Braves win seventh straight vs. Phils

Philadelphia – My, how times have changed. The Braves’ big decisions of late center around if they should wear their socks up again to ward off bad karma on Mondays.

The Phillies have been facing whoppers like whether or not to trade veteran left-hander Cliff Lee, and just how far to take their recent roster transformation.

That’s about how their meeting played out Monday night, with the Braves cruising past the Phillies 6-1 wearing high socks, while the Phillies fretted the end of their three-year home sellout streak.

After going winless in their first 12 Mondays this season and 16 straight dating back to last August, the Braves won for the second straight Monday on the strength of another strong outing from Ben Sheets.

He gave up one run in 7 1/3 innings to move to 4-1 with a 1.41 ERA in his comeback after two elbow operations and two years out of the game.

The new-look Phillies, meanwhile, failed to sell out Citizens Bank Park for the first time since July 7, 2009, ending a streak of 257 sold-out regular-season starts. It was the longest home sell-out streak in National League history. Only the Red Sox (current streak of 772 sellouts) and Indians, who sold out 455 from 1995-2001, have had longer streaks.

A team now minus players like Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence played in front of 41,665 fans on Monday night, well under their 45,082 average.

The Braves opened this three-game series by beating the Phillies for the seventh straight time, their longest winning streak against the Phillies since taking nine in a row from Aug. 15, 1996 to July 14, 1997.

“Still a very tough lineup over there,” Sheets said. “I feel like there’s no let-up. Some of them might not be swinging it like they have in the past, but same guys you know, very dangerous, very good hitters. Glad to get by and get us a victory.”

Sheets, who got in on the socks-up phenomenon, gave up his first home run in 27 2/3 innings, but a solo shot by John Mayberry Jr. was all the Phillies would get against him.

Sheets gave up seven hits in 7 1/3 innings for his longest outing of the year, while the Phillies were already onto their fifth pitcher. He needed only 92 pitches to get there, pitching to contact all night.

The former four-time All-Star with the Brewers was an overpowering strikeout pitcher in his past. Even as a reclamation project of sorts, he was leading Braves’ starters with 8.39 strikeouts per nine innings, but he didn’t record a one on Monday night.

“Getting them out, man, is just as much fun,” Sheets said.

Catcher Brian McCann said Sheets mixed his two-seam fastball with his four-seamer effectively and was keeping all his pitches down.

“He can attack you in many different ways,” McCann said. “It’s not just fastball/curveball. He can sink you down and away. He can throw a slider in there. He can mix in a change-up. When you have two devastating pitches, you have to respect them both (fastball/curveball). And then he can get easy outs on first-pitch change-up when somebody is looking heater.”

Jason Heyward snow-coned a ball in right center field to take extra-bases from Brian Schneider to strand two runners for Sheets in the second inning. He also supplied two key add-on runs for him too – scoring from first base on a McCann single in the seventh, then hitting his 18th home run of the season in the ninth.

“It was unbelievable,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Heyward’s baserunning play. “He played until the whistle blew.”

The Braves chased Phillies starter Vance Worley after only 3 2/3 innings and 74 pitches. Freddie Freeman had the big hit against him, stroking a two-out two-run double just fair over the first base bag in a three-run third inning.

Michael Bourn scored easily on Freeman’s double and Martin Prado not so easily, but he got his left hand in just ahead of the tag from the catcher Schneider.

86 comments Add your comment

Matt

August 6th, 2012
9:46 pm

Matthew 19:30

Alonso

August 6th, 2012
9:48 pm

jojo

August 6th, 2012
9:52 pm

go Braves! gotta love Big Ben!

Tampa Gator

August 6th, 2012
9:54 pm

Nats never seem to lose….like those Braves teams that won 14 straight division titles. Pitching…Pitching…..Pitching….defense….and timely hitting. Win Win Win. The Braves will have to sweep the Nats the next time if they hope to catch them.

urban redneck

August 6th, 2012
9:55 pm

only thing worse than doing first is failing miserably at it.

we’re lookin purty dang good. sheets threw like a champ. we’ll be friggin awesome when simmons gets back. go bravos.

Quack Quack

August 6th, 2012
9:58 pm

What a great win Bravos!! A TEAM effort for sure. JHey is AWESOME!!! Maybe, just maybe uggla is coming out to play. Great job Big Ben!! Great job running up the pitch count. Our Team is really clicking. Keep up the great playing.

GO BRAVES!!!

CaptainLefty

August 6th, 2012
10:01 pm

@ Matt: Best first ever! Any the first will be last, etc…..

rhaiz r blaide

August 6th, 2012
10:02 pm

Will the Washington Nationals please lose a few games???? Hey, I;m not asking for a complete collapse from them but maybe lose 4 out of 5 or play .500 ball for 12 – 15 games!!!! c’mon Nats!! Give us some hope!!!!!

Homer

August 6th, 2012
10:02 pm

All the pieces are falling together at the right time. Even Uggla is Rollin’

blueridge

August 6th, 2012
10:05 pm

Holy (Ben) Sheets! This guy is killing it.

farmer

August 6th, 2012
10:10 pm

great game today.. Ben Sheets comeback player of the year, no doubt.. love beating the Phillies and making their miserable season even worse.. good win guys, keep it going

Peachtree John

August 6th, 2012
10:11 pm

Congratulations Braves. Keep it up. Sorry, I missed the game because of a Moo Cow Biker organization meeting in Conyers. New Chapter is up and running.

Ghost of Munson

August 6th, 2012
10:16 pm

Caroll….the Braves are 2-12 on Mondays not 12-2

Brave New World

August 6th, 2012
10:18 pm

The J-Hey Kid doing it wth the bat, the glove, and speed!

Texas Brave

August 6th, 2012
10:22 pm

strange start by Sheets with no K’s

So?

August 6th, 2012
10:26 pm

Agreed. JH is on fire. What an asset to the team this year!

OTP

August 6th, 2012
10:29 pm

It is going to come down to the Braves beating the Nationals. Every game.

Ken Stallings

August 6th, 2012
10:29 pm

Washington is looking like they are going to beat Houston, so no help there. Pirates also won, so all the standings stay the same for the NL East and NL Wildcard. But, the Braves are playing solid baseball and have done so for a three week stretch.

It is certainly fun to watch! Keep it going gentlemen!

Carroll Rogers

August 6th, 2012
10:30 pm

Braves have their longest winning streak over the Phillies (seven) since they won nine in a row Aug. 15, 1996 to July 14, 1997

DaveinNEPA

August 6th, 2012
10:30 pm

OK………..I’ll admit it………I was wrong!!!!!

When Wren signed Ben Sheets, I thought he had completely lost his mind and instead of his usual dumpster diving, went trolling in the cat’s box instead.

Ben Sheets has made a believer out of me with his performance to date. He has been far better than any of us ever expected.

Maybe Wren got lucky but IMO this was a masterful move on his part.

Braves fan always

August 6th, 2012
10:32 pm

Ghost of Munson

August 6th, 2012
10:16 pm
Caroll….the Braves are 2-12 on Mondays not 12-2

The Braves, meanwhile, opened this three-game series by beating the Phillies for the seventh straight time and won for the 11th time in 13 games overall. They moved to 2-12 on Mondays while they were at it

LEARN TO READ PLEASE

Braves fan always

August 6th, 2012
10:34 pm

Braves fan always

August 6th, 2012
10:35 pm

Randy From Macon

August 6th, 2012
10:36 pm

Great win Braves! Ben Sheets is the real deal and so is the rest of our pitching staff. 53 games to go and 3 games behind – plenty of time to catch the Nationals. No worry – this season is shaping up to be very special. Washington has to be looking over their shoulders.

Ken Stallings

August 6th, 2012
10:38 pm

Made a mistake in my commentary on Carroll’s previous column. Sheets is 4-1 so obviously his 1.41 ERA is earned over five starts — all quality starts!

Sheets’ excellent and consistent performance, along with Minor’s late consistent good performance, combined with Medlen putting in back-to-back good efforts (with only bad weather preventing a second straight quality start) has dropped the Braves’ staff ERA to top ten in baseball. That is a very significant positive development.

With the offense still in the top ten in baseball in runs scored, it is a receipe for prolonged success if the team can continue it.

Rowsdower

August 6th, 2012
10:38 pm

Braves fan always

August 6th, 2012
10:39 pm

MATTHEW 20:16

Braves fan

August 6th, 2012
10:41 pm

Braves fan

August 6th, 2012
10:41 pm

Braves fan

August 6th, 2012
10:42 pm

Chop

August 6th, 2012
10:42 pm

Wow, what a great win tonight…welcome to the Jason Heyward experience!!

John Leonard

August 6th, 2012
10:42 pm

Me thinks the number 1 we need is already here.Just think how bad our ss spot was,and now we have two outstanding ones.GO BRAVES!!

Braves

August 6th, 2012
10:43 pm

WHERE R ALL THE HATERS?
THATS RIGHT WE WON

ESPECIALLY BRAVES FAN IN WISC
TAMPA GATOR
PATHETIC

son's who?

August 6th, 2012
10:44 pm

How about a little love for the scout(s) who recommended Ben Sheets be signed. Most bloggers want to praise or crucify the GM for Free Agent signings or deadline trades, but the scouts are the ones doing the legwork.

Braves FAN

August 6th, 2012
10:45 pm

tIME FOR TOMMY HURT HANSEN,AND LARRY HOOTERS JONES TO FLOP IN SEPT.

ITS COMING WATCH

Braves FAN

August 6th, 2012
10:46 pm

MATT DPLAY DIAZ NO LONGER HAS PICS OF FREDI GOR F.WRENN

SO LONG LOSER

Braves Scout

August 6th, 2012
10:47 pm

Braves Scout

August 6th, 2012
10:48 pm

I also said sign josh hamilton,mccutchen,and you idiots finally listened to me

bostonbravo

August 6th, 2012
10:50 pm

Jayson does not appear to be a “bench” fave. Any ideas why?? They just kinda avoid the guy? (Whereas they hug Dan Struggla & cheer his every foul ball)…Seriously. Noticed it again tonite. JHey have an attitude prob??

son's who?

August 6th, 2012
10:51 pm

and of course, the a-holes come a’calling.

Randy From Macon

August 6th, 2012
10:58 pm

Some of you bloggers need to grow up – get a life – go back to high school. The Braves are playing great baseball. Take your negativity somewhere else. We are in a pennant race and it don’t get much better than this. GO BRAVES!

Rowsdower

August 6th, 2012
11:05 pm

So, Heyward has an attitude problem because he doesn’t hug it out? Wow…now you’re really reaching.

Yes Way José

August 6th, 2012
11:09 pm

BostonBravo is an idiot. Ignore and carry on.

Rowsdower

August 6th, 2012
11:17 pm

Sacks packed.. COME ON LASTROS!

Pippa's hiney

August 6th, 2012
11:29 pm

bostonbravo: In your imagination. See every game. Not so.

NCbrave

August 6th, 2012
11:45 pm

Nats are blowing it to the stros.

Rowsdower

August 6th, 2012
11:49 pm

How do you take strike 3 with the winning run on 3rd and 1 out? My god…

Busch Leaguer

August 7th, 2012
12:04 am

Astros’ turn into Bad news Bears in the 11th .Nats take the lead on a popped up sacrifice bunt.3errors could be charged on play .Baserunner scores from first base ,bunter winds up on third no outs.

Brave Decisions

August 7th, 2012
12:11 am

Thoughts on Peter Moylan http://wp.me/2lqJ1

xixifenigen

August 7th, 2012
1:01 am

Why is everybody still bashing Tommy Hanson? He’s having a down year….
That still consists of a team leading 12-5 record, and a team leading 114 ks /126 IP that is still a darn good ratio…consider CC Sabathia has 133 ks in 135 IP and there’s not much difference… Hanson’s era is 4.29 which isn’t all that bad. As a matter fact, if he averaged just a basic quality start for the whole season, 6IP with 3 ER, he would finish the season with a 4.50 ERA. His velocity is down because if you do just a little bit of research, not only is he pitching hurt but he also has swapped his 4 seam fast ball for his 2 seam fast ball this year, which will take off a few miles on velocity but gives his fastball a downward sinking action to hopefully induce more ground balls. The kid is doing this to try to mature into a more balanced, all around pitcher that will have a longer career than a strictly hard throwing fly ball pitcher. This year may be a fuzz rough due to the transition but wait til he gets the hang of it by next year. Hanson is a stud and the fact that hes having a year with a line of 12-5, 4.29 ERA and 114 Ks in just 126 IP while injured means that his career so far has everybody SPOILED! Most teams would LOVE to have those kind of numbers from a 25 year old pitcher, or any #2 pitcher in their rotation. And trust me, I’m sure if he really wanted to, he could still reach back and sling that straight 94 mph fast ball in there. But he’s getting smarter. Hanson is going to be a true blue horse #1. Maybe not as flashy as a Verlander, but there are very few pitchers like him out there. Quit bashing the kid and give him some credit. Baseball is not about how hard you throw. Hanson gives his team a good chance to win almost every time he goes out there. I love Medlen just as much as the next guy. But his true value really is in the bullpen to us more than in the rotation. And besides Hudson, Hanson has been the only other guy for a few years now that has me confident every time he starts a game. It would be in our best interest to lock him up.

Kimbrel_in_BEASTMODE

August 7th, 2012
1:28 am

xixifenigen… TL;DR

Kimbrel in BEASTMODE

August 7th, 2012
1:30 am

But in all seriousness, all of you naysayers from two months ago can suck a buncha… Well, yeah.

xixifenigen

August 7th, 2012
1:32 am

I could make a short post just to be a horses *** too but then I would be like…

lowcountrylem

August 7th, 2012
1:48 am

Any chance we can have Ben Sheets pitch every Monday game left on the schedule??? What an outstanding pick-up he’s been for the Braves!

xixifenigen

August 7th, 2012
1:50 am

That he has…I dont see how its possible with him not pitching in 2 years. Im always nervous every game he starts and everytime he proves me wrong. Even the loss he got the other night…he still pitched a good game!

Fair n Balanced

August 7th, 2012
2:18 am

Go Braves. Just don’t break our hearts……again.

BravesFan79

August 7th, 2012
5:30 am

I have a good feeling about this Braves team and their chances in the playoffs. And lets Sheets stays a Brave next season!

PaulG

August 7th, 2012
6:20 am

Good post xixfenigan….nice to see how much more rational an empiricist is over the aunt blabbys on this blog

GaryinBham

August 7th, 2012
7:32 am

What a fun year. Think of the great stories this year–Martin bounces back big, Ben Sheets, Andrelton Simmons becomes our future ss, Janish steps up, Mike Minor grows up to the MLB, Chipper says goodbye in a bigtime way, Bourn, Huddy, BMac New Daddy finds his bat, two great pickups at the deadline, lights out at save time. J-Hey and Freddie step up to their talent. Almost makes it hard to whine on the board.

In Respect

August 7th, 2012
7:34 am

Hey Braves Fan, how’d you like to kiss my rear end for a big red apple then not get it?

Jax Falcon/Dog Fan

August 7th, 2012
7:48 am

It is, given the makeup of this team, impossible to imagine a September like last year. Last year’s September Slide will be just that – a thing of the past. Chipper’s swan song, our much improved shortstop situation and Heyward’s banner year will all serve to carry us deep into the playoffs. Oh, yeah, and the improved pitching situation will be a factor, as well.

Carl Farvman

August 7th, 2012
8:06 am

“So, Heyward has an attitude problem because he doesn’t hug it out? Wow…now you’re really reaching.”

I’m not a guy hugger either; I find it awkward and uncomfortable. I avoid hgh/low fives, as well. There’s nothing less cool looking than white guys trying to high five.

a fan

August 7th, 2012
8:33 am

If JHey not hugging is a problem then give me 8 more just like him.

te29wr

August 7th, 2012
8:33 am

Glad the Braves are showing sox The sleeepwear look causes them to have more low strikes called as th umps have no reference point for the knees Big help to the big guys like Freemen, Haywood Jones I say this as I umpired for over 20 years and the real uniforms gave me a sight line and less guessing

Larry

August 7th, 2012
8:48 am

“A team now minus players like Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence played in front of 41,665 fans on Monday night, well under their 45,082 average.”

“Well under?” Seriously?

Let the Braves do a sell off and we’ll see the true definition of “well under!”

U Know Me

August 7th, 2012
8:56 am

Brian McCann is the original PHILA’ KILLA’

GulfwavesGary

August 7th, 2012
8:57 am

It’s hard to wash the memory of last years TOTAL collapse. Yes, the braves look good now, Simmons coming back Can be a real plus IF he can regain his pre-injury form but the season has some 50 games left and I can’t get last years COLLAPSE out of my mind. Ben Sheets is fantastic, Chipper Jones is hard to believe in this his final year. GO BRAVES.

CRMAC300

August 7th, 2012
9:07 am

Need to change your screen handle, Braves FAN! You ain’t one!

debvee

August 7th, 2012
9:09 am

Where are all the Phillies trolls who used to throw it in our faces on this blog that we had empty seats at Turner Field and BRAGGING that even when their team loses they sell it out? Hmmmm? Go Braves!

CRMAC300

August 7th, 2012
9:15 am

Phillies were struggling on offense before the let Victorino and Pence go. With all the money they have committed to their underachieving pitchers and the past their prime Rollins, Utley and Howard, they are going to be hard pressed to field a competitive team again until they shed some more payroll. Watch that attendance nose dive then, just like it did in Cleveland when the Indians started to suck in 2001.

Andrew

August 7th, 2012
9:16 am

Braves made phanatic cry.Boo Hoo

CRMAC300

August 7th, 2012
9:17 am

Lotta sprained ankles in Philly as those crappy fans jump off the band wagon!

Tampa Gator

August 7th, 2012
10:05 am

Braves

August 6th, 2012
10:43 pm
WHERE R ALL THE HATERS?
THATS RIGHT WE WON
ESPECIALLY BRAVES FAN IN WISC
TAMPA GATOR
PATHETIC

@Braves……

Don’t know why you included me in that hater group……I am a huge Braves fan and have been since 1966 when the Braves moved down from Wisconsin. Almost everything I post is positive about the Braves…….including my resent posts pleading for the Braves to put Medlen in the rotation……yep…I was a real “hater” with that one. I also pleaded for the Braves to bring up Simmons at the beginning of the year…..I guess that was hating as well. I have also been a big supporter of Uggla when almost everyone else wants him gone……and I love the signing of Sheets earlier and posted so. I also posted before the did it….that something was wrong with Venters and maybe he would benefit from some rest…….wrong on that one too….I guess. Please….don’t put me in the same club with BravesfaninWis….he is pure negativity……by the way…..it looks like BravesfaninWis has permantely switched to a new idenity.

Kendell Jones

August 7th, 2012
10:14 am

I didn’t get to see the whole game last evening, but what I saw was the meat of the game. Bravos played well, pitching is great, bats are coming alive, and we are winning. What else could you ask of them.

therut

August 7th, 2012
10:38 am

Once again I’m here to admit I was wrong about JHEY, and I am glad I was.

bodybuilder granny

August 7th, 2012
11:21 am

Johnny M.

August 7th, 2012
11:21 am

CR, you get a +1 for describing Heyward’s “sno-coned” catch. Well done!

Andrew

August 7th, 2012
11:24 am

@Tampa Gator Uggla is beginning to come out of it. Look out. BravesfaninWis changed his moniker to LOSER

DoninAcworth

August 7th, 2012
11:35 am

Now is the time for all good fans to join together, raise some money, and fill the stands the next time the Braves come home to play. It had to take some heart out of the Phillies to look up and not see a packed house. Sucks, Braves haven’t see one in ages!
So as our guys give their best let us fans also rise up. Go Braves!

OMG

August 7th, 2012
11:41 am

Phillie fans are just like human beings anywhere else- fanatically supportive all of the time…as long as their team’s winning.

Mike Schmididnt

August 7th, 2012
11:41 am

Anybody know a good ball washer? I have a round of golf today and they need a gentle cleaning. Looks like some of my fine Philly folk are not busy.

Andrew

August 7th, 2012
11:47 am

The Phanatic will do it with his tears.

Teddy B

August 7th, 2012
1:08 pm

It is pretty awesome to get to watch a healthy Jason Heyward kill opponents this season, I must admit. The guy is the future of the Braves and they need to lock him up to a long, long contract. With him living close to ATL I think its possible, I couldn’t see him playing for the Yankees or Texas in a couple years.

I’ve been watching him for years, and this is what I was hoping he would do all along. Sure he caught a tough break in 2011 with injuries and slumped a good bit, but its over with and in the past. Welcome to the future and it looks mighty bright.

Heyward was drafted 13th over all and honestly he’s the most talented young guy I’ve seen since a scrawny guy named Albert who used to play for the Cardinals. Bryce who? Mike Trout is having a year to remember but I’d like to see him keep it up next season after teams study him better. Heyward is where its at in terms of young talent, the cream of the crop.

Teddy B

August 7th, 2012
1:11 pm

14th overall excuse me had the number 13 on my mind lol

Teddy B

August 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

Beau Mills was 13th, imagine if Cleveland could have that pick again today… lets see a washed up bar fighter who may never see a MLB roster spot or Heyward? Tough choice. I find it hard to believe that 12 other teams passed on J-Hey, but he was coming out of High School at the time so it wasn’t a sure thing even though he played amazing in HS. I think he’d go top 5 easy if they ever decided to do the 2007 MLB draft again.

Pops

August 7th, 2012
4:25 pm

Chipper goes Yicketty. Heyward goes mambo tonite. Phillies fire Phanatic.

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