Phillies 5, Braves 4
Game 161 - Saturday Night, September 28th in Atlanta
Record - 73-88, Tied for 3rd Place, 22 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The bullpen pitched effectively again (until Jonathan Papelbon entered the ballgame) and the Phillies defeated the Braves, 5-4.
What It Means: The win means the Phillies will avoid a 90-loss season and a win this afternoon will give Ryne Sandberg a 21-21 record since taking over for Charlie Manuel in mid-August.
What Went Right: Five different relievers, starting with Ethan Martin, combined to allow just one run over eight innings. Luis Garcia pitched two shutout innings and earned his first Major League win. Papelbon allowed a three-run home run in the ninth, but managed to get out of a jam thanks to a fantastic defensive play from shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
Cesar Hernandez enjoyed a four hit game and Cameron Rupp started the scoring for the Phils with a two-run single in the first.
Featured Card: Rollins had two hits and scored twice in this game, but it was his diving catch to end the ballgame that reminded me that he's still very good at what he does.