4:10 PM ET, October 2, 2010
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
Braves fall into tie for NL wild card after shutout loss to Phillies
ATLANTA -- The Braves are running out of chances to send Bobby Cox into retirement with one more playoff appearance.Vance Worley combined with four relievers on a three-hitter and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the punchless Braves 7-0 Saturday to drop Atlanta into a tie for the NL wild-card spot.Atlanta's loss and San Diego's 4-2 win over San Francisco left the Braves and Padres tied for the wild card with one game left in the regular season.
Final day scenarios
If the Giants beat the Padres and Atlanta beats Philadelphia, San Francisco is the NL West champion and the Braves win the wild card.
If the Giants win and the Braves lose, San Diego and Atlanta tie for the wild card. There would be a one-game tiebreaker Monday in Atlanta for the wild card.
If the Padres win and the Braves lose, San Diego wins the NL West and San Francisco gets the wild card. The Braves would be eliminated. The Padres get the division title because they won the season series against the Giants.
If the Padres win and the Braves win, San Diego, San Francisco and Atlanta all finish 91-71. The Giants and Padres would play a one-game tiebreaker for the NL West title Monday night in San Diego. The loser would then go to Atlanta for a one-game playoff for the wild card on Tuesday night (the Braves would host either the Padres or Giants because Atlanta won the season series against both teams).
• Philadelphia scored all of its runs in the final 3 innings.
• Five Phillies pitchers combined for the shutout, the team's MLB-leading 21st this season and fourth against the Braves.
• The Braves have lost seven of their last 11 games but are still alive in the NL wild-card race.
• The Phillies are streaking into the postseason having won three straight and 15 of their last 18 games.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Hanson is the first Braves pitcher since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966 to post an ERA of 3.50 or better with a losing record in at least 30 starts. ... The attendance total was a regular-season record for games at Turner Field and old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The old mark was 53,953 on July 21, 2007, at Turner Field against St. Louis. ... Victorino had three hits in his return after being away from the team as his wife gave birth to a boy. ... Polanco returned after having a cortisone shot in his left elbow Wednesday in Philadelphia. ... The Phillies had 14 hits and left 17 runners on base.
Regular Season Series
|Philadelphia leads 10-8 (as of Sat 10/2)|
|Tue 4/20||@ATL 4, PHI 3||Recap|
|Wed 4/21||PHI 2, @ATL 0||Recap|
|Thu 4/22||PHI 8, @ATL 3||Recap|
|Fri 5/7||@PHI 7, ATL 0||Recap|
|Sat 5/8||ATL 4, @PHI 1||Recap|
|Sun 5/9||@PHI 5, ATL 3||Recap|
|Mon 5/31||@ATL 9, PHI 3||Recap|
|Tue 6/1||@ATL 7, PHI 3||Recap|
|Wed 6/2||@ATL 2, PHI 1||Recap|
|Mon 7/5||@PHI 3, ATL 1||Recap|
|Tue 7/6||ATL 6, @PHI 3||Recap|
|Wed 7/7||ATL 7, @PHI 5||Recap|
|Mon 9/20||@PHI 3, ATL 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/21||@PHI 5, ATL 3||Recap|
|Wed 9/22||@PHI 1, ATL 0||Recap|
|Fri 10/1||PHI 11, @ATL 5||Recap|
|» Sat 10/2||PHI 7, @ATL 0||Box Score|
|Sun 10/3||@ATL 8, PHI 7||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Phillies | Braves|
|7th||C Utley singled to right center, B Bocock scored, W Valdez to third.||1||0|
|7th||R Ibanez singled to right, W Valdez scored, C Utley to third.||2||0|
|7th||S Victorino singled to left, C Utley scored, R Ibanez to second.||3||0|
|7th||R Ibanez scored, S Victorino to third, B Schneider to second on wild pitch by C Kimbrel.||4||0|
|8th||R Ibanez singled to right, C Utley scored.||5||0|
|9th||W Valdez doubled to right, B Schneider scored, R Gload to third.||6||0|
|9th||J Mayberry walked, R Gload scored, W Valdez to third, C Utley to second.||7||0|
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|Stadium||Turner Field, Atlanta, GA|
|Attendance||54,296 (110% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||76 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jim Joyce, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jim Wolf|