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Phillies Complete Sweep of Atlanta with Walkoff Heroics

Sep 7, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

Not only did the Phils get to one of the Braves formidable young bullpen arms in the eighth to tie the game up, but they finished in fantastic fashion with a Ross Gload pinch-hit walkoff winner in the ninth to put an exclamation point on who the NL East belongs to this season.
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Roy Oswalt looked sharp and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the bats provided just enough pop to defeat Atlanta for the third straight evening. Not only did the Phils get to one of the Braves formidable young bullpen arms, Jonny Venters, in the eighth to tie the game up, but they finished in fantastic fashion with a Ross Gload pinch-hit walkoff single in the ninth to put an exclamation point on just who the NL East belongs to this season.

[watch Gload's walkoff single here]

In a bit of bad news, Chase Utley will be evaluated after suffering what is believed to be a mild concussion as a result of being hit on the head with a 92 mph fastball. The television review showed Utley asking the ump where he got hit after the play. Certainly a strange and ominous sight. Hopefully it’s mild and Chase could be okay in a few days.

Utley did not get on the team flight to Milwaukee after the game.

[watch Utley's scary HBP in the head here]

CSN’s John Finger has much more from the team post-game, including some great quotes from Ross Gload who felt great finally making a meaningful contribution.

“I’m trying to get through the year and if I can get a couple more hits
like that it will be a completely rewarding year for me,” Gload said.
“Hopefully it starts now and it leads into September and October and
stuff like that.”

CAPTION: Sep 07, 2011; Philadelphia, PA,
USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez (29) rounds third
base on his way to scoring during the ninth inning against the Atlanta
Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Braves 3-2.
Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE