Braves complete 6-0 July sweep of Phillies

When the Phillies beat the Braves in two games Sept. 26-27, 2007, it was the final step for surging Philadelphia to move into a first-place tie with the faltering New York Mets, and from there the Phillies won the first of their five consecutive division titles by taking two of three in a season-ending series against Washington.

The Phillies all but owned the Braves from that point, going 47-28 against them beginning with those two crucial wins through their first game (and win) against them this season.

But now, the Braves have finally restored proper order to their relationship with the Phillies.

Jason Heyward homered in the first inning, Chipper Jones homered in the third, and the Braves led all the way Sunday in a 6-2 win at Turner Field against Roy Halladay to finish off their second series sweep against the Phillies in July.

Tim Hudson got his 10th win and the Braves improved to 13 games over .500 (57-44) for the first time this season, still four games behind National League East leader Washington.

“Mentally as a team you’ve got to get over certain humps, and Philly’s been a big hump for us to try and get over,” Jones said after the Braves improved to 15-5 in their past 20 games, including 6-0 against the Phillies. “We’ve been striving to compete with them in this division for a long time, and they’ve handled us pretty well. I think this is one of the humps that this team has to get over mentally, and we seem to have done it.

“Now we’ve got to get over that hump of beating the Nationals. The Nationals have had our number a little bit over the past couple of years, and they’re the team ahead of us. So we better get going.”

The last-place Phillies are 17-32 with a 4.66 ERA since June 2 and fell to 16-1/2 games behind Washington.

“They’re in our division and they’re a good team, regardless of whether they’re going well or not,” said Heyward, who homered on a first-pitch change-up from Halladay with two out in the first inning. “We can’t take it easy on them because they’re never going to take it easy on us.”

The Phillies led 1-0 in the first inning Friday, and the Braves led every inning for the rest of the series.

The king isn’t dead yet, but he’s weezing and has a faint pulse.

“They’re a good club,” Hudson (10-4) said after allowing seven hits, two runs and no walks in 5-2/3 innings. “They’ve had their troubles this year with health, and their confidence might be shaken a little bit. That’s the time you’ve got to take advantage of teams like that. They have it in them to be really good. It’s just that unfortunately for them, they got out of the gate slow. They weren’t healthy and it just kind of snowballed.”

The Braves have won 13 of Hudson’s 17 starts this season including five in a row. The Phillies have lost eight of Halladay’s last 11 starts, which would have been unthinkable before this season.

Halladay (4-6) pitched six innings and retired the last 10 batters he faced, but the Braves did enough damage early and late to beat the two-time former Cy Young Award winner in his third start since returning from the disabled list (sore shoulder). He’s 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in four starts against the Braves over the past two seasons, after going 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in three starts against them in 2010 including two complete games.

After Heyward hit his 16th homer – two shy of his career-best as a rookie in 2010 – Jones singled and Freddie Freeman walked. Dan Uggla followed with a pulled line-drive double to left field, snapping Uggla’s 0-for-21 skid over his past seven games. It was his first extra-base hit and first RBI in 13 games.

Jones’ first-pitch leadoff homer in the third  inning was his 10th of the season and 464th of his career, and moved him past Pete Rose into sole possession of second place on the career extra-base hits list for switch-hitters with 1,042, behind Eddie Murray (1,099).

“Pete had a lot of doubles,” Jones said, laughing. “It’s another one of the milestones that when you get home from the ballgame and just say, ‘wow.’ Pete Rose had over 4,000 hits, and to past him in extra-base hits with 1,400 less  hits than he had … is pretty cool.”

Shane Victorino homered off Hudson in the fourth and the Phillies added a run in the sixth before the Braves opened a big lead with a three-run seventh against reliever Jacob Diekman. All three runs were unearned after Diekman misplayed a ground ball.

“We’re taking advantage of some of the miscues they’ve made,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’ve got some timely hits and we’ve pitched. Go back and look at the last six games we’ve played against them we’ve had all those things, but the common denominator is we’ve pitched pretty well. [Pitching coach] Roger [McDowell] has done a terrific job with the game plan and Rossy and Mac [catchers David Ross and Brian McCann] have followed it to a T.”

Braves pitchers have a 1.67 ERA in the six July wins against the Phillies.

“It’s always important to get out [to an early lead] on Doc,” Jones said. “He’s not going to give you much. I think it’s the first mistake he’s made to me in a long time. The guy’s good. He’s a competititor. Probably didn’t have his best stuff early in the game, but kept his team in the game and gave them a chance through six or seven.

“He doesn’t have a nickname and all them Cy Youngs in his trophy case for nothing.”

It was Halladay’s nickname, “Doc,” that caused an restless night for Gonzalez. Near midnight Friday, Jones posted on his Twitter page, “Got a date wit the Doc tmrw.” Gonzalez’s son, Alex, saw the Tweet and relayed it to his father, who was worried that the 40-year-old third baseman was hurt again.

“This tweeting stuff is going to kill me,” said Gonzalez, who said he tossed and turned all night before he got to the ballpark Sunday and realized what Jones had meant.

“It was a good appointment I guess,” he said after the game.

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Grandma Giffin

July 29th, 2012
8:05 pm

FlaBrave

July 29th, 2012
8:09 pm

First!! Go Braves, let’s keep this going!

FlaBrave

July 29th, 2012
8:10 pm

Kudos to you, Grandma…

Be A Grinderer

July 29th, 2012
8:10 pm

Whats up with the goofy celebration between Chipper & Freddy?

Be A Grinderer

July 29th, 2012
8:12 pm

Granma got ran over by a tow truck..

phil

July 29th, 2012
8:12 pm

Poor Fredi….

Wow.

Great to sweep these boys.

74bravesjersey

July 29th, 2012
8:19 pm

Keep the Swag boy’s, keep the swag! The Bravomobile is still roll’n.

74bravesjersey

July 29th, 2012
8:21 pm

Oh yeah, Kudos from down under Grandma Giffin; You’re doin’ a great job keep’n Don & Jim squared up on the broadcasts.

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
8:26 pm

Mr74bravesjersey Could you hold right here a minute. I am going to take lap top to mom be riht back.

Whiskey River

July 29th, 2012
8:32 pm

Hi big guy. Sorry can’t type very good. Just wanted to say hello and goodbye. You have been a good friend. I can’t come on any more but just wanted to ask you to take care of my grand niece. She does’nt know much but enthusiastic. Well got to go. Be safe. be well and God be with you Bye.

JoshTown

July 29th, 2012
8:43 pm

Chipper Jones is a stud.

Brent

July 29th, 2012
8:50 pm

Wasnt some guy on this website just saying earlier how the Braves needed to beat the Phillies! Just sayin…

Brent

July 29th, 2012
8:53 pm

Oh yeah, I believe that would be Jeff Shultz!

74bravesjersey

July 29th, 2012
8:54 pm

Hey Whiskey, we’ll be sincerely lifting you up, Be comforted my friend, I’m blessed & very honored for you taking the time to say hello. God’s grace is sufficient. My hearts out to you, & we’ll do our best to look after amber on here. Some folks can be ruthless.

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
9:00 pm

74bravesjersey I’m back. That message made me cry.

74bravesjersey

July 29th, 2012
9:00 pm

Man don’t respond, but I should say one day ata time, you don’t know what this means to me. WRiver I am very blessed to call you friend.

Yogi Berra

July 29th, 2012
9:05 pm

Hey Whiskey..praying for you buddy. Ya’ll be ok man– believe it.

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
9:06 pm

74 bravesjersey. Thank you very much for being his friend and I hope you will continue with me.

dawg4u

July 29th, 2012
9:06 pm

If the season ended today then the Braves would be the second wild card behind the Pirates. I wish we could’ve gotten Greinke but that didn’t happen. The Nats won another big game today when it looked in the ninth inning like we may gain a game on them. Didn’t happen. We definitely need another starting pitcher to compete with the Nats who probably are the best team in baseball right now or at least right up there with the Yankees.

74bravesjersey

July 29th, 2012
9:07 pm

Amber Girl, I’m sorry, I’ve known you’re uncle only for a short time, been fortunate to correspond w/ him some but I’ve read the blogs for a while. We’ll be lifting him, you & you’re Mom up in prayer, that’s someting that helps me through. God love ya’ll.

74bravesjersey

July 29th, 2012
9:09 pm

@Yogi Berra, I’m with ya.

74bravesjersey

July 29th, 2012
9:10 pm

@Amber Girl; I’d be Honored to.

native atlantan

July 29th, 2012
9:11 pm

These guys win 5 strait and then loose 6, what kind of team do we have?

74bravesjersey

July 29th, 2012
9:11 pm

I’d be honored.

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
9:12 pm

74bravesjersey Thank you for the prayers. Mom wants me to get off now. so hope that I can chat with you and Mr Berra tomorrow. Sorry to bring you bad news but he said if I saw you, I was supposed to tell So here’s to hoping all of you walk with God. Have Peace. Good NIte Go Braves!!!

74bravesjersey

July 29th, 2012
9:15 pm

Sorry for the repeat. Gotta run, have a good one, Keep swag’in Bravos, Keep Swag’in WRiver, & Amber Girl.

So?

July 29th, 2012
9:21 pm

Really loving Heyward. Playing well and hard and showing his potential. Could be a future HOFer.

Larry

July 29th, 2012
9:22 pm

Trade idea: Shane Victorino

The guy is a stellar outfielder with tremendous speed having, unfortunately for him, an off year at the plate. However, this is an aberration for this fine hitter but could work to the Braves advantage in acquiring him more reasonably.

This would add a stellar right handed bat in right field that would open up tremendous possibilities:

1. Between him, Bourne and Heyward, nothing would fall in the outfield.
2. He could provide insurance should Chipper go down (always a possibility) by moving Prado to third.
3. He could allow Prado to move to second if Uggla is still being Uggla in September or the playoffs.
4. He could afford Bourne, Heyward, Prado, Jones and Uggla off days in August and September to keep everyone fresh come October.
5. If we lose Bourne to Free Agency, we could possibly sign him to a contract to play Center Field and lose absolutely nothing in the field or the plate.

Dave,

could you forward this on to Frank and dumb it down for Fredi to comprehend??

Larry

July 29th, 2012
9:29 pm

…and think about all that speed with Bourne, Heyward, Constanza and the swich-hitting Victorino to manufacture runs in well pitched playoff game rather than watching batter after batter strike out as we saw so often under the booger picker manager?

Larry

July 29th, 2012
9:31 pm

Oh, and another thing, it’s past time to release the pinch hitting and occasional starting big fat guy with one homerun and batting .200…he’s done!

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2012
9:39 pm

Nice series, see what happens when your starting pitchers pitch like they are supposed to? Now no more being erratic and this team can make the playoffs.

Still wouldn’t hurt to go out and get a starting pitcher as long as they don’t have to give up much. Sheets has been great, much better than I ever expected him to be. Hopefully Medlen can give this starting staff a boost as well, we all know he can’t be worse than Jurrgens.

On a side note, thanks Milwaukee for the help today. You had a 7-3 lead in the 8th inning and still couldn’t beat the Nats. Thankfully the Braves did their part and swept the Phillies, otherwise the Braves would be 6 games back in the division. Go out there and take care of the Marlins, and hopefully the Phillies can beat the Nats.

Keith

July 29th, 2012
9:40 pm

DOB,

Could you write about potential relief targets the Braves could be targeting?

Thanks.

GO BRAVES! :)

Pitchers Wanted

July 29th, 2012
9:53 pm

No update on Braves trade rumors ?

Due West Brave

July 29th, 2012
9:55 pm

Dave you may have addressed this before, but after the Braves run of 14 consecutive Division Titles they only dropped to third in the Division in 2006. Is the Phillies drop after 5 consecutive Division Titles to Last Place in the Division, the sharpest drop in MLB history since we went to Division Play?

Pitchers Wanted

July 29th, 2012
9:55 pm

Ok. Keep Josh Johnson in Atlanta when the Marlins leave this week !

Pitchers Wanted

July 29th, 2012
9:57 pm

Season aint over. Phillies may or may not finish last.

Paul In Richmond.

July 29th, 2012
9:57 pm

Won 15 of the last 20 – not with pitching but with hitting.
Keep scoring 5-6 runs a game and we got a chance.

Pitchers Wanted

July 29th, 2012
9:58 pm

Jair,Delgado.Pastornicky for Josh Johnson.

Yogi Berra

July 29th, 2012
9:59 pm

Nothing on the radar.

Pitchers Wanted

July 29th, 2012
10:00 pm

And they would have lost all those games if pitchers gave up 6-7 runs per game too.

Swisher Sweet

July 29th, 2012
10:02 pm

Nerdville

July 29th, 2012
10:08 pm

Big deal! They should have won. The Phillies are one of the worse teams in baseball. You guys get all excited just because they won 3 games against a terrible team. They had their chance to show us something against the Nats, a very good team, and what did they do? They blew it.

Brandon

July 29th, 2012
10:10 pm

@Nerdville – you mean they split the series…doesnt sound like blowing it to me.

Nerdville

July 29th, 2012
10:11 pm

MLB’s best pitchers must agree with me. Why? Because the Braves can’t get a big time pitcher to come play for them.

Quicherbichin

July 29th, 2012
10:13 pm

Larry and Pitchers wanted to a Phillies blog for a blogger to be named later,

Quicherbichin

July 29th, 2012
10:16 pm

Nerdville to the Yankees blog for a blogger to be named later as well.

Nerdville

July 29th, 2012
10:17 pm

The objective is to win your division. They were 2-0, with a chance to make a statement and take over first place in the division with a sweep. But what did they do? Blow the last two games and leave town still in second.

John w

July 29th, 2012
10:18 pm

Anyone notice Chipper napping and getting picked off second yesterday? How bout him not running out the ground ball booted by Utley in today’s game? Either one of those plays could have cost us the game. I know he’s a great hitter but he should be called out for not paying attention or hustling !

Nerdville

July 29th, 2012
10:21 pm

Yankees? Now there’s a good team.

CRM300

July 29th, 2012
10:21 pm

Phils are hardly a terrible team. Wlith Utley and Howard back, they are basically the same team that won 5 straight division titles Braves beat Halladay and Hamels, two of the best in baseball. Halladay has had some injury problems this year, but the sweep should accepted enthusiastically by any Braves fan. Split that series with the Nats, who are red hot. Got seven games coming up at home that are all winnable. Don’t have to face Josh Johnson against the Marlins. Can’t name a single starter on the Astros. Could be 20 games over .500 in a week! Don’t need a stupid trade, Medlen will be a good starter, Moyland will be back in the bullpen, Uggla will hit! Life is good! You negative ninnies would complain if you won the lottery!

Quicherbichin

July 29th, 2012
10:22 pm

The object is to make the playoffs, Strassburg only has about 50 innings left until he’s shut down. I feel like the Braves will make a move.

HOF 10

July 29th, 2012
10:24 pm

Of course when we win 5 or 6 straight, you naturally worry about turning around and losing 5 or 6 straight in this weird season. The way to break the pattern is for Uggla to end his slump and go on one of his equally epic hot streaks. Take that double today, do a 2-4 of any kind tomorrow and then start on something like his 30-plus game hitting streak that followed the big slump last year. The time is now, Danny. The time is now.

UPGRAYEDD

July 29th, 2012
10:32 pm

Nobody’s shutting down Strasburg. They’ll limit his innings, but no way are they sitting down their ace. It was a good idea in spring training when that kind of talk is cheap, but they’re leading the division and would be insane to screw up a winning formula.

But I sure wish they would.

Quicherbichin

July 29th, 2012
10:35 pm

According to the Washington Post, shutting Strassburg down to improve his longevity is still the plan and nothing is going to change that.

FBYJ

July 29th, 2012
11:12 pm

@John w … I noticed Chipper slacking off on the ball booted by Utley too. However, given Chipper’s propensity toward injury, I would almost rather have him slack off than give extra effort on one play, only to be lost for the rest of the season. Frankly, the guy’s leading the team in most offensive categories, so I’m willing to cut him some slack.

Speaking of cutting slack, I never fail to understand all the negativism surrounding Wren and Gonzalez. We’ve got the fourth best record in the National League, and yet from the criticism on the blogs, you would think we were the worst team in the majors. As Chipper said today, we are currently in position for a playoff spot, so all we’ve got to do is keep winning. After watching the last several games, I like our chances of not only making it into the playoffs, but also winning a series or two there.

BravesFanInNashville

July 29th, 2012
11:22 pm

John w…… I agree Chipper should lead by example and he got caught napping at second yesterday and would have been safe at first today if he had just run out the grounder instead of letting up and then running hard when he saw Utley bobble the ball. I’m a huge Chipper fan but those are mistakes that will eventually cost you ballgames. He’s won us many games with his clutch hitting and fielding so it’s really hard to be critical of player like Chipper but as a team they have to play every play like it matters because it does.

gcs

July 29th, 2012
11:41 pm

Uggla is getting $13 million to hit .210. He is 32-years old and has two years in a row where he has gone into an extended slumps. Get RID of him and move Prado back to second base.

Otis Nixon's Hellbent Redemption

July 30th, 2012
12:14 am

I don’t get the whole Grandma Giffin thing, why do they call that guy that?

Terdville

July 30th, 2012
1:37 am

Phillies? Now there’s a stinky team!

DawgDad

July 30th, 2012
2:10 am

I cannot envision the Phillies trading Victorino unless they trade him for another established centerfielder or already know they can sign Bourn. The Phillies are not the Houston Astros; they are a big-market, big-money team with a fan base and press that would crucify them for selling out and rebuilding. They have some players to move, but he’s not one of them. And if they do move him, it won’t be to Atlanta.

Rowsdower

July 30th, 2012
2:53 am

Seriously, how long does Michael Bourn have to play here before you douchebags learn how to spell his name?

This isn’t Jason BournE…

RunninWithTheDawgs

July 30th, 2012
5:47 am

AMAZING what you can do when you put a few runs up on the board. GO BRAVES !

Twayne

July 30th, 2012
6:24 am

TRADE Frankl Wren bring back Rocking LEO

Larry

July 30th, 2012
7:21 am

I called it earlier this year. The Braves are done. Why don’t you people listen to me? The only reason you’re not all over Fredi is because they’re winning. Don’t you see that if they weren’t winning you’d be like me and realize that we’d be better off without Fredi. Don’t let winning blind you to the facts. We need a new manager. I don’t care if we win the World Series this year, we still need a better manager. Winning the World Series would just make all of you even more ignorant to the fact that Fredi is not good for this team. Listen to Larry and don’t fall for Fredi just because they’re winning.

Vermont 39

July 30th, 2012
7:26 am

What happened to the Philthy trolls???
They haven’t been here in a while…probably too busy eating their hats!!!
14 Division titles aren’t so easy after all!!!!

Larry

July 30th, 2012
7:28 am

I’d like to get Dan Uggla in the batting cage and correct a few glaring holes in his swing. I can’t believe the Braves don’t realize that he’s a drive-and-thru hitter and they keep trying to make him into someone like Andruw Jones, who was obviously a stride-and-jerk hitter. There is a clear difference and Uggla is not going to respond to the same style. I’d get him to stride level instead of forward, thus balancing his weight so he can take advantage of his strength. Andruw wasn’t as strong, so he needed the extra follow through and he had the size to get away with it. I can’t believe the Braves don’t see this.

phil

July 30th, 2012
7:48 am

John w
July 29th, 2012
10:18 pm

Anyone notice Chipper napping and getting picked off second yesterday? How bout him not running out the ground ball booted by Utley in today’s game? Either one of those plays could have cost us the game. I know he’s a great hitter but he should be called out for not paying attention or hustling !

********
looks like you’ve managed to call him out just fine yourself….

Not sure why you think it’s necessary to “call out” our best hitter with no legs left on which to try to run, but whatever makes you feel better, in your infinite baseball wisdom. Go back to your sandbox now, ok?

phil

July 30th, 2012
7:52 am

LOL @Larry and the moron pretending to be Larry…

Off to the golf course! Vacation week!

Playing GM

July 30th, 2012
8:30 am

It’s Monday!!

Playing GM

July 30th, 2012
8:31 am

Pray for Rain!

iliketacos

July 30th, 2012
9:35 am

Nice hustle down the line beating out that grounder late in the game, Larry. oh wait……….ha!! typical effort from the 1st ballot waste of space.

Tumbledown

July 30th, 2012
9:49 am

Braves: Just say no to Josh Beckett. We doe not need that declining prima donna on our team.

reckingball

July 30th, 2012
9:56 am

It’s kind of nice to see the Braves send the Phillies out of town, with their heads hung-down low, and their tails tucked between their legs. haha.

reckingball

July 30th, 2012
9:59 am

Kind of like a bunch of old dumpster dogs.

Chief Knock-A-Homa

July 30th, 2012
10:11 am

I wouldn’t mind seeing the Braves take a chance on Beckett if the Sox are willing to eat a good portion of his salary, which it sounds like they are likely willing to do… His numbers aren’t too far off from his career stats, and he has post season success…

His last ten outings – earned runs – 4, 4, 3, 6, 2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 1… With him pitching into the 6th and 7th inning in the majority…

He could be a great, unexpected pickup….

PMC

July 30th, 2012
10:35 am

with the way Pittsburg, Cincinatti and Washington are playing they almost need to sweep the Marlins and the Astros too.

Lobosolo

July 30th, 2012
11:06 am

Larry, I can’t believe you’re not the gm in the majors instead of that fantasy world league you reside in…. what a genius!!! what a legend!!! what a tool!!!!

Carl Farvman

July 30th, 2012
11:20 am

I’m thinking we should trade Chipper,Heyward and Mac prior to the deadline. Agree?

Yogi Berra

July 30th, 2012
11:23 am

come on guys,you can’t tell the difference in the real Larry and the other Larry..o-g the world is full of Larry’s. so it is.

Amber Girl

July 30th, 2012
11:28 am

Good morning Mr Berra. How are you? I am HOT, HOT,

Be A Grinderer

July 30th, 2012
11:30 am

Call Chipper out for that goofy celebration with Freeman. It looked like two little girls slapping hands in a patty cakes game.

Be A Grinderer

July 30th, 2012
11:33 am

The elbow bash is the manly celebration. Slapping hands and dancing is for girls…

Yogi Berra

July 30th, 2012
11:34 am

Good morning Amber. How is Mr Whiskey this morning? I pray he is doing better.
Yes, its hot outside, just don’t get to hot. Where do ya’ll live..north , south, east ,west Georgia. Don’t give address just town.

Amber Girl

July 30th, 2012
11:37 am

Whiskey is sleeping but no change. Thanks for prayers. It is currently 101 in Dallas Texas.

Yogi Berra

July 30th, 2012
11:48 am

Good he can rest but yes thats hot…Texas Braves fan thats great! try to stay cool.

Amber Girl

July 30th, 2012
11:52 am

Be back later. Gone swimming with boyfriend.

Larry

July 30th, 2012
12:08 pm

LoboSoDumb,

The “Larry” at 7:21 am was not me. phil was smart enough to catch it but, of course, this smart you will never be!

phil

July 30th, 2012
1:18 pm

LoboSoDumb….lol

Irritating little cuss. Same tired routine, day after day after day. Sad thing is, LoboTomy actually has sense but cares more about being an ass…

Oh well.

Amber Girl

July 30th, 2012
1:45 pm

Got my swim and ice cream. Cooler now. Any trades yet?

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