Game 7: Phillies (5-1) at Braves (3-4)

Ben Francisco will hit fifth tonight for the Phillies. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Atlanta isn't my favorite city in the world, but it is in the 70's so I'll take it.

The Braves enter tonight having lost three straight games to fall 2.5 games behind the Phillies in the early NL East standings.

Of course, that could change in a hurry this weekend.

The good news for the Phillies: Cliff Lee is on the mound tonight, followed by Roy Oswalt tomorrow and Cole Hamels on Sunday.

The bad news: they'll face Tim Hudson tonight and Derek Lowe on Sunday, with rookie Brandon Beachy pitching tomorrow.

One slight deviation from the norm in tonight's Phillies line-up. Ben Francisco is hitting fifth despite the fact that a righty is starting. That's probably because the Braves have a couple of talented lefties in their bullpen in Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty.

Here are the batting orders:


  1. Shane Victorino CF
  2. Placido Polanco 3B
  3. Jimmy Rollins SS
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Ben Francisco RF
  6. Raul Ibanez LF
  7. Carlos Ruiz C
  8. Wilson Valdez 2B
  9. Cliff Lee LF


  1. Martin Prado LF
  2. Nate McLouth CF
  3. Chipper Jones 3B
  4. Brian McCann C
  5. Dan Uggla 2B
  6. Jason Heyward RF
  7. Alex Gonzalez SS
  8. Freddie Freeman 1B
  9. Tim Hudson RHP

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