Friday, July 27, 2012

Phillies at Braves: July 27th to July 29th

Turner Field - Atlanta, GA
Friday 7:35, Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:35

Phillies 45-54, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 14 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Braves 54-44, 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 5 games behind the Nationals

Phillies Probables:  Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.23), Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.70), Roy Halladay (4-5, 4.32)
Braves Probables:  Ben Sheets (2-0, 0.00), Mike Minor (5-7, 5.49), Tim Hudson (9-4, 3.71)

At the Ballpark:  The first 10,000 fans through the turnstiles tonight at Turner Field will receive a Tim Hudson home alternate t-shirt.  On Sunday afternoon, kids will be allowed to run the bases following the completion of the crushing series sweep by the Phillies.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Carlos Ruiz - .345
Runs:  Hunter Pence - 59
Home Runs:  Hunter Pence - 17
RBIs:  Hunter Pence - 59
Stolen Bases:  Juan Pierre - 23

Wins:  Cole Hamels - 11
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 3.23
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 131
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 22

1979 Topps #504
1979 Topps Flashback:  Larry McWilliams made a brief 40-game pitstop in Philadelphia in 1989 towards the tail-end of his 13-year career.  As a starter and a reliever, McWilliams posted a 2-11 record with the Phils a 4.10 ERA before being shipped to the Royals in early September for minor league catcher Jeff Hulse.  His time with the Phillies has been memorialized with three baseball cards, all from 1989 issues - Bowman, Topps Traded and the team-issued Tastykake set.

McWilliams spent his first six seasons with the Braves, and he's credited with helping to halt Pete Rose's 44-game hit streak in 1978.  On August 1, 1978, he was the starting pitcher in the game that saw the end to the streak and his diving stop of a ball hit by Rose up the middle in the 2nd was the closest Rose came to advancing his streak that day.

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