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July 10 Game Recap: Phillies 14, Braves 1
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 4:41 pm ET 26 Comments

On the final day of the first half of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies routed the Atlanta Braves to put an exclamation point on what has been a remarkable first half for the National League east leading club.

After splitting the first two games of the series, the Phils came into the game with a 2.5 game lead over their division rivals, and would send Cole Hamels to the hill to clinch what has been the most meaningful series of the season for the club.

He would not disappoint, and followed up masterful performances by both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee with one of his own, a eight inning, one run performance, where he struck put six Braves en route to his 11th win of the season – the highest total at the halfway point, to date, for the lefty.

After allowing a run in the second inning to fall into an early hole, Hamels did his usual thing, and proceeded to shut down the light-hitting Braves, allowing only two baseunners the rest of the way.

The Phillies’ offense, which had scored a combined four runs between the first two games of the series, went to work on Derek Lowe in the second, when John Mayberry’s two-out double scored Domonic Brown from first to even things up at one.

They continued their assault on the Braves right-hander over the next two innings, where they strung together four hits and got RBIs from Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Jimmy Rollins to give them the lead.

It was enough, but they were far from done, as they put the game way out of reach in the late innings, thanks to a six run seventh inning, where they got RBIs from Ibanez, Domonic Brown, and Mayberry, who roped his third double of the day. Ibanez and Mayberry would add to their days in the eighth, when Raul belted his 12th home run of the season, while Mayberry earned his 4th RBI of the afternoon with an RBI groundout to cap the Phillies scoring at 14.

It’s a nice bookend to the first half of the season, one that began with a come-from-behind victory on Opening Day at the hand of the Houston Astros, so it is only fitting that they head into the All Star break on the back of a drubbing. They finish the first half with a Major League best 57-34 record, as well as the largest lead in any division – 3.5 games.

After a four day vacation that will see the Phillies send five players – Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco – to the All Star Game (though only Halladay and Lee will actually get a chance to play), the Phillies get back to the grind on July 16th, when they open up the second half of the season in New York, where they will take on the Mets for a three game set.

Cole Hamels (W, 11-4) allowed one runs on three hits in eight innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Jimmy Rollins went 3 for 4 with an RBI.

Michael Martinez went 4 for 5 with two runs.

Chase Utley went 2 for 5 with two runs.

Ryan Howard went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 5 with a homer (12) and six RBIs.

Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 4 with a double (11) and two runs.

Domonic Brown went 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

John Mayberry went 3 for 5 with three doubles (9) and four RBIs.

Uh oh…you know what that means?


In honor of this momentous occasion, here is a picture of a dog wearing a Phillies shirt. Well, look at that.

Derek Lowe (L, 5-7) allowed four earned runs on ten hits in six innings. He struck out one.

Dan Uggla went 1 for 4 with a run.


26 Responses to “July 10 Game Recap: Phillies 14, Braves 1”

  1. Colleen Wolfe's Newly Bleached Asshole says:

    A recap?!?! I just almost shit myself.

  2. Magowan says:

    I feel like a 19 year-old again! (I’m 22)

  3. 85 says:

    That dog thinks he’s people!

  4. PhilLee fan says:


    And SUCK IT, Dan Uggla.

  5. Kung Fu Fightins says:

    get wrecked

  6. Excellent to see Dash’s Game Recap back!

    Today was the perfect way to finish things off headed into the All-Star break. On pace for 101 Wins, which should be pretty easy for them to achieve, especially given their history of rolling through the second half. As long as Halladay, Hamels, and Lee can stay healthy, they should finish off the regular season with relative ease. With Lidge and Madson returning from the DL soon, the bullpen is only going to get better. And if Mayberry can be consistent, then maybe RAJ won’t need to try and acquire a bat at the deadline.

    Truly an exciting time to be a Phillies fan.

    Oh, and a huge shout-out to any fans who were at the park today. The mocking of the Tomahawk chant was the best thing I’ve seen in a long while.

  7. Don’t expect too many of these recaps, Swift. I only did this one so my benefits didn’t lapse. Someone (not gonna say who) has us hooked up with an HMO. Tsk tsk.

  8. Ehh… even if it’s not back for all the games, an occasional recap is still pretty sweet.

  9. Watrick says:

    Here’s what the Game Recap on Talking Chap had to say: “The Phillies struck it big in the seventh, when Cory Gearrin and Scott Proctor couldn’t seem to get an out and gave up six runs, all of which were credited to Gearrin. The fans in Philadelphia demonstrated exactly why they are so widely despised when they began mocking the Braves with the Tomahawk Chop during the never-ending inning.”


  10. These recaps are underrated, and I didn’t realize that until they disappeared.

  11. Danyiel says:

    Wow. Awesome game today AND an authentic Dash Treyhorn penned recap? Best day ever!

  12. aww the widdiw Braves fans feelings hurt says:

    “The fans in Philadelphia demonstrated exactly why they are so widely despised when they began mocking the Braves with the Tomahawk Chop during the never-ending inning.”

    No, not true!

    Don’t they know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…


    • Danyiel says:

      Like I said in the other thread, Braves fans getting pissed off about us mocking the chop is basically the same thing as the KKK getting pissed off at people who dress up as ghosts on Halloween. They really don’t get it.

    • Big Brown says:

      It’s a terrible analogy.

  13. phiily sux says:

    Philly will always be a joke. We will see if hey even make it there and eatch the yankees spank em up. They aint norhin and never will be. Philly.. lol a joke. Just like the whole national league.

    • Danyiel says:

      Quick, someone fetch the “Dumb Racist Redneck to English” translator, because I didn’t understand a damn word of that!

    • Big Brown says:

      Philly will always be a joke. We will see if they even make it there (the world series) and watch the yankees spank ‘em up. They arent good and never will be. Philly.. lol a joke. Just like the whole national league.

  14. DanB says:

    Tomahawk Mock was brilliant and Dan Uggla loves steroids and Ed Hardy.

  15. Impeach Chris Wheeler says:

    Had to work today and could only listen to it on the radio. Absolutely loved hearing the chop in the background. An exact opposite of how annoying it is to see when the Braves are home and the fans there start doing it.

  16. Derrick says:

    Is Larry Fuckin Bowa gonna do his mid-season report card during the All Star break?? I’ve been waiting all season for it

  17. Mike P says:

    I agree, it’s nice to see the recap again, and it’s disappointing that it won’t be a regular feature of the site anymore.

  18. Mike P says:

    Also, that dog looks eerily like some people I’ve seen at the ballpark.

  19. Dutch Thrille says:

    That dog resembles Samuel L. Jackson.

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