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Atlanta in Flames: Phillies sweep season series in Atlanta

His second save of the series much less dramatic than his first, Brad Lidge closed out a 4-3 victory for the Philadelphia Phillies with a three up, three down 9th on Thursday night.  Pat Burrell came up really big with a 2 run 6th inning home run.

Cole Hamels battled but didn't look sharp.  His pitches were elevated all night and he gave up a lot of baserunners, at least for him.  Hopefully it was just an off night, and not the Verducci Effect taking hold.


The playoff picture, as it currently stands:

The Milwaukee Brewers suffered a heartbreaking defeat today, blowing a four run lead in the 9th with two outs, giving up four runs to allow the Chicago Cubs to tie a game they went on to win 7-6 in 13 innings.  If the Brewers weren't our direct playoff competition, I'd kind of feel sorry for them.  As it is, I say w00t!!!  The Brewers now sit two games behind the Phillies in the standings, and 1 1/2 games behind the Wild Card leading Mets.

As I type this, the New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 7-2 behind Johan Santana.  The Phillies remain a half game ahead of the Mets.