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Rookie Impressive In Debut

Antonio Bastardo made his major league debut last night against the Padres and held them to only 1 run; a solo homer from Adrian Gonzalez. The 23-year old rookie pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 hits total, 1 walk and he struck out 5.  Bastardo threw mostly fastballs, but the 95mph heat proved to be explosive.  If he can begin mixing in a few more off-speed pitches, this kid may be the answer to the Phillies’ prayers.

P5314819 Ibanez.jpgAlso feeling the power last night was Raul Ibanez who, on his 37th birthday, knocked in 5 runs with a double and two homers; a very Happy Birthday indeed!  The birthday bash continued with 2 hits from Shane Victorino, and 2 RBI each from Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs.  The score was 10-1 by the middle of the 7th.

Enter Chan Ho Park: Park allowed 4 runs to the Padres in the bottom of the 7th and looked like a little league pitcher.  Obviously disappointed about losing his starting spot, Park has really begun to unravel.  But if he cannot accept his new role, then what good is he?  I believe the clock may be ticking for Park…

Chad Durbin ran into trouble as well in the 9th when he loaded the bases.  Durbin has not looked like the pitcher of 2008 all year long; he did have a quick and easy 8th inning, but the hit and 2 walks in the 9th still leave everyone with the feeling that he is just not right.  Luckily, Ryan Madson threw one pitch to end the game and bail Durbin out, avoiding a huge disaster; but you still have to wonder, what is wrong with Durbin?  But give him a few more outings and let’s see if he can fix the issue.

The Phillies will try for their 2nd sweep in a row tonight with JA Happ on the mound; game time is 10:05pm again.

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Road Trip Kicks Off With A Win

Despite the west coast jet lag, the Phillies pulled off a win in San Diego last night with help from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard who nailed back-to-back solo homers in the 5th.  Shane Victorino collected 2 RBI on 2 hits and Raul Ibanez also had a 2 hit night.  The Phillies left a lot of men on base and in scoring position, but the pitching held up and they walked away with the victory.

Joe Blanton continues to improve upon his slow start to the season; Blanton pitched 5 innings of one run ball, but ran into trouble in the 6th.  Not to be outdone by the Phillies, the Padres also hit back-to-back homers in that inning.  But Blanton collected himself and went 7 solid with 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  Scott Eyre pitched 1 inning held the Padres down, allowing Brad Lidge to notch his 4th save in a row.

While the game was entertaining, the Padres 2nd baseman was far more interesting.  Can someone explain exactly what is up with David Eckstein’s batting stance?  Or, maybe I should call it his batting dance?  This guy looks like he downed a gallon of pure sugar before stepping to the plate.  He bounces all around, waves the bat back and forth frantically and looks as if his head may explode.  See for yourself:

Somebody get this man a Valium.

So tonight the Phillies send the rookie, Antonio Bastardo to the mound for his first major league start.  And yes, that IS his real name (Insert joke here).  Poor guy.  Incidentally, Bastardo is from the Dominican Republic and his name does in fact mean what you think it means.  In Spanish, the literal translation of “bastardo” is “Bast*ard, a son born out of wedlock or Boa, a short, thick-bodied, and very poisonous snake.”  Either way, not flattering.  Let us hope his pitching is more impressive ;O)

Romero 08ed.jpgAlso,  JC Romero is back tomorrow!!!  Say it with me now…Whooo Hooo!  After serving a bogus and totally undeserved 50 game suspension, Romero will finally be eligible to pitch.  Free at last!  Look for emotions to run high the first time he steps on the mound.  Welcome back JC!  We missed you!

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Meet Antonio Bastardo

Everyone loves to see young guys get a break and make it to the Majors; but the journey for Antonio Bastardo, 23, begins with a season-ending injury to the Phillies #2 starting pitcher, Brett Myers.  Antonio Bastardo JZD.jpgMyers will have hip surgery and Bastardo will have some very big shoes to fill.  Is he up to the challenge?

Bastardo was signed by the Phillies after he was not drafted in 2007.  With a 9-0 record and 1.87 ERA at the Lakewood Blue Claws that year, Bastardo was moved to Clearwater to start 2008.  Impressive again, Bastardo pitched his way to the Reading Phillies after a 2-0 record and 1.17 ERA with the Threshers.  In 2009, Bastardo earned a spot in the Phillies Spring Training camp where he continued to work on his pitches.  Ultimately, he ended up with Reading Phillies (AA) where his 2-2 record and 1.82 ERA earned him a promotion to the Iron Pigs (AAA).

After only 2 games with the Pigs, Bastardo now finds himself readying to face big league hitters.  Whether the youngster will show off his stuff or crack under the pressure is yet to be determined.  What we do know is that the Phillies need an arm to fill the void left by Myers and if Bastardo does not work out, the Phils may find themselves in a heap of trouble.  Or maybe he will be a surprise like Kyle Kendrick was in 2007.  Bastardo gets his first start on Tuesday in San Diego against Jake Peavy and the Padres.  Best of luck to him!

Just For Fun

I shot some video before yesterday’s game of Jayson Werth warming up in the Phillies batting cages; the footage is possibly a bit…interesting?  For lack of a better word anyway; but hey, I did not go down there and make him show off his belly…although if requested, I am happy to oblige ;O)

 

Race Weekend

And also just for entertainment’s sake, I thought I would share with you the hell that is NASCAR race weekend in Dover.  The Monster Mile attracts thousands of fans from all over the country and literally shuts down the town for 3 days.  You cannot go to the Mall, the grocery store or pretty much anywhere.  All businesses rent out their parking lots exclusively for the race fans cars, trailers and campers and local residents are trapped inside their houses for the weekend.  If you live in the neighborhood, you even have to show ID to get to your own house!  Here is just a sampling of what I had to drive through to get to the Phillies game yesterday:

I just keep telling myself, it is good for the economy and only happens two times a year.  Now if I could just avoid the toxic fumes, engines noises, beer can-strewn roads and drunk folks wandering about aimlessly…  Hmmmm…maybe next time ;O)

And in case you missed it yesterday, here is the Photo Album from the Phillies sweep of the Nats and historic win #250 for Jamie Moyer!

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Phinally! Moyer Gets #250

It took 6 tries, but the Washington Nationals proved to be the magic potion for Jamie Moyer who today became the oldest major leaguer in history to record 250 wins.  Moyer is exactly 46 years and 194 days old today.  The only run Moyer surrendered in 6 innings of work this afternoon was a solo home run to Josh Willingham, who hit 2 on the day; the second was off reliever Clay Condrey.  Incidentally, Randy Johnson of the San Francisco Giants will also go for a career milestone against the Nationals this Wednesday; Johnson is looking for win #300.  I am actually going to that game in DC to see if I can catch two historical events in one week :O)  Wish me luck…

By the way, Moyer is a saint!  Look at how he takes the time to show this little girl how to pitch right before the game and then gives her both the ball he signed and the pitched ball she threw:



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As for the rest of this afternoon’s events, the 4-2 win over the Nats completed a 3-game sweep for the Phillies.  Lending a helping hand towards this victory was Chase Utley who seems to have taken up a personal mission to make Nats pitcher John Lannan’s life a living hell; Lannan is the same pitcher who broke Utley’s hand 2 years ago and since then, Utley has made him pay for it.  Utley went 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI in the win.  Chris Coste helped out, while making the most of a rare start; Coste hit a home run, a single and had 2 walks.  And Ryan Howard, hot off his grand slam yesterday, nailed an RBI triple in the 7th to give his team some cushion going into the late innings.

Some photos for you -  Howard tosses to first; Utley slides in safe; Howard slides in for a triple; Victorino runs the bases:



053109 ed.jpgAnd welcome back Brad Lidge!  “Light’s Out” Lidge has now notched 3 saves in a row, after a very rough start to the season with 4 blown saves.  He is throwing his slider for strikes, cutting down on the walks and starting to look like the Mr. Perfect of 2008 once again.  One more “Phinally!” on the day :O)

Here is the Photo Album from today’s win and historic #250 for Moyer!

The Phillies now head off to the West Coast to begin a 10-day road trip which will include the Padres, Dodgers and Mets.  A step up from playing the Nationals, but the Phillies have been hot on the road this year.  So the anticipation mounts as rookie Antonio Bastardo prepares to make his first major league appearance on Tuesday night against the Padres, in place of the injured Brett Myers.  But first, Joe Blanton takes the mound tomorrow night at 10:05pm (yikes!).  So much for getting any sleep this week…

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Hamels Disappears Along With The Bats

Prince Fielder of the Brewers played magician today and made Cole Hamels disappear; Fielder nailed him with a line-drive in his pitching arm, just below the shoulder in the 4th inning.  Hamels left the game having given up 2 runs on a Ryan Braun homer, but he also struck out 6 batters and was really on his game for the first time this year.  No word yet on how this injury will affect him.

JA Happ came in for Hamels to get the Phillies out of the inning, but then allowed 3 runs in the 5th on a Fielder bases-clearing double.  Ryan Howard could have saved the Phillies that heartache, but he dropped a sure double play ball that would have ended the 5th before the damage was done.  No matter though; the Phillies only scored 1 run on a Matt Stairs homer that broke up Dave Bush’s no-hitter in the 8th.  The Phillies lost the game 6-1 and had only 2 hits on the day.

So, where, or where, have the Phillies bats gone?  Perhaps they are hiding in Fielder’s huge, baggy pants?  Is he going to pull a rabbit out of that uniform too?  And where is the Phanatic with his new magic act to make the bats reappear?  I do hope they find them soon.magic.jpg

Break Out The Calendar

The April 20 Phillies vs. San Diego Padres rain-out has been rescheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.  Anyone holding tickets for the 4/20 game can use those tickets for the rescheduled game on July 23 at Citizens Bank Park.  Dollar Dog Night has also been rescheduled for the new game date.

The Phillies vs. Washington Nationals rain-out in Washington on Wednesday, April 15 has been rescheduled for 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 as part of a split doubleheader.  And just to clarify for those unfamiliar with a “split” doubleheader:  If you have tickets for 4/15, you can use them for the 1:05pm game on 5/16; after that game ends, you will have to leave and need a separate ticket for the 7:05pm game.  Both games are not included.  Bummer, I know.


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Next Up

The Phillies will travel to Miami tonight to start a 3-game series with the red-hot Florida Marlins tomorrow.  Game time is 7:10pm with Brett Myers on the mound.

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Rainy Days & Mondays


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The Monday night game against the Padres has been postponed due to Mother Nature.  With everything that has happened to the Phillies in the first 2 weeks of the season, it makes you wonder, what is it all about?  The World Series celebration continuing, getting the rings, the passing of our friend Harry Kalas, and so far, two games rained out; is this an omen of sorts?  Could it be one huge set-up for a repeat victory?  Or maybe just a sign that this is going to be a very long, sad season?  Time will tell…

Hoping to see life return to normal for the Phillies, there is a new series set to begin tomorrow night against the Brewers.  The pitching will all get bumped back a day so Jamie Moyer will start tomorrow at 7:05pm, barring any more weather related incidents.  If you are going to the game, like I am, be forewarned; the Flyers will be playing across the street at the Wachovia center and parking will be a nightmare!  Get there early!

Dr.jpgSpeaking of Mr. Moyer, The Philadelphia Daily News reported today that Jamie will be dubbed Dr. Moyer on April 30th.  Saint Joseph’s University is giving him and his wife, Karen both honorary doctorates; specifically, they will each receive a degree as a Doctor of Public Service for their charitable work with the Jamie Moyer Foundation.  Jamie graduated from St. Joe’s in 1985 and is a 1999 inductee in their athletic Hall of Fame.  Now when he has a bad game he can just tell Charlie Manuel, Damn it Chuck, I am a doctor, not a pitcher!”

Now, just think how much more fun that quote would have been if Jim Fregosi was still our manager?  Oh well, we do love our Charlie :O)

 

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Let The Healing (And The Winning) Begin!

After a highly emotional week with the passing of our beloved Harry Kalas, the Phillies showed signs of recovering today as they pulled out a 5-4 win over the Padres in dramatic fashion.  Raul Ibanez did his version of the “laying on of hands” by smacking a 2-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning.  And as payment for this great, selfless act of guru-like healing, Ibanez got a shaving cream pie in the face.  Perhaps he would have preferred a bouquet of flowers?  Actually, I am sure he did not mind too much; the pie to the face is much like a fraternity initiation; after taking Pat Burrell’s spot on the club, he is now officially a member.  Ibanez has won over the fans and more importantly, his teammates.  Still miss ya Pat, but Ibanez is getting the job done.Ibanez walk-off.jpg

Also getting things done around here is Ryan Howard, who had, and seriously, I never imagined writing this….he had an amazing day defensively!  Stop rubbing your eyes; Howard’s glove has arrived!  And not a moment too soon for the grieving Phils who desperately needed a win.  Howard made 3 incredible plays today including a J-Roll-style diving grab and a running catch in foul territory.  Last year, he would not have made those plays.  This year, the missing 20 pounds plus the extra effort spent working on his the fielding has paid off.  Not only that, but his bat is red hot!  Howard went 3 for 4 today, including the hit that set up Ibanez for the walk-off.

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The other hitter to watch this week is Chase Utley; he has now hit a home run in each of the last 3 games, including today’s 2-run shot in the 6th.  Looks like Utley is locked in a ready to do some serious damage….I hope!  Jimmy Rollins had the day off as Eric Bruntlett stood in, but he made one pinch-hit appearance and that would up being a solo shot in the 8th.  It was his first career pinch-hit home run and only his 2nd successful pinch-hit in 14 tries.  Perhaps the wheels are back on for J-Roll?  We shall see…

As for the pitching, JA Happ was the star of the day, coming in on relief for Chan Ho Park and pitching 3 scoreless innings.  Park had another rough outing and lasted just 5 innings, giving away 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk.  Makes you wonder, how many more sub-par outings will the Phillies allow from Park before they stick him in the pen and give the spot to Happ?  Frankly, I felt Happ earned the spot in Spring, but the powers that be figured he would be thrilled to make the club either way, whereas Park made a VERY big deal out of being a starter.  Not wanting to lose Park mentally may have factored into the decision.  Park did perform very well in Spring, but if you look beyond stats, Happ was equal or better and it made more sense from a management standpoint to give the 5th spot to Happ.  So, I am just going to pull a Forrest Gump here and say, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

Today was also a celebration of the Phanatic’s Birthday, which is always a treat for the fans.  This year, many of the Phanatic’s friends joined the party as well a magician, Michael Grandinetti.  The magician did a few tricks with the Phanatic, including making him appear out of nowhere…impressive.  And there was a birthday cake made entirely out of Tastycakes…Mmmmm!  Here are some photos from those events:

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The Phillies conclude their series with the Padres tomorrow night at 7:05pm with the elder, Jamie Moyer on the mound.  In the meantime, enjoy the Photo Album from today’s game.

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Kalas Memorial / Lidge Blows A Save

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The Phillies held a memorial service at the ballpark today for Harry Kalas, which they shared with the fans, as well as Harry’s friends and family.  Fans were able to pass by Harry’s casket, which sat on the field behind home plate, and were then seated to watch the services.  This beautiful and extremely moving program included speeches from Mike Schmidt, Richard Ashburn, Mayor Michael Nutter, Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer, and many other friends of Harry.  The entire Phillies team attended the memorial, first passing by the casket to pay their respects, and then sitting in the stands behind home plate.  Phillies of the past were also in attendance, including Steve Carlton, Greg Luzinski, Larry Christianson, Garry Maddox, Robin Roberts and many more.

 

The big tear-jerker of the day came when all Phillies players, past and present, were asked to take the field; they lined up two by two and literally lifted Harry’s casket and passed it down the line through each others hands until they reached the hearse.  Those players at the end of the line, including Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Brett Myers, Carlos Ruiz and others, gently placed the casket into the rear of the hearse and everyone watched as Harry was driven out of the ballpark.  Many were unable to contain their emotions and tears flowed freely.  When I saw Shane Victorino crying, who just lost his grandmother in October, my heart sunk.  To think what all these players have gone through this week, as well as everyone who knew Harry, is just heartbreaking.

 

What a tragic start to the 2009 season for the Phillies, who all seem to be downtrodden by this turn of events.  All we can hope now is that they can filter those emotions into a positive, and dedicate their season to Harry’s memory.

 

The Phillies have lost 3 in a row now with tonight’s 8-5 loss to the Padres, despite a great outing from Brett Myers.  Myers notched a quality start with 6 2/3 innings pitched and 3 runs allowed; he even contributed with a double at the plate and a run scored.  But for the 2nd night in a row, Ryan Madson came in and gave the Padres the lead with one run allowed in the 8th.  Chase Utley tied the game up again in the bottom of the inning with a lead-off home run to right. 

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followed with single and then his amazing base running landed him on 3rd base after a Jayson Werth single.  With one out, Pedro Feliz collected the RBI on sac fly and Ibanez crossed home plate, giving the lead to the Phillies, 5-4.  But that lead would not hold for long.

 

Brad Lidge, as expected, pitched the 9th inning, hoping to remain perfect in save opportunities.  After receiving his award before the game for that perfect 2008 record, Lidge finally blew a save tonight, ending his streak of 47 in a row.  And he didn’t just blow it; he really, really blew it.  In 2/3 of an inning, Lidge gave up 4 runs, the majority of which came on a Kevin Kouzmanoff 3-run homer.  That inning really took the wind out of the sails for the Phillies, and they went down easily in the bottom of the 9th.

 

Tomorrow’s game against the Padres will begin at 1:35pm with Chan Ho Park on the mound.  I will be there, and hopefully, the Phillies can get things back on track.  Maybe the Phanatic’s birthday celebration will lighten the mood?  One can only hope…

 

 

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Beautiful Tribute, Ugly Game

How do you blow a 6 run lead?  Just ask the Phillies.  No doubt, it was an emotional day for all of us in Phillies-land, as Harry Kalas was remembered before the game and pictures and video of Harry were shown in the park between innings.  Kalas Tribute.jpg

His three sons threw out the first pitch and Kane Kalas sung the National Anthem.  There were numerous salutes to Harry around the park, including the memorial outside the 3rd base gate at the Mike Schmidt statue.  Schmidt was also in attendance at the game and caught one of the pitches from Harry’s sons as did John Kruk and Jimmy Rollins.

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With all the emotions flying about, it just made you wish even more that the Phillies could have pulled this one out for Harry.  I suppose it was just not meant to be.

The game began for me with multiple bad omens, which I happily ignored as the Phillies jumped to a 5 run lead in the first inning.  I was hit in the head twice before the game even started, and not by a baseball. 


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A man above me in the handicapped section actually dropped his 4-foot metal walking brace on my head; what he could have been doing up there to make this happen, I have NO idea.  One minute, I am in my seat reading, the next minute, I am almost knocked unconscious.  After I regained some semblance of lucidity, I handed the metal rod of death up to him; he said he was sorry and that was that.  No one even came over to see if I was ok.  Unbelievable.


As I rubbed my head, now nursing a major headache, another foreign object whacked me in the back of the head, in the same spot!  I looked up and saw a Comcast employee winding up one of those 1 inch thick TV cables, which is what got me the second time.  This jerk did not even blink; he said nothing, pulled the cable away and left!  As you may imagine, I was quite woozy at this point.  I just sat there dazed and confused and, seriously, you won’t believe what happened next.  Some idiot looking for his seat backed up into my row and stood on my foot while he looked around.  He did not move until I lifted my leg and physically removed him from my foot!  I got a very lame, “oh, sorry” as he wandered off.  Clearly, this was not my day.

The game finally began and the Phillies jumped off to 5 run lead with a Chase Utley 3-run homer and a Chris Coste 2-run double.  Perhaps these bad omens were just some sick cosmic joke?  By the 4th inning, the Phils had a 6-run lead.  How could they possible blow this, especially on Harry’s day?  Well, I’ll tell you how; pitching and managing.  Cole Hamels began to self-destruct in the 5th inning, giving up a 2-run home run to the Padres Scott Hairston.  He also allowed 2 more hits and a walk in that inning and was due to bat 2nd in the line-up.  So, did Charlie Manuel remove the tiring Hamels for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 5th?  Nope.  And then he sent Hamels back out for the 6th inning where, as I fully expected, he continued to give the game away; another 2-run home run, just like that.  Now the score is 7-5.

The offense slept through the next few innings as the pen held the Padres down, but then came the 8th inning.  Ryan Madson, who based on last year, appears to be a VERY slow starter, gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk, blowing the save and giving the Padres an 8-7 lead.  This was a disaster and man, did my head really hurt after that.  Greg Dobbs gave us a little hope as he led off the 8th with a single; Rollins bunted him over but then Shane Victorino popped out.  Utley tried to play hero by whacking a single into left field, but then 3rd base coach, Sam Perlozzo, killed the rally by sending the VERY slow Dobbs home, where he was promptly tagged out. 

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Matt Stairs ended the game in the 9th by striking out looking, but to his defense, the last 2 called strikes did not look to be anywhere near the strike zone.


So besides my getting beat up at the game, another Phillies fan had a very similar day; before the game and before the Kalas boys threw their first pitch, an elderly man was invited onto the field to throw a pitch as well.  Just as the announcer told the crowd that this 82-year old man was very brave for attempting to walk out onto the field, obviously because of his health, at that exact moment, this poor guy tripped on the yellow rope the grounds crew laid down for their pre-game preparations and fell flat onto the ground, losing his shoe in the process.


A very scary moment for all of us as we watched him lay there, but he was able to get up with assistance and did still throw the ball, which went about 2 feet.  It was really something to see him even attempt this after such a terrible fall.  Kudos to that fan for toughing it out!  I do hope is okay.  Sorry, I did not catch his name in all the craziness, but I wish him well.man falls on field.jpg


This was a very sad day for the Phillies and their fans all around.  Spirits were lifted though for a while during the 7th inning stretch when all 44,984 people in attendance were invited to sing along to “High Hopes” with Harry Kalas one last time.  The video played on PhanaVision as we all joined in.  It was a beautiful tribute, as I am sure the memorial service will be today as well. 

As promised, here is the photo album from the Harry Kalas tribute on Friday and the game.  There are two pictures that I think you should all see;  Jimmy Rollins was holding Harry’s favorite white shoes and Chase Utley held his blue jacket while Kane Kalas sung the National Anthem.  I think those shots really sum up the week. 

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Slumber Party


P7306435 kendrick cr.jpgKyle Kendrick decided to join the offense in their slumber party tonight, as he lulled Phillies fans to sleep by giving up 6 runs in only 3 2/3 innings in the 8-3 loss.  He also walked 5 batters.  Those of us on the East Coast attempting to stay awake to watch the late night adventure were given little reason to stay vertical.  Then there was the usual lack of offense; they scored 3 runs in the first 4 innings, but after that, nothing.  It was the baseball equivalent to Ambien.  Once again, I am at a loss of words for the sad, sad play of this team.  Tonight, they faced a rookie pitcher whom they had an ideal opportunity to exploit and they failed miserably.  So sad all the sleep I have missed this week watching this disaster.  Pass the Ambien please; zzzzzzzzzzz…

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