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Singles club: Phillies 4, Braves 1

The Phillies and Braves hit all the singles tonight.

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Tonight's 4-1 win against the Braves was oddly lifeless. Even though it was Carlos Ruiz's 1000th career game and Ken Giles' first home appearance as closer, everything seemed oddly muted. Scoring runs and winning the game didn't seem to make anyone feel better.

Maybe it's because of all the singles. So very many singles. There were 24 total hits in tonight's game between both the Phillies and the Braves, and only 1 extra base hit. And that extra base hit was a Domonic Brown home run, his first of the season and his first since September 16. 2014.

This calls for a celebration! Other causes for merriment: Aaron Harang pitched five innings of one-run ball, and after nine straight losses he has his first win since May 14. I hope he's relieved -- I know I am. Mostly because this was his first start off the DL and he didn't made a stop in the minors for a rehab assignment. So tonight worked out so much better than I thought it would.

Carlos Ruiz had a special night.

And on top of that, he gave the Phillies the lead with this perfectly placed hit.

There was one thing that got the crowd excited: Ken Giles. Tonight was his first home appearance as closer, and he absolutely knew it. Until he stepped out onto the field, his closer music was a secret. BUT NO MORE.


OK, stay with me for a minute here. Close your eyes and click the play button. Imagine Citizens Bank Park filled to the bursting point with fans in Phillies gear waving rally towels. This music starts and the crowd erupts as Ken Giles walks jogs out to the mound. DOESN'T THAT SOUND REALLY COOL!? I mean, my adrenaline is up listening to that song. And I *think* Ken's adrenaline may have been pumping as well.

Oh my god I love him.

So here's an odd thing: Jake Diekman actually suited up for tonight's game and was in the bullpen, at least for awhile. With the Rangers trade not finalized yet, Diekman is still technically a Phillie. So why not put him to work?

Awh. Goodbye, Jake. I'll miss you.

The Phillies are 10-2 in their last 12 games. Cole Hamels is gone. It's a little tough to figure out how to feel right now.