Phillies 1 Braves 0 ‘he’s going to go right at you’ – leaves one up.

No Gattis – shame…in this Park on this day the exception should not prove the rule.  Good to see Jason gets a reprieve.

Andrelton, slow across, surely not?   Freddie the leaping salmon.  Alex, 2 hits but saucy…hope he’s around for ever, attitude.

You get the impression with Simmonds the batter that he operates in the fourth dimension, one of his own creation – the regular playing surface disdained he tries to land the ball somewhere across another one, twenty five feet up in the air.

Alex strikes out the side – on the mound before the first pitch,he was cap off, head bowed…in these instances you can’t help wondering who/Who is being addressed  and whether the propitiatory stance stems from a position of strength or weakness...Lord, thank you for my unhittable fastball or Please, where has my control gone?

Freddie leaves a couple, we have been spoiled.   Scoreless after three.

Uggla strikes out – he’s a dead ringer for the spooky Billy Bob in Tuesday’s sensational premier on FX of Fargo, Coen brothers and all…what boggles the mind was the formal assurance up front that the events that followed actually happened and they name a time and a place…we are truly a strange lot and maybe our baseball fetishes are not that idiotic after all…

3 double plays in the bank…don’t know how to look it up but would hazard a guess that  fewer ground balls are being hit Andrelton’s way this season..SSS or something slightly sinister?  (Alliteration in the sixth degree – (seventh) (eighth ) )

Scoreless through six.. Wood 5 hits, c.72 pitches… we execute a pick off play perfectly… surely Burnett needs a sleep?   our BABIP today .000, seemingly…  Breaking News – our short stop strikes out…

CJ…another fine play and throw for third out…we talk more nonsense about this player than any other on the roster…he’s regressing a good deal more slowly than those who would delight in the correctness of their woeful projections…use your eyes…

Bastardo for Burnett…( in the fifties my parents bought a 1932 Rolls Royce whose original owner was formally named in the papers that went with it as ‘James Bastard Smith’ – apparently back in those days if you were one you had to be named one, charming)… Laird stranded after one out double.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh Philly bunts  Brown to second, their first batter of the day to reach scoring position…he better not score(he does)…pick off play at second, CLOSE!!  can you appeal a play like that, why not?  Howard walks, 2 out, 2 on, pinch runner…Alex leaves one up, Brown scores..Alex at 100 pitches… inning over, pity about that one bad pitch to Revere…

Top of the ninth…Pimplebum (plagiarist!) …don’t care who’s up, want to see Gattis…Freddie, no depth…Justin K’s from 3-0 count…CJ K’s to end the game, he’s clearly regressing…  where was Gattis??

We won the squeaker last night and the melodrama two nights before…so grant them this…                    do we have to?


‘But O how bitter thing it is

To look into happiness through another man’s eyes.’         W.S.












43 thoughts on “Phillies 1 Braves 0 ‘he’s going to go right at you’ – leaves one up.”

  1. @MIL: 2-1
    @WAS: 2-1
    NYM: 1-2
    WAS: 3-0
    @PHI: 2-1
    TOT: 11-5

    Would’ve been nice to sweep today, but keep winning series and the season looks good.

  2. The pitching can’t continue to be this good and the hitting can’t continue to be this bad (actually, it has been on for 3 or 4 games every once and a while).

    But, Teheran, Santana, and Wood are for real. Minor SHOULD be for real. Harang MAY be for real as a 3.5 ERA pitcher. Floyd Should end up that good. AND bringing in Minor and Floyd may shift some better arms into the pen (here’s looking at you, Pickles and maybe Avilan). So, we STILL may have the best pitching / defense combo in NL.

  3. Kruger,

    I’m praying hard for you and family. I love my grandchildren very much and always worry for them…. Take and value every moment with him–day by day, every day.

  4. The Cubs and Padres are the only teams in the NL that have scored fewer runs. Yikes. Live by the 1-0 game, etc.

  5. Kruger, let me check to make sure, but I know someone whom I believe has gone through something very similar. I’ll send you my email address if so – I think he can provide some insight on this.

  6. y’know, when I posted and saw the recap had already gone up, I figured, that’s fine. it was good just to get it out. I’m overwhelmed by all of your good wishes.

    Just told the boy, and one of his first questions, will I still be able to play baseball this year? had to give him a hug. We’ll be waiting on the tests now.

    Before my grandmother passed, she took me aside in a quiet moment and said, I know my saviour loves me, and that is sufficient. Not sure where she got that from, but i have leaned on it many times, and will continue to do so. Thanks to you all for this place and what it means.

  7. @13 brilliant! Showed it to my boy (who happens to be a big fan of the UK Top Gear), his response… the plums!

  8. kruger… we’re a small community here, and you’re one of us… we’re with you if you need us.

  9. Kruger, all the best to your boy. I am sure he will be fine considering today’s technology, and the next thing you know he is already a Scott Boras’ client.

    Being a parent myself, I can definitely understand how you feel.

  10. Ian Desmond, Best Shortstop In Baseball (according Nats fans), has made his sixth and seventh errors of the young season to help put his team in a 4-0 hole.

    And we have Andrelton.

  11. Dear Kruger, my thoughts and wishes are with you and your family. I am wishing you strength.

  12. Kruger, as a father of two, my heart goes out to you. You, your son, and your family will be in my prayers.

  13. All I can figure is that he picked it up from Terry “Full-Pull Lane Change” Pendleton’s at-bat routine.

  14. @13

    Wow, crazy no one has noticed that. But I guess few really notice anything much about the Poser.

  15. That Resop thing has to be a mental tweak from a previous injury or something, right?

  16. in looking at 13 and everybody’s comments (particularly D. N. Nation at 33) I am reminded of that great philosopher who said

    “White Folks always say ‘Why are you black guys always holding on to your things?’ ‘Cause you m…f… done took everything else.'”

    Richard Pryor, predating Michael Jackson’s grab by 10 years.

  17. My only guess is that his stride toward the plate causes his athletic cup to shift, and it irritates him. He probably does it after every pitch, but only turns around to face the camera after the ball is put in play.

  18. I’ve played men’s league or co-ed softball for near 25 years, off and on. I’ve ran a co-ed team for the last four years in a league here in Atlanta. Typically I pitch, but this season one of my new players, a guy around 30 years old, said he preferred pitching. So last night I was at 2B while he was pitching and took a frozen rope to the face. He’s at Northside’s ER, waiting on facial reconstruction surgery (assuming they can get the bleeding in his eye under control.) It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen on the field, and I’m sort of freaked out about it going forward. Gonna be hard to step to the rubber next week.

  19. #36

    Sam, I play senior ball (50+) in Pensacola, and we use a screen/net to protect the pitcher, though our league’s board has had to impose a penalty if the pitcher doesn’t get behind the screen. The senior bats are way too hot (composite), but, even so, too many guys act like they’re invincible or something. They finish the pitch with the glove hanging by their side, etc. Just not thinking!

    In tournament play, there is no net, but it’s not uncommon to see pitchers wear hockey-style helmets and shin guards, even chest protectors. Again, the bats are ridiculously hot.

    I wish your teammate a speedy recovery. If your league isn’t using a net, someone should propose that they be included. I wish you courage the next time you toe the rubber.

  20. @36, wishing your buddy well, as well as everyone who was there that day. That is terrible.
    Makes me harken back to the Mad Dog, what a great defensive setup he had after pitching.

  21. I ordered pitching masks today. I will not let my guys pitch without them going forward. I suggested that our female infielders get one as well. Scooping mud made out of blood from your teammate’s face will change your mind on safety issues real fast.

  22. Man. All the pitchers in our league wear masks now. Looked kinda goofy at first, but when you consider the small but very real possibility of serious injury or even death (it’s happened), it’s worth it, I think.

    We had a guy last week slide head-first awkwardly and ended up partially collapsing a lung (spent a few days in the hospital but he’ll be ok), so I guess you never really know.

  23. I didn’t mention it, because the guy’s wife was kneeling over him as we waited for EMT to get there with the back board and gurney, but he was actually lucky. If the ball had been a half inch lower it would have hit him straight on in the nose, and it was a rising laser beam with massive backspin. It would have probably gotten to the fence if it hadn’t hit him. So if that hits him under the nose bone and drives it forward, he could have quite easily have died on the field. As it is, I’m just hoping he has vision in his right eye after the surgery.

  24. That’s insane man. And it is scary. Good luck to your teammate, and to you as well.

    I pitched 4 years in A Division, and handled the position pretty well, if I say so myself. I was pretty confident that I was the best fielder in our league. But I gave it up after a liner up the middle turned my left shin in to mashed potatoes. (I’m not kidding, there’s a softball sized, coffee-colored soft spot on my left shin, some 3 or 4 years later now.) That scared me off pitching. A liner to my glove side, hit me 2 feet from where my glove hangs, and I couldn’t get my glove there? What would I have done if that same ball was at my face?

    A “veteran” on my team said to me, when I first offered to pitch: “Just be aware, it doesn’t take an athlete to hit the ball 96 MPH here. But it takes one to catch it.” He wasn’t kidding.

    (A side story, we once had the wife of a player get nailed in the stands by a terrible throw from shortstop to first. Couldn’t have been more than 70 mph (unlike the 96 the bats are supposed to be rated to) and it messed her up BAD. Two different reconstructive surgeries and ongoing litigation with the City Parks department.

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