home game scheduled at the same time as the Eagles' season opener, will anyone show up? These are the questions you find yourself pondering while the Phillies dropped their 85th loss of the season on Labor Day to the equally awful Atlanta Braves. Freddie Freeman launched Aaron Harang's 10th pitch of the night over the leftfield fence for a home run to help fuel Atlanta to a 7-2 victory over the Phillies last night.
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September 9, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A dreadful stretch of performances from the Atlanta Braves ensured Monday's Phillies' game to be the least desirable of Major League Baseball's 15 Labor Day games. The matchup was reflected in the attendance as the smallest crowd in Citizens Bank Park's 12-season history showed up to watch baseball's two worst teams. An announced 15,125 in the stands for the Phillies' 7-2 loss marked the team's worst attendance since April 23, 2003, when a mere 13,444 attended a win against the Colorado Rockies at Veterans Stadium.
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May 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Despite giving up a home run to the second batter he faced, Jerome Williams was doing what he's basically done best since joining the Phillies last August in the first half of last night's game at Turner Field. He was keeping his team in the game. He retired eight straight after Andrelton Simmons' home run. Williams and the Phillies were down by just one run heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. But then Williams tried to finish off rookie Jace Peterson with a 1-2 changeup on the outer half of the plate to begin the fifth.
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May 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Chad Billingsley, who turns 31 in July, was as excited as a 20-year-old rookie on the eve of his first start of the season. Billingsley was 25 months and two elbow surgeries removed from his most recent major league game. About an hour before he took the mound for the Phillies last night at Turner Field, Billingsley's heart began pounding pretty fast. He rode the adrenaline in getting the first big-league batter he faced since 2013 to ground out, and then used it again when he dialed up 93 mph on his seventh pitch of the night.
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May 7, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - A brisk top of the first inning Tuesday night ensured only three extra minutes for any nerves to stew as Chad Billingsley readied in the visitors dugout. The 30-year-old righthander walked to the Turner Field mound, threw his seven warm-up pitches, and toed the rubber to face Nick Markakis. After two years, two elbow surgeries, and countless steps of rehabilitation on his right elbow, Billingsley was a major-league pitcher again. The results in the Phillies' 9-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves proved far from what the pitcher had envisioned, but he left with some encouragement.
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