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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 7, 2011, 5:51 AM EST

Battlestar Galactica

Braves 9, Rockies 1: How Jair Jurrjens continues to win — this was his 12th win — and win impressively without striking out a crap ton of dudes is one of the more interesting little things going on so far this year. How the Braves might do if they continue to score some runs to go with that pitching staff could be one of the more interesting little things that could go on going forward. What’s more interesting is the reason I didn’t watch this one: I started watching “Battlestar Galactica” on Netflix last night.  I got through all three hours of the opening miniseries and now I have 74 (or thereabouts) episodes to watch while on the treadmill in the morning.  That should pretty much guarantee that I drop Cylon references and the word “frak” in every other ATH for the next two or three of months, so like, be warned.

Reds 9, Cardinals 8: A long game — 13 innings and over four hours of playing time — thanks in part to the Reds blowing an eight run lead they held in the fifth inning. Pujols was 1 for 6 in his return from his arm being severed by Count Dooku or whatever the hell happened to him.

Mets 5, Dodgers 3: Fourth win in a row for the Mets.  I understand that my cohort Aaron Gleeman, along with many other members of the SABR Convention crew, were at this game.  Now that I know that they have willingly given money to Frank McCourt, however, they’re all pretty much dead to me. Sorry guys.

Astros 8, Pirates 2: See, the Pirates have to lose occasionally, lest all of us national people run out of things to say about them other than “golly gee, how neat it is that the Pirates are winning!”  Now we actually have to consider them like they’re a regular baseball team or something and not some novelty.  I’ll start doing that tomorrow. I still have a few more golly gees in my system.

Indians 5, Yankees 3:  Justin Masterson had eight scoreless innings before the Tribe bullpen decided to make it interesting. Didn’t matter though. And Jetes got a hit. Here’s hoping he gets to 3,000 on Friday night when I’m out having dinner and drinks with my wife and a friend of ours from out of town, because if that happens it’s D.J.’s task to write up the big “3,000th hit” post.

Nationals 5, Cubs 4: The first eight runs of the game came on homers. The last and deciding run of the game came on a suicide squeeze by Wilson Ramos with Mike Morse running.  There is something glorious about all of that. It’s like, “we go all the way or we frakkin’ forget it. None of this in-between stuff for us!”

Marlins 7, Phillies 6: Mike Stanton with the walkoff bomb in the 10th. Charlie Manuel violated a pretty hard and fast baseball rule here: “never call on sucky, awful relievers like Danys Baez on the road in an extra inning game.” Controversial, sure, because a game can be blown at any time, not just when you have a lead to protect, but it’s unwritten, plain as day, in the unwritten rule book.

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4: Rickey Romero got roughed up for six runs on nine hits in four and a third. Three knocked in for Ellsbury.

Athletics 2, Mariners 0: Guillermo Moscoso with seven two-hit shutout innings and Scott Sizemore with all of the offense for the A’s. Another home run for him. I guess the AL West just agrees with him. Maybe it’s those 2:12 games. They help sharpen the senses or something.

Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 1: Casey McGehee hit a three-run pinch hit homer. After the game, the slumping McGehee said “It definitely felt like a huge weight being lifted off my shoulder.”  The fact that my first thought upon reading that was “yeah, but if you go back to sucking tomorrow, it’s gonna feel like the cruel fates have thrown that weight back on your shoulder with some extra pounds added on to taunt you” is why I never really meshed well with teammates during my youthful forays into competitive sports.  Having pessimists around just really kills team chemistry.

Tigers 5, Angels 4: Detroit fought back from a 3-0 hole in order to avert the sweep. In other news, Joe West worked the plate and no one was ejected.

Royals 4, White Sox 1: Bruce Chen was effective and Edwin Jackson turned in one of his patented 122-pitch blah-bombs, which those of us who happen to watch a lot of AL Central games have grown used to over the past few years. When he’s on he’s electric. When he’s not, there aren’t a lot of pitchers who are harder to watch.

Rays 12, Twins 5: Three hits and four RBI for Evan Longoria. He’s been slumping, but he has some perspective about it all: “There’s nothing I can really do to control the outcome of a ball put in play.”  Hey Evan, Voros McCracken, my personal human shield when I’m in the greater Phoenix area, called and he says you’re stealing his bit.

Rangers 13, Orioles 5: That was a bloodbath. And it was 100 degrees in Arlington at game time too. Gonna go out on a limb here and say that those two things combined for this being the Orioles’ least-pleasant game all year.

Giants 6, Padres 5: A big night on a long night for Nate Schierholtz, who led off the bottom of the 14th with a walkoff homer. This went with his two-run homer in the fourth inning. Being such a long game and taking place on the west coast, I assume this ended, like, ten minutes ago.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    Good morning all,

    Before getting to my Phillies comment, just wanted to thank Craig for allowing me to comment on this great board again. I agreed to keep the conversation to baseball, not insult anyone for their opinions and keep my comments clean. Seems like a good deal to me. I missed conversing with the good Phils fans on this site.

    Now, onto the Phils. I could get upset like I usually do after a Phils loss. I could get upset at Dom the Bomb’s fielding and running mistakes or the ineffectiveness of one Dannys Baez. Or, perhaps the inability of this team’s failure to sweep a team in the last (4) series. This is not what upsets me. What upsets me is Kyle Kendrick and what he said after the game. He said he was upset after being pulled from the game. Really, Kyle? Why? Because you threw only 81 pitches and had at that point only let up 3 runs? Or could it be that the Marlins were hitting the outs that you threw like cannons out of a howitzer?

    If you recall a week and a half ago, Kendrick was spotted before a Sunday afternoon game having a heated exchange with pitching coach Rich Dubee. It’s eveident to me that Kyle is not being a team guy at this point. Could he be shipped at the trading dealine, especially with Fat Joe coming off the DL? Seems possible to me.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:53 AM

      Welcome back ‘Bicepts. I think we all saw the weakness of the Phillies last night…at least until some of the back end bullpen arms come back. Usually it gets masked because the starters go at least 7 and hand the ball of to Stutes and Bastardo, who are competent and reliable. However, when you can knock the starter out after 5 they are forced to bring in guys who aren’t big league pitchers. Carpenter has shown repeatedly that he is terrible. Oh, and I was wrong about Herndon. He is terrible too. I couldn’t believe that Charlie left Carpenter in to pitch to the top of the Marlins line-up in the 7th. I really thought that he would bring Stutes in for 2 innings. At the very least, I thought he would bring in Baez. Not that Baez is good, but he is more capable than Carpenter and has some experience. There was absolutely no way that Carpenter could get through that unscathed. Luckily it is not a permanent problem with the impending return of Madson, Lidge, and eventually Contreas.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:04 AM

        Good Doctor,

        Yeah, just a terrible game all the way around. Dom Brown really cost that game for us with his glove and errant baserunning. Carpenter isn’t really good either.

        Braves are only 3 games behind now. A nightmare for the Phillies, especially with the Phils playing them this weekend.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:12 AM

        The misplay in right was bad, but he did hit second. It was a blown call. I don’t think Mayberry hits a HR if the triple stands anyway. Braves are an excellent team and are playing great. However, we miss JJ who we never hit and send are best 3 to the mound. Unless a game is out of hand, we won’t see the Carpenters, Herndons, Baezs, and Mattiesons of the world. I think the Phillies will take 2 of 3. Finally I am seeing signs of a more consistent offense.

      • Phillies Homer - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:16 AM

        Dom Brown’s errant baserunning? Wasn’t it a blown call that he was called out for not touching the 2nd base bag, when in fact he did? I was a little ways away from the TV so I couldn’t see the replays myself. But, sounded like the announcers were upset at the call.

        Unless he had another baserunning gaffe… like Chase Utley had in the top of the 1st.

        But, the defense had a few gaffes of their own. Take away those errors and this game doesn’t go into extras.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:24 AM

        I just watched the reply again. Dom Brown jumped over the bag at 2nd base. He did not touch it and knew it. That’s why he didn’t ague the call. He even stated that he missed the bag after the game.

        Bad baserunning mistake.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:26 AM

        The call at 2nd was blown by that umpire who was terrible for both sides this series. However, I see what ‘Biceps is saying…Brown wasn’t smooth around the bag and barely clipped the corner with his back heel. While the ump blew the call, Brown allowed the mistake to happen with awkward base running. However, I have come to accept Brown’s awkwardness. It works for him. Needs to get better defensively though. I see it as a repetition thing rather than a just can’t do it thing.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:34 AM

        Brown is very awkward to watch play. I still don’t know what kind of player we have there. I need to see him for the rest of the year before I know what we have with him. Is he a .300/25hr/100rbi guy or a .220/10hr/50rbi guy? I guess we have to remain patient with the kid.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:41 AM

        I see Brown as a left handed Hunter Pence. I don’t think he will ever be a smooth operator in right field but he can become decent enough. He has gotten significantly better at the plate and generally has decent plate discipline. He is a bit of a sucker for the high fastball still and turns over outside pitches a bit too much, but is starting to learn how to go the other way. Also, I noticed that he moved his hands down a bit which will obviously help in getting the bat through the zone quicker. Anyway, I think he will be an excellent player for years to come.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:01 AM

        Welcome back R.P. McMurphy…glad to see Nurse Ratched allowed you back onto our wing. As long as you don’t sneak in any girls or alcohol, everything should be just fine.

        Regarding last night’s game…there is no way in hell Uncle Cholly should have removed KK after 5 innings and 1 Earned Run. It pains me to say they should have stuck with KK, as much as I can’t stand him…but David Herndon is not a Major League pitcher and he showed it…7 pitches and 2 runs. Ridiculous. ESPECIALLY after Mayberry hits the bomb to make it 6-3. You HAVE to let KK bat there and get another inning or two out of him to get to Stutes/Bastid.

        Nothing to worry about though…this weekend will be when the Phillies create some distance between themselves and the Braves as they will not see Hudson or Jurrgens. Lowe, Beachy, and Hanson…smells like 2 out of 3 to me.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:27 AM

        Back from the “shock shop” so soon ? LOL. Be good or you’ll have your prefrontal cortex unplugged.

      • seanmk - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM

        Dom missed second base and admitted it after the game. nothing to see here, the marlins thought he missed and were proven correct. bad game by dom, whatever it happens to everyone

      • spudchukar - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:42 AM

        Juicyfruit.

    • philly56 - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      Halladay, Lee, and Hamels will put the Braves a couple games back this weekend – and Kendrick, Herndon, and Baez won’t need to go anywhere near the mound. The doc has been straight up awesome against the NL east, Lee rarely has two “rough” outings in a row and just destroyed June, and Hamels has been fantastic so far this year. On top of that, the Phils offense has been consistently getting hits and they’re not even facing Jair or that other guy this weekend in Philly.

      Also, I wouldn’t expect them to be more than 3-4 games back for the rest of the season. They were on the Phils heels most of the 2010 (when they weren’t in 1st place) and it’s taken them a while but here they are again.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM

        On July 21st last year, the Phillies were 2 games over .500 and 7 games behind the Braves. Their rotation was Doc And Cole and Scrub, Scrub, Scrub. This year, they are 22 games over .500, 3 games ahead in the division, and the rotation is Doc and Lee and Cole and Worley and Scrub. I have no worries at all about the division. Now, once the NLCS starts, I’ll be biting my nails. Until then, nothing to fear.

    • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      Thumbs up to Craig on this one. I wasn’t too surprised to see the Fightins lose last night. Kendrick is always a coin flip. I’m not too worried about the Braves this weekend. Should just help the Phils lengthen their lead in the division. I’m still watching to see the Phils get Heath Bell by the way. Would be a good pick up if they don’t think they’ll be able to lock up Madsen, and it’s fairly obvious that Lidge isn’t gonna be who he used to be.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    I just don’t understand the Yanks fascination with Sergio Mitre- I just don’t. It was bad enough that fans had to witness his below-mediocre pitching skills the first time- but then they have to bring him back for a second showing? Is Cashman a masochist? Did they get their film mixed up and thought they were getting someone else? Both times he has pitched since coming back he has given up runs.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:53 AM

      Only justification I can see is the problem between peripherals and results. He has a really high GB rate as well as a decent K rate. Problem is he seems unable to get a K when needed or a double play grounder.

      Either that or he has naked pictures of Cashman because there are plenty of guys in the minors who can do just as bad, if not better, than Mitre.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        He just can’t seem to come in and not give up runs. Why you bring him into a 3-0 game in the 8th inning is beyond me. As soon as I saw him, I knew he was going to give up at least two and then we would score some the next, but come up short because he put us in too much of a hole.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Looks like the Iron Giant cleared the webbing off his eyes last night. One of those laser shots that made the blue seats so fast that the announcers didn’t have time to finish the call before it was rattling around amid the ghosts of fans past. Displaced from my tropical habitat, though, I spent an hour or so watching the Borg fizzle before the Injuns at a sushi bar in Huntington, NY. A real good sushi bar, too. Lobster salad roll, zaru soba and some sea urchin with quail egg for dessert. Beats a carcinogenic hot dog any day.

    Okay, off to grab a quick lox, eggs and onions at the diner down the street and head across the bridge to visit borgfanlen for a cup of liquid pacemaker and lunch of baseball talk at the mediocre cafe he has recommended. Johnny5, sorry you couldn’t get away.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:41 AM

      It is my loss, but due to me soon taking a vacation I had to be at work. I hope you enjoy your visit. If you’re heading south through the state let me know.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      Hey OG- I hope you and Len have a great time, please say hi to him for me.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Does the phrase “striking out” refer to to the lovely ladies in the picture?

    • FC - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:27 AM

      The lovely ladies in the pictures are primary characters in the series Craig is watching and that’s all I’m saying cause I wouldn’t want to spoil Battlestar Galactica for him, especially when they %(*#(@#_)——————–STATIC———————–BEEEEEEEEEEEEP

  5. paperlions - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Craig, good luck with BSG. I don’t think anything below spoils any of the “plot”, such as it is.

    It is one of the worst shows I’ve ever watched. I loved Firefly, I enjoyed Stargate and Stargate Atlantis, I even liked most of Farscape. I was excited to watch BSG. Ugh. Like you, I was watching it while working out on the elliptical each morning. I struggled through the first two seasons and just couldn’t continue on. The plots have more holes than baby swiss, but you can drive a truck through each of them. The acting is bad. The dialog is bad (like it was written by high school kids). Individual episodes don’t bother to follow the same “rules” for how things work. There is no discipline in the military characters, who regularly disobey and commit treason with little punishment as a result. The show takes itself very seriously, so you get less wiggle room, but it treats it’s characters (and viewers) as if they are all morons with the obvious plot flaws. Gaius Baltar will be the must improbable and annoying character you will ever encounter in your life The show looks fantastic, very high production value. The problems with the show aren’t isolated, they are systemic.

    It also makes some very strange story-line decisions, focusing on politics, the media, religion, and other such modern day mundane boring crap…..rather than take advantage of the fact that the characters are….you know….in space being pursued by synthetic life forms. During the first two years the characters are too busy fighting with each other to bother focusing on the survival of the species. Characters have distinctly 21st century American values (petty, selfish, self absorbed, materialistic), despite the fact that they are on the run for the survival of the species. They even make the cylons out to be petty. One of the most frustrating shows I’ve ever watched. I kept rooting for the cylons to just kill everyone…maybe that happened in season 3.

    • FC - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:33 AM

      Actually I found the infighting aspect very realistic and appropriate. You must be a fan of the old show. I come from country where the disparate factions of that society, despite being threatened by a autocratic narcissistic fool bent on destroying all democratic institutions, are completely incapable of putting aside their petty arguments and personal ambition for the common good. I can totally relate to the BSG background. The fact that their military people are loose and lacking discipline reflects two things: the ship was not the best one of the fleet, it was being retired at the start of the show and was crewed by the dregs of the fleet. And of course after such mass genocide, society is breaking down. They aren’t a civilization anymore, they’re just a bunch of gangs now.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:41 AM

      I’m not sure I agree with all that. My main problem is how obviously the show was made up as they went along. They never seemed to plan more than a few episodes in advance, and often seemed to change their mind about where things were going.

      That said, it was often good and occasionally brilliant.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:43 AM

      Also, the “frak” got real annoying real quick. It’s very tough to pull off fake swearing, as any Larry Niven book will also show you.

    • phatnate - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

      Actually I don’t think it is right to be so dismissive of anyone’s choice to watch a particular TV show. There are always going to be people who like a TV show and there will be people who don’t like a TV show. That said, I was not a fan of BSG from the beginning, but I started watching about halfway thru the series. I had been reading what a well done show it was, so I wanted to see what it was all about. I ordered the mini-series and then the first 2 seasons on Netflix, so when season 3 came around I was all caught up. I found that I really liked the show. The characters were strong, particularly Adama, Gaius Baltar, Colonel Saul Tigh and Starbuck. Gaius Baltar was just an awesome character, and should go down in history as one of the most unlikely but best villains in TV history. The characters wrestled with the questions of God, racism and humanity, and it was very thought provoking on those subjects. I would say that near end there were definitely some filler episodes, but the ending was good. It is a rare TV show that doesn’t “jump the shark” at some point but the overall body of work of the show is very good. And IMDB gives the show a 9.0, on 40,000 reviews, which is a pretty high rating, so someone must like the show. Oh yeah, the women are hot as well…Enjoy…

      • APBA Guy - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        Any show with Grace Park is worth watching, which explains why I’m glued to Hawaii 5-0 when it has new episodes.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM

        Funny post about the A’s, Sizemore providing all the offense. Funny because the A’s got 5 runs in 3 games against Seattle, while the Mariners went crazy and scored 7 to take the series two games to one.

        Of course in the 3 series so far this season the A’s have seen the King 3 times. He’s been royal 3 times. And the A’s “offense” has been nonexistent, which it’s been most of the season.

        Oakland now ranks second in team ERA and Seattle 5th. That’s nice, except that the Mausoleum and Safeco are profound pitcher’s parks. Whereas Philly ranks 3rd with virtually the same team ERA as the A’s and their ballpark is hitter-friendly. The World Champion Los Gigantes are 5th in a pitcher friendly park as well. But the number 1 team ERA team is Atlanta.

        Looking at those teams and looking at the offense Atlanta and Philly are relatively close. Only .006 OPS points separate the two at .695 and .701 respectively good for 21st and 19th ranking among MLB teams. SF is 25th at .672, Oakland is 27th at .641, and Seattle is dead last at .626.

        Yet only Oakland has a losing record. Looking at run differential, Oakland and Seattle have negative values at -12 and -5. The other 3 teams are positive, +8 for SF, + 61 for Atlanta, +78 for Philly.

        So for the second half of the season, it looks like Oakland and Seattle won’t score enough to threaten Texas in the West. SF can win the NL West, but won’t score enough to beat either Atlanta or Philly in the post-season, as both pitch better than SF does and score more runs.

        Oakland is close enough to Seattle to perhaps finish 3rd in the division, rather than last, but as long as Seattle can run the King and Pineda out to the hill they likely will avoid long losing streaks, something that Oakland cannot guarantee for themselves.

  6. natstowngreg - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Davey Johnson was frudtrated with the continuing inability of the inability of his hitters (read: Werth, Jayson) to drive in runs. At least Ryan Zimmerman hit the ball hard, which is a good sign.

    Before Wilson Ramos executed his suicide squeeze bunt, he missed the squeeze sign and swung with Michael Morse about 15 feet from him. The look of horror on Morse’s face was priceless.
    The remarkable thing was that Davey called on Ramos to try the suicide squeeze again. This time, Ramos executed perfectly, though Morse swerved a bit to his right on his way to the plate, just in case.

    Between innings, Nats TV color guy F.P. Santangelo went to the Cubs’ TV booth and asked Bob Brenly if he had ever seen a manager call a suicide squeeze twice in the same plate appearance. Brenly had not. Santangelo and Bob Carpenter proceeded to speculate on Brenly’s chances for future employment as a manager, possibly with the Nats.

  7. sdelmonte - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Good luck with BSG. I know a lot of people who loved it, my wife included. But it sounded like the most depressing thing on TV this side of the news.

    Ever try Farscape? That remains my all time favorite SF show, ahead of even the various Treks.

    Anyway, baseball…the Yanks are just half a game up on Boston now, and Hughes came back, and no one notices either.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:20 AM

      sdelmonte- It looks like our starter #5 is always going to be “meh”. Might have had a different outcome had Mitre not stunk the place up in late innings.
      BTW, I googled a bit after our book talk yesterday. I’ll just say…………I see……Interesting stuff you find on amazon user reviews.

    • mornelithe - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      @ Sdelmonte: Ever watch Firefly? I actually resisted for a very long time, and then ended up watching the whole thing a few weeks ago. In retrospect, it’s kind of a bummer that show was canceled. It was highly entertaining.

      • sdelmonte - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:03 PM

        Yup, watched Firefly in its brief run, bought the DVDs, saw the film many times, and even bought the comics. A really good show that could have been great. Or could have suffered from the inevitable slow slide that everything Joss does goes through.

  8. Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    That Game between the Feesh and Phills last night was pathetic on many levels. Errors? Check. Blown call that more than likely changed the game outcome? Check. Ump is a repeat offender of making bad calls? Check. Bad starting pitching? Check. Bad relief pitching? Check. Not many fans? Check. Finding out today the call was actually correct even though by replay it looks like a blown call still? Check.
    Charlie Manuel basically saying “Here is the bottom of the Phillies barrel of pitchers, have at it Jack.” A gift. And then the Marlins still had trouble taking that game. Uggh Pathetic. But i still enjoyed it, it was a close game. And one inning had me on the edge of the seat as another Phills Rookie was on the mound. Carpenter had men on base facing Stanton who shattered a bad into toothpicks and firewood that flew right past Martinez who fielded the ball perfectly and proceeded to get the DP. Nice.

    And John Mayberry Jr., I’ll keep saying it until I’m blue in the face. Give this guy a chance to platoon with Ibanez. It’s ridiculous to keep Raul out there full time, resting Ibanez more might make him better.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      J5…couldn’t agree more on Mayberry. What do you think about the quick hook to our whipping boy KK? I thought, especially after Mayberry made it 6-3, he should have stuck with KK…try to get 6 more outs…then go with our studs Stutes/Bastid and get out of Miami with the sweep. The Uncle saw things differently though and went with Herndon, who really, really sucks. Yeah the errors and baserunning mistakes were bad. But the fact remains they had a 6-3 lead with their starter having thrown 81 pitches and given up 1 earned run through 5 innings. There was no reason to take him out. If he can’t go out there for the 6th in that game, then why the ^$@^# is he even in the rotation???

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        It was as if Charlie felt bad for old Jack and decided there would be no sweep of the Fish this time around. Really, there were more questionable moves/ non-moves made as well by Charlie. I know people will probably call me nuts for saying that, but I didn’t see a point where Charlie remotely exhibited the will to win that game.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM

        When you are writing in KK as your starter, it probably takes away your zeal for winning…even when you see your team build leads of 4-0 and 6-3.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM

        David Murphy posted a good article on philly.com about KK and the third time through the order. In short, the numbers are ugly. Might help explain the decision.

      • FC - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:57 PM

        I think it was damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. I’m pretty sure it was going to backfire on him anyway. There’s no reason to believe that after allowing 9 base runners and walking the pitcher KK would have gotten into a groove to retire the middle of the order in the 6th facing it for the 3rd time around. In which case I probably would have let KK go out and either perform or implode. Right now the bullpen is in shambles.

  9. mornelithe - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Anyone have a thought as to how Romero gets so woefully hammered by the Red Sox? I was listening to his numbers against the rest of the League last night (something just over 2.00 ERA), then…against the Sox it’s like 8.00 or something. Ouch!

    Always enjoy seeing the Jays come back to town though, it’s good to see John Farrell from time to time. Definitely glad he’s managing on his own (though, we do miss the stellar pitching coach that he is/was), would certainly like to see the man succeed.

  10. yankeesfanlen - Jul 7, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    The Yanks need to get their hitting act together. As in, hit one, next guy hits one, repeat, repeat. And I don’t mean bunting, Joe. Didn’t see enough patience at the plate last night, letting Masterson pitch until the 8th.
    The populace seems to think the “DJ3K” will be Friday night. My bet is on his second at-bat Saturday, at about 2PM EDT. Before you disallow this, kindly recall that ARod will hit #700 on August 4, 2013 in his second at-bat. Then review late July last year comments in this emporium. All are done through highly unscientific methods roughly involving the space/time conundrum.
    No, I don’t know what that means either.

  11. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Two things:

    1. Is Battlestar Gallactica really any good? I’m not convinced just like I’m not convinced the Braves are overusing their setup man and closer.

    2. The Phillies are the cause of all of the world’s ills and should be “cleaned” and scrubbed with a bundle of hobo pubes like a filthy brillo pad. Plus, they are cake eaters.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:27 AM

      Pedro, what’s wrong with you this year? Maybe you should give Jobu some more rum my friend…

      Pedro Cerrano – .223/.316/.391/.706 8 HR/20 RBI in 244 PA

      The Domo-nator – .239/.322/.410/.733 5 HR/14 RBI in 152 PA

      Pedro is a better fielder, but the Domo-nator is hitting just as well this year. What’s going on?

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

        Just enjoying the ride that is good pitching, my friend. I’ll be sure to step up soon and launch some curve balls into the stands. Our team likes to hit all at once, we just haven’t all received the memo yet.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Ultimate-Mud-Pie-365111

      “Pie rules” Quote by Chase Utley……

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        Actually…

        “Pie F*****G rules” Quote by Chase Utley……

  12. aceshigh11 - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    I just started watching BSG as well…I’m at the conclusion of Season 1.

    It is VERY good…although Dr. Baltar NEEDS TO DIE. I hope he suffers a lot before the end of the series. Talk about a prick.

  13. acheron2112 - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    I loved BSG.

    It is pretty obvious the writers were winging it after awhile, and had no plan for where the show was going to go. Sometimes that doesn’t matter, but BSG has a very strong continuity — it’d be almost impossible to watch it out of order — so the seams show a bit. Nonetheless it’s still one of my favorite shows.

    And yes it can get dark and depressing as anything. Might want to watch some Astros games to prepare yourself. (If you’ve been a Pirates fan over the last 20 years, you’re already set.)

  14. Lukehart80 - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Yankee fans, there were multiple hit batters last night. The last time that happened, so many of you were up in arms about what monsters the Red Sox and Indians were for hitting the pinstripes:

    “How dare they?!”
    “Be more careful!”
    “Won’t somebody think of the children?!”

    I thought for sure this morning you’d all be declaring that Phil Hughes be suspended and that Joe Girardi would be right there with you. Or perhaps at some point during last night’s game, you realized that sometimes guys get hit and it’s not a big deal?

    Does this mean the next time Mark Teixeira gets the flap of his jersey touched up with an 82 MPH breaking ball the rest of us can be spared half a dozen of you whining about it???

  15. foreverchipper10 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    I demand more eye candy on this site until my girlfriend returns from Italy on the 19th.

  16. scatterbrian - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    It ain’t the AL West that agrees with Scott Sizemore…..it’s really just left-handed pitchers.

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