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Sunday, August 25, 2013

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18 walks is hard to happen, 18 innings or not.

I watched the better part of the game from the POPE in S Phila. It was fun. The bar, or at least my gang, got into the game. It really made you appreciate how great baseball is. the game meant little if anything in the big picture but it was endlessly entertaining. The Phillies had numerous chances to win. They should have. Even Casper pitched well for a moment. He got two outs if i recall but fell apart after that.
All the same, good job Phills. Good effort. keep it going.

Sunday's game could be very ugly. They pretty much need Halladay to miraculously pitch a complete game for it not to be.

Casper Wells just doesn't belong in the majors.
I am really surprised they are using doc, i mean there wasn't another arm they could have sacrificed tomorrow?

After that bearded Cy Young clone Chaz Bono, or whatever his name was, shut the door in the 12th, I went to sleep. Seeing that was the right choice.

Can't believe that game lasted until 3:45! I gave up and went to bed as the 14th ended, with a reporter's hilarious Tweet: "Son of a".

So I missed Wells & MacDonald pitching.

Should be an adventure today with Doc starting, some minor league long man, and an otherwise depleted BP. Sounds like a loss. Doc will probably go 4 innings and give up 6 runs. Phillies will probably fail to score. Dom-less is not good.

Question. Been wondering since early last night why Martin didn't stay in to keep sucking, since the game doesn't matter for us. Is it because the games do matter to Sandberg? To keep up morale? To not embarrass Martin/protect his psyche?

Casper Wells is actively hurting this team.

Stayed until the Dbacks scored 5 off Wells. Wells good choice to come in, he hits like a pitcher. Biggest mistake was not bunting Cloyd to third after the double with Chooch. Even though they would have probably walked Ruf and Asche to load bases still the best play there.

On the bright side, Ryne managed to work all the proper substitutions to keep an NL game going all those hours. Charlie would have run out earlier.

Went to bed in the 14th. I commend those who stayed up for the whole thing. While it is true that the Phillies had numerous chances to win, I thought Arizona was going to take the lead in the 12th and 13th, so both teams had their shots.

I know the team needs arms right now, but being sent down after being an emergency fill-in seems a poor reward for Cloud.

I was at the game. Beautiful night. Strangely the pitching was bad but good and there was clutch hitting like Ruf's homer to tie the game and yet both teams left tons of men on base. When they brought in Cloyd, we were wondering who would pitch today. Never did I think it would be Halladay. Game was entertaining and the remaining fans were great. I can't recall ever seeing so many walks though from both teams.

I stayed up through it all, and sometimes you just can't catch a break. While there were several instances in which the Phils shot themselves in the foot with the bases loaded, I think the biggest heartbreak was after Cloyd's freak double seeing Chooch and Ruf both kill the ball and it just happen to be right at an outfielder. As at that point it seemed like the Baseball Gods simply didn't want the Phils to win.

"I stayed up through it all, and sometimes you just can't catch a break. While there were several instances in which the Phils shot themselves in the foot with the bases loaded, I think the biggest heartbreak was after Cloyd's freak double seeing Chooch and Ruf both kill the ball and it just happen to be right at an outfielder. As at that point it seemed like the Baseball Gods simply didn't want the Phils to win."

Definitely. You were on the edge of your seat every inning thinking "this is it! Utley coming up with men on base" or , Ruiz will crush this one. Never happened but it was still exciting. Too bad they had to lose and I never got the feeling that they just wanted the game to end. I noticed more camaraderie in the dugout with players hanging on the railing well into the game. Nice to see that.

Corbin is going to carve this team up.

i hope DOM plays.

I posted this early this morning, but it bears reposting. Casper Wells had one of the absolute worst nights you'll ever see a player have. His line(s) for the game:

0-7, BB, 4 K, 7 LOB

0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 ER, 0 K, 67.51 ERA

And he took the Loss.

It reminds me of Buck Mitchell's awful game from "The Simpsons" --

"Job himself never had a tougher day at the ballpark than Buck Mitchell. He's made six errors, struck out twice & swallowed a bee!"

Corbin has like a 20% chance of throwing a no-hitter today. He needs to recognize the opportunity in front of him.

I went to bed when it was 9 to 7, missing seeing our shortstop pitch. One advantage that the Phils will have today is that the D-Bags will be tired, too.

Going with Halladay the day after an 18-inning bullpen game should work out well. Because I'm sure his first start in three and a half months will be at least 8 IP.

Jack: I eagerly await Halladay's arm falling off -- as in literally detaching from his body & crashing to the ground -- & Doc insisting afterward that he feels great, & will be ready to pitch again in 5 days. A decision r00b & Dubee will, of course, leave up to their employee.

Gtown, if that happens, he can pitch left-handed. He DOES have two arms, you know!

Probably kills Chooch not to be catching Doc today, but you simply cannot ask the man to catch a day game after an eighteen inning marathon.

Seeing has how Doc loves d00bee, he'd go without a right arm if instructed to do so.

@ToddZolecki: The Phillies have activated RHP Roy Halladay from the 60-day DL and selected the contract of RHP J.C. Ramirez from Lehigh Valley (AAA).

Yikes, no love for robles

Chris Branch ‏@ChrisBranchTNJ 1m
That was the plan, but don't see anyone new/nothing's been announced. RT @philliesfan1000: @me Did they bring up a long reliever?

I imagine Doc's start will look like Martin's did last night; except Doc will be left in to finish the inning and then some. I figure they'll pull him around 90 pitches, which will probably take 4 innings.

Oh, good, CS, you got more current info than I did.

I can't imagine why they have no love for a relief pitcher (Robles) whose walk per 9 inning ratio exceeds his strikeouts per 9 inning ratio.

Or, a simpler way of saying what I just said: a guy whose K/BB ratio is below 1.00 (and well below 1.00, at that).

Martin, due to pitching less than an inning, should be available in the bullpen tomrrow right?

Why dont you bunt with a runner on 2nd and 0 outs again?

Intrigued to watch Halladay pitch but if this organization literally hadn't run out of starters to bring up, Halladay would be having another rehab start or two.

Didn't actually look at his stats, just figured he's the last on the 40man not o get a chance.

Steve: Just another example of Charlie's shortcomings as a manager.

Wait, what??

Didn't see Ryne do anything with regard to strategy that Charlie wouldn't have done. Still playing for the 3 run homer. How do guys like Wells and McDonald stay in MLB? Can't hit, can't pitch! at least the Phil's seem to be playing with a little more emotion?

Bernadina
Rollins
Young
Kratz
Ruf
Asche
Frandsen
Mayberry
Halladay

I don't think it matters how Halladay pitches today with this lineup...

Erik Kratz, Clean-Up Hitter: The Story of the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies

Beautiful day, brutal lineup.

I can't imagine why they have no love for a relief pitcher (Robles) whose walk per 9 inning ratio exceeds his strikeouts per 9 inning ratio.

I'm legitimately confused, & I'm sure Robles is as well. Fewer strikeouts & more BBs appear to be the organizational standard for relief pitchers.

In what kind of strange, bizarro world does Eric Kratz hit ahead of Darin Ruf, and how in the name of all that is good and decent did I end up here? Ruf still profiles as the archetypical clean-up bat in this world, right? ...right?

I think it's hilarious that Cloyd was batting cleanup last night. But in a game like that, anything can happen (my favorite was Oswalt in the OF). I think I remember a game long ago v. the Yankees when the Royals ended up using catcher John Wathan as a pitcher (he was probably back-up catcher to Darrell Porter at the time - it was a loooong time ago).

Why is Sandberg absolutely allergic to hitting the guy with the .551 slugging percentage in the cleanup spot?

Managers may come and go, but head-scratching decisions remain.

I guess you can't bat a guy who was buried in the minors behind Delmon/Mayberry at cleanup.

Maybe Ruf's a real a**hole when it's not game time. Otherwise I can't think of any reason why the Phillies as a club appear so continually reluctant to believe he might have something positive to offer, while getting all excited over mediocre-to-piss-poor players such as D. Young & Mayberry & Bernadina & Wells & Martinez ...

I know it's been pointed out by a few posters here, but I was screaming at the TV last night when Sandberg didn't have Chooch bunting after that double by Cloyd. How stupid is that guy?

I have to say that I hope he gets fired and replaced after the season. I was hoping Sandberg would have at least reasonable intelligence. But it seems not. And I was rooting for the guy to be an improvement.

And currently, Casper Wells' ERA with the Phillies is higher than his batting average. Isn't that the definition of a guy who should be DFA'd? And shouldn't Rollins be rested today for McDonald?

I really don't understand what gives with this team.

More Baseball! ==>

The Legend of Darin Ruf gets another verse.

Er, Legend of Babe Ruf. And for all of the mockery, that brutal lineup's managed to put up four runs in the first inning against someone who's supposed to be having a Cy Young-caliber season. Maybe Sandberg's crazy like a fox.

Or we're well into blind squirrel and broken clock territory. Doesn't matter! This has been a refreshing start.

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