Sep 082011
Phillies vs Braves

The Phils celebrate Ross Gload's walkoff winner

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Walk-off hit gives Phillies sweep of Braves

September 8 CSN Philly

Charlie Manuel likes to dream up scenarios where his team solves the Atlanta Braves’ lights out bullpen. Usually, though, Manuel talks about his hope that the youthful Braves relievers struggle with stamina so late in a long baseball season. With back-end guys Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel sporting microscopic ERAs, while averaging more than a strikeout per inning, late leads are pretty safe for the Braves.

Utley to sit out after being hit in the head by pitch

September 8 CSN Philly

The first words out of Chase Utley’s mouth after Eric O’Flaherty’s pitch bounced off the back of his batting helmet were fairly poignant.  “What happened?”  It appeared as if nothing much happened after Utley was beaned with a pitch in the back of the head with two outs in the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s victory over the Braves at the Bank. Utley jogged to first base and then took his position after Ryan Howard struck out to end the inning.

Phils notes: Series with dangerous Brewers looms

September 8 CSN Philly

It’s been just about five months since the Phillies last played the Milwaukee Brewers, and during that time both clubs have virtually mirrored one another.  While the staid and veteran-laden Phillies have taken command of the NL East with the best record in baseball, the Brewers, with a youthful cast of characters, are not too far behind. Heading into Wednesday night, the Brewers have a stranglehold on the NL Central with a 9½-game lead over the second-place Cardinals.

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