Monday, July 30, 2012
Phillies @ Braves: Game 3 Recap
What are those? Are those brooms? Why yes they are! And they are the best kind of brooms since they may have just swept Philadelphia right into the seller's bin. I feel really bad for those Philly fans that were expecting their millions of dollars in payroll to compete this year. Hahahaha, yeah right. The Braves went up 3-0 on the Phillies within the first 3 innings, and never gave up the lead all game. Hudson was in classic bend but not break form, while Halladay struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark. The end result was a Braves win and a bunch of Philly fans left scratching their heads.
We finally had a Dan Uggla sighting! Dan went 1-3 with an RBI, so the 0-for stretch is done. Let's hope he can start a hitting streak, because he'll need to string together about 20 games in a row just to get close to .250 on the year. Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones both went yard to help establish the early 3-0 lead in the game. Then Freddie Freeman came up big late in the game with a 2 run single in the seventh, after Jason Heyward got a run in on an error by the pitcher. Put it all together and you get a Braves team that scored 6 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks, and a 3-13 with RISP. It was a nice hitting effort where we could have put 10 on the Phillies if they didn't catch a few breaks.
MVP was the Old Grey Mare himself, Chipper Jones. Larry went 2-4 with 2 runs and a homer. He's 40 years old and slugging over .500 at the end of his career. David Ross joked in an interview that the only thing Chipper could do to surprise him anymore was actually retire at the end of the year. I have to agree that it's almost become normal for the fans to see a player like Chipper continually hit well on two bad knees. But it doesn't stop there. Chipper also still makes several adroit plays in the field to keep the games in check. Toss in the fact that he's a leader in and out of the clubhouse, and you get the full picture of a man that (if he could play a full 162) would be an MVP of the league, let alone the Braves.
Good news on the Simmons front is that the cast is coming off this week. That means Andrelton could be about 2 weeks away from getting back on the field, with the latest being about a month. That means we should certainly have our best SS back for a September run, where we will face a juggernaut of division matchups. Also in the good news grab-bag is that we face Miami in our next series, a team that's gone 3-7 in it's last 10, with 2 of those wins came against the dreadful Padres. Chipper said it best in his post-game interview about our home stand. He doesn't see any reason why we can't do 8-2 or 9-1 in this stand. Frankly, I don't either.