Thursday, May 04, 2006

13-14

For some reason, I am completely incapable of writing anything insightful or even coherent about recent Phillies games. I’ve tried a few techniques in the early going of this site and nothing seems to work. It seems ridiculous to ignore the actual games that the Phillies play on a website devoted to the Phillies, but that is kind of what I plan to do. Big games will get more in-depth recaps as will games that I happen to take extra good notes on, but for the most part the game recaps will be short and sweet – content on the site will be devoted to pretty much everything else related to the Phillies and baseball…it’ll be the stuff I want to write about for the most part. So that’s where things stand as of now, I just wanted to get it all out in the open. As far as last night’s game…

In what was easily the best game of the young season, Aaron Rowand and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves by a score of 5-4 in front of 26,443 fans in South Philly last night. Games against the Braves always seem to mean a little bit more and last night was no exception – the back and forth nature of the contest made the affair feel like October baseball. There was a great pitching matchup between Brett Myers and John Smoltz, controversial late inning strategy, and a dramatic eight inning full of tension. Chase Utley, Aaron Rowand, Ryan Howard, and Mike Lieberthal all had two hits apiece, Tom Gordon worked another unbelievably easy 1-2-3 ninth inning (with 2 strikeouts, on 9 total pitches, 7 of them being strikes), and the Phillies did it all without a single walk (is this the first time this has happened all year?).

Phillies go for win number five in a row tonight with the newly controversial Cory Lidle on the mound. As the Phillies shoot for that elusive .500 record tonight (14-14) there are some interesting subplots to keep on eye on…what in the world will the lineup look like? How will the Phillies handle a potential late lead with no Tom Gordon (I’m assuming) to close it out? And will the Phils be fortunate enough to get another crack at Mike Remlinger?

4 Comments:

Anonymous malphie said...

The best part of the Lidle story is when he said "I'm not a player-hater"...and he was actually referring to baseball players. Well I thought it was funny anyway. By the way, watching Wagner blow that save last night made up for the moment in the 8th inning when, right after a certain former Phil legged out a bunt single for his 4th hit of the game, all the Mets fans in the nosebleeds started chanting "EN-DEE CHA-VEZ!!" That was torturous. Don't they know he stinks? But his diving catch in the 10th or 11th or whenever it was was freakin awesome, gotta admit that. Also awesome: Since it rained from the 2nd inning until the 8th -- torrentially at times -- the Mets are letting us redeem our ticket stubs for free admission to the June 19-21 Reds series, pretty sweet.

3:14 PM  
Blogger XXX said...

Delightful. I was gonna email you and ask what you thought of all the Lidle stuff. The thought of a fanbase getting behind Endy Chavez makes me ill, you don't even know. If you go to one of those Reds games that'll mean you've got two games in a week - can't forget Phils/Mets on the 23rd.

12:54 AM  
Anonymous malphie said...

Phils/Mets is May 23rd sucka

9:50 AM  
Blogger XXX said...

Oh snap I didn't even read the June part...

9:51 AM  

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