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Friday, May 13, 2011

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Welcome back, Chooch!

(and thanks JW for a Phils shot in the header of the Game Thread; this already feels like a win)

I'm not worried about Chooch. He will start hitting.

LETS DO THIS!!

I'm not sure we can expect Chooch to just jump in and start hitting - But we can always hope.

I think as much as "Ruiz hoping to reignite bottom of lineup" may be true, it is equally true that Phillies fans are hoping he'll provide a spark.

It's a good night for a win with Cole on the mound. Go Phillies!

"I'm not worried about Chooch. He will start hitting."

And, if he doesn't, we've got highly capable backups in Schneider and Sardinha.

I'm strapping in for an endless barrage of discussion about run differential and win-loss record for the next 5 hours or so, coupled with cleverly placed sarcastic comments containing the word "scary."

Dumb luck brought Britton his out pitch

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AlzyqG74XZJVe4t160iXnPE5nYcB?slug=jp-passan_zach_britton_sinker_rookie_ace_orioles_051211

Cool article on Britton on the O's and how rare it is to have a LHP who relies upon a sinker as his out pitch.

BAP, Tuffy never even stood a chance this season, did he? :(

Rain Rain stay away,plz let our phillies play!!

Pedro Feliz is back in the big time!

Signs deal with Camden Riversharks. I'm guess Camden had a lefty/righty platoon that would have done better had they stood pat.

I saw a few days ago that Lackey has been pitching poorly and sounds distracted by his wife's cancer - It was all news to me. How sad.

And I just saw this, again in the sidebar for HardballTalk (which is also where I noticed the Lackey story):

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Harmon Killebrew: “My battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end”
Aaron Gleeman May 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT
21 Comments

Hall of Famer and Twins great Harmon Killebrew has entered into hospice care following unsuccessful treatments for esophageal cancer and issued a very sad and equally brave statement:

It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end. With the continued love and support of my wife, Nita, I have exhausted all options with respect to controlling this awful disease. My illness has progressed beyond my doctors’ expectation of cure.

I have spent the past decade of my life promoting hospice care and educating people on its benefits. I am very comfortable taking this next step and experiencing the compassionate care that hospice provides. I am comforted by the fact that I am surrounded by my family and friends. I thank you for the outpouring of concern, prayers and encouragement that you have shown me. I look forward to spending my final days in comfort and peace with Nita by my side.

Damn.

Devastating news, especially since the initial reports about his treatment were so encouraging months ago. Killebrew is one of the greatest power hitters in baseball history, ranking fifth all time with 573 homers when he retired in 1975, but is also universally regarded as one of the nicest superstars of all time and is beloved by Twins fans and Minnesotans. Here’s hoping he finds some peace in his final days.

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Amen to that.

Sad news on Killebrew.


Lackey has had a really rough go of things lately. Hopefully all his off the field stuff works out well and he is able to focus on pitching again.

Cancer is a vicious and inexorable foe. I've lost my father and my aunt to it, and my stepdad has been nearly incapacitated after his battle with cancer.

My heart goes out to the Killebrew and Lackey families.

WP: I'll go out on a limb: Tuffy will play for the Phillies at some point in 2012.

There was a fangraphs article on the Lackey situation that was published yesterday or today...some of the comments made make you wonder about humanity sometimes.

Marlins out to a 3-0 lead over the Nats in the first.

Welcome back Chooooch!!!

Let's go Phils!!

At least the Phils can get out of Miami and those incredibly sparse crowds...

NEPP, agreed.

Anyone know if the Play Station network is up and running for the mlb.tv app yet?

Come on, Big Piece!

15 games for vic....

41 more to go...

If the first inning is any indication, this offense seems to function much better with Carlos Ruiz in it.

Contract! Bandbox!

Kabooooom!!!

Big Piece

Brandon Beachy may be a great pitcher, but he just threw an absolute meatball.

Run Differential!

All the Howard haters back off

It's like old-time Phillies baseball! Way to come up big, Big Piece! Kudos to Vic & Polly, too.

Cole - They got you some runs!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the lineup is supposed to work.

Big Piece!!!

This kid Beachy is good

When did hitting season begin? I forgot to flip my calendar.

BIG PIECE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holy cow, do the Braves have somebody up in the bullpen? Beachy does not seem to have it tonight...

I like this Beachy kid.

I hope they can get another run or two out of this inning. They have Beachy on the ropes, and hopefully they can land the knockout blow.

Man, this Beachy fellow stinks. Even Ibañez has a Hit.

MAN I HOPE THE RAIN STAYS AWAY!

What's Beachy's pitch count at?

Ruiz already getting the respect he deserves. Too bad Cole has a better OPS than Ruiz so far this year.

Andrew: he's over 30, before the IBB

Welcome back, Chooch. Now take your base.

Good eye, Chooch!

Please, please, please someone fire Wheeler and TMac.

They grate on my soul.

Beachy's at 36 pitches after that IBB.

They're walking Chooch to get to the Phillies' best hitter.

That's unfortunate. They could have essentially put this game away with a few more runs.

When's the last time Cole had a 3 run lead to work with? He won't know what to do.

Cole swings a bat before he pitches. Hot start Phils.

Move yer damn feet, Prado!

What a wonderful top half of the inning.

TheGoodPhight (via Twitter): "Howard hits so many home runs because of that bandbox in Philadelphia."

word.

Corey Seidman (via Twitter): "Ryan Howard, career: 128 HR at home, 134 homers on the road."

SAID.

no hd feed for phl17 tonight? wtf

That was an odd throw.

Damnit.

What the hell was that? That was hilarious...

C'mon, Phils. No more sloppy defense.

Wow, Hamels imploding.

Damn. That sucks.

One of those games?

Chipper's just a Phillies killer, no two ways about it.

Braves' announcers talking about Ibanez having no arm in left.

It's pretty common for the second baseman to cover first on bunt plays. Between that and the fact that he rushed himself, it looked like was throwing to Orr. Unfortunately Orr was only backing up the play, not covering first.

Be a good time for a K.

Series finale of "smallville" instead of the hd feed of phillies game tonight =(

how that show lasted 10 years or whatever is beyond me

Uggla putting together a good at bat.

Huge K there.

Hamels throwing a lot of curves tonight.

Great job by Cole there.

That's better Cole.

Freddie free pull a chair like that overrated
Ugly

SIT DOWN MEAT!

Jimmy's a flyout to CF away from the cycle.

Beachy already at 54 pitches. Get a hit here, and he probably doesn't even go 5 tonight.

If this game follows the usual script, they'll still be at 3 runs by the time the 9th inning rolls around.

Hopefully we will have held the Braves to 1 run too and Madson is getting his 6th Save.

Lost your bat, Alex.

If this game follows the usual script, they'll still be at 3 runs by the time the 9th inning rolls around.

Posted by: (The glass is always half full) bay_area_phan

Hamels has settled in nicely.

Did Beachy hurt himself swinging the bat?

Who's injured?

pitcher...

I think someone forgot to unscramble the letters in this guy's first name.

ben francisco + plate discipline would = a .300 hitter

That's our 5-6-7 hitters, folks!

That was brutal...and fairly predictable. This is where random reliever gives the opposition a yeoman's effort of 3 scoreless innings to keep his club in the game.

Yep, it's starting to look like a typical Phillies game. A few quick runs, followed by a hideously squandered opportunity, followed by 8 innings of sheer haplessness.

Here's an idea--let's keep throwing high fastballs to Prado.

Utley is 1 for 3 with a single so far in Clearwater.

Man, if Hamels can make that curve more than a show me pitch, watch out.

Nice! Ruiz looked pretty healthy on that throw.

Yay, Chooch!

Awesome DP. Good stuff!

Another strike 'em out, throw 'em out DP!

That was nice.

BAP, I thought the typical Phillies game is when they don't score at all. I'm confused.

Welcome back, Chooch.

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