Braves 7, Phillies 4
Game 84 - Friday Night, July 12th in Atlanta
Record - 37-47, 5th Place, 13 1/2 games behind the Cardinals
One Sentence Summary: The Braves scored five times in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a painful 7-5 win over the free-falling Phillies.
What It Means: If you thought the prior day's walk-off win from the Braves was tough to take, this one was even worse.
What Happened: Manager John Felske must have had little to no faith in any of his relievers other than Kent Tekulve, Don Carman and Larry Andersen. Andersen was the victim for the second night in a row, surrendering the winning three-run home run to Dale Murphy as the Braves walked it off. Felske used all three of his top relievers in the inning in an attempt to record three outs. Tekulve, who had recorded the final two outs of the eighth inning, departed in the ninth with one out and runners on second and third. Carman entered and induced a ground out that scored a run, but then walked the next batter to put Braves runners at the corners with two outs.
Andersen entered and Ramirez, who had singled off him in the prior game, singled again to tie this game at 4-4. Murphy then hit his blast for the win.
Shane Rawley pitched well in his start, allowing two runs (one earned) and four hits in 7 1/3 innings. The Phillies scored their four runs off Braves starter Steve Bedrosian, with Ozzie Virgil connecting for a two-run single in the fourth that would give the Phillies a 3-2 lead.
Featured Card: Murphy would join the Phillies five years and a few weeks after this game when he was acquired with Tommy Greene for Jeff Parrett, Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario on August 3, 1990.
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