If the weather holds, Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 4.44 ERA) and Ian Snell (7-8, 3.82 ERA) finish out the weekend set at Citizens Bank Park today at 1:35 p.m.
Chris Coste’s three-run homer highlighted an eighth-run fifth inning as the Phillies earned the win over the Pirates 10-5 last night. The eight-run outburst bailed out J.D. Durbin (3-2), who did not pitch well, but still came away with the victory. Tadahito Iguchi made his Phillies debut and went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI. Brett Myers pitched a perfect ninth in his first appearance since returning from the DL.
I had the honor of attending the game as an invited guest of long-time reader Michael Noonan, who has just returned from Iraq. Noonan was deployed in June of last year, but managed to keep up with the Phillies by reading Beerleaguer and other blogs, specifically Tom Goyne’s Balls, Sticks & Stuff; Tom was also a guest. Noonan, who goes by the handle “MPN,” rented a Hall of Fame club box for friends and family as a way to celebrate his return home. He said Beerleaguer, and the lively discussion in our threads, was a big moral booster during his deployment.
Welcome home, Michael. It was an honor to meet you.