What a week it’s been for the Phillies.
First, the team swept the Padres mostly due to Reid Brignac’s clutch hitting. Here’s his walk-off blast last Wednesday:
Brignac would line a double into left-center on Thursday that plated two runners and broke the 3-3 tie en route to a 7-3 Phillies victory.
The weekend series against the Cubs brought much excitement as the three-game sweep/winning streak was the first time the Phillies had won even two-in-a-row since the middle of May. Unfortunately, the Phillies would drop Friday and Sunday’s contests but they were able to win Saturday thanks to a record-breaking performance. (I couldn’t find an embed-able video…) Jimmy Rollins hit his 2235th hit as a Phillies Saturday afternoon to pass Mike Schmidt for number one on the franchise’s all-time list. Matty D was there to cover it:
Rollins breaking the record has sparked debates about whether or not he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Obviously as a Philadelphia-native, I’d be very biased at my opinion, but Rollins means a lot to the Phillies and those NL East titles.
Philadelphia Phillies (29-38) @ Atlanta Braves (36-32)
Monday at 7:10 ET: Cole Hamels (2-3) vs. Julio Teheren (6-4)
Tuesday at 7:10 ET: Kyle Kendrick (2-6) vs. Ervin Santana (5-3)
Wednesday at 12:10 ET: Roberto Hernandez (2-5) vs. Aaron Herang (5-5)
The Phils head to Turner Field for the first time this season. These two teams are meeting for their second series of the season–the first was back in the middle of April with the Braves taking two of three at Citizens Bank Park. Monday’s game is set to be a pitcher’s duel as Cole Hamels has allowed just one run in his last starts and Juilo Teheren posts a 2.41 ERA, 4th-lowest in the National League. Even with his previous start being subpar (7 ER in 6.1 IP), Teheren will be tough to hit as he only allowed three hits while posting his first shutout against the Phils back in April.
Kendrick and Hernandez will have their work cut out for them as well. Ervin Santana and Aaron Herang are both crafty vets who are pitching well this year, the bats will need to be awake. Simply put, they’ll need at least five runs per game to pull off the very unlikely sweep.
Team Notes: Chase Utley leads the Pirates’ Neil Walker by almost 700,000 votes amongst NL Second Basemen for the All-Star Game. Tony Gwynn, Jr. has been placed on the bereavement list after the passing of his father this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gwynns.