Phils Cruise to 7-1 Victory to Reach 101 Wins

Phils Cruise to 7-1 Victory to Reach 101 Wins

Oh yeah. Could that one have gone any better?

Roy Oswalt was nasty. Chase Utley homered. J-Roll homered and finished the night with 3 hits. Hunter Pence homered. Antonio Bastardo pitched a clean 1-2-3 eighth inning and was locating his pitches as well as he has in weeks. Heck, even Joe Savery threw a perfect inning making a little case to see some postseason action as a situational guy.

With the 7-1 victory the Phillies tied the franchise record of 101 wins on the season. The Phils get one chance to set a new record tomorrow in Atlanta. Set new records, damn it.

And the cherry on top tonight was Charlie Manuel tying Gene Mauch for the most wins in franchise history at 645. Charlie did it in 200+ fewer games.

Oh, and just in case you needed a reminder, the four aces were absolutely on point in their tune up games heading into the postseason. Look at these numbers:

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Todd Zolecki Halladay, Lee, Hamels and Oswalt in their final regular-season starts: 25 ip, 16 h, 3 er, 5 bb, 20 k, 1.08 ERA.
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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P