Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Magic 8

Last night started off in typical Phillies fashion, getting no-hit by a pitcher (David Bush) with a +5 ERA through the first 3 2/3 innings. Jamie Moyer was getting battered around, but was pitching well enough to keep the score close. Then Utley shot a single into rightfield followed by a Pat Burrell blast to centerfield in the 4th, Phils now leading 2-1. Momentum swing- Grand Pappy Moyer couldn't continue to fool NL homerun leader J.J. Hardy as he launched a 3-run bomb in the top of the 5th, Phils now losing again 4-2. Things continued to worsen in the top of the 7th as Moyer got himself into some trouble and Gas-Can Geary came in and ignited the fire and allowed one of Moyer's runners to score along with one of his own, score- 6-2 Brew Crew. Milwaukee is 21-0 in 2007 when leading after 7 innings. Game over right? Not quite- lefty Brian Shouse gave up back-to-back base knocks in the bottom of the 8th and then Derrick Turnbow was summoned from the bullpen, he of a sparkling 1.76 ERA. What happened next still surprises me...the Phils went Yahtzee, scoring 6 runs to claim the lead 8-6, with almost everyone contributing. Chapter 9- Brett "the Hitman" Myers comes in and locks down for his 4th save in 4 attempts. Phils record now at 18-20...c'mon .500!

Is it just me, or does Turnbow look like Boober from Fraggle Rock?

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The Buccos had some 8th inning heroics of their own last night, as they scored 5 against Florida to give some cushioning for Tom Gorzelanny and company. Gorze went 7 inning without giving up a run, dropping his ERA down to a tidy 2.36, upping his wins to 5 on the season, and collecting his first MLB hit. Matt "Pocket full of Fat" Capps and Salomon Torres came into seal the deal for a 7 to nothing Pittsburgh shutout, improving their record to 17-20.

~Carson

25 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Boober Turnbow. Very similar.

Nice way to start the series. What a mighty win. Good shot in the arm for our boys that one.

Burrell has come good ever since Gillick said the middle of the order was the problem. These boys respond to criticism. Even ours! Ha!

14-9 since the 4-11 start.

Go Phillies!!!!!

GM-Carson said...

Eaton vs. Vargas tonight. Claudio has been stellar thus far, 3-0 with a 2.65 ERA, but I'm thinking the Phils are going to wallop him.

BloodStripes said...

I don't like talking it up too much anymore but the Phils confidence will be up. I have no stats to backup this statement but our boys seem to rise up against good pitching. Its usually the nobody who holds us down.

GM-Carson said...

I hope Manuel keeps Dobbs at 1st this entire series, as he's been getting a lot of hits lately. It makes sense to play Dobbs too, because all 4 starters in this series for the Brewers are right-handed, and Dobbs is lefty.

Looks like Nunez is the starter at 3rd...ugh!

Bob D said...

Nunez is surprising us here with alot of hits lately, what happened?

Burrell is hitting also with 3 bombs this last week.

And I found out what Skeeter does for a living: He's a cook at Skeeter's Restaraunt located in the Tuckerton Seaport (NJ).

GM-Carson said...

I'm ok with Burrell batting .250 if he starts getting some extra base hits and continues to get on base via the walk. This offense needs every member of it to do their job, and over the past handful of games Pat has started doing his.

Reagan316 said...

Last night's game was awesome. I turned it on 8th and got to catch the rally. It was nice to see everyone contribute. Hopefully the momentum will continue throughout the series.

Abe "few hits" Nunez is flirting with a .300 batting average while Wes Helms is "doing all the little things right." I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'd start Nunez right now too. That play he made at third last night was disgusting.

GM-Carson said...

Nunez may have 5 errors to Helms' 6, but Nunez is far superior with the glove. If Nuni can keep that average up, even though it's empty (no power), I'm willing to let him start over Helms at this point because Helms also is only carrying an empty average around. Bat Nunez 8th though, and move Ruiz to 7th.

McD said...

I must admit I turned off last night's game before the 8th inning rally. I was pleasantly shocked to wake up this morning and find that the Phils notched the win.

What's up with No Hit Nunez? Has the world gone mad?

GM-Carson said...

No-Hit Nunez still looks horrible every time he swings, as he flails and bails, but for some reason some of those weak grounders have been sneaking their way through the infield...I'll take what I can.

GM-Carson said...

From FoxSports- Speculation in the Bronx is that, with lefthanders Sean Henn and Mike Myers already in the bullpen, the Yankees don't have room for Ron Villone. Amaro, citing tampering rules, declined to comment on what interest the Phillies might have in Villone beyond saying, "What we need, what we'd like to have, is somebody with some experience who would help [manager Charlie Manuel] hold down the game." Another Phillies baseball man said he didn't know if the Phillies were interested or not, but added: "Would he make us better? I sure think he would." Villone's Yankee contract calls for a $2.5 million salary if he's promoted. If he becomes a free agent, however, agent Scott Boras is free to negotiate the best deal he can get.

*He's not worth a 2.5 million dollar risk, but if he can come cheaper he's worth a look.

1B Ryan Howard is on the DL with a strained left quadriceps. He is taking batting practice but not running or fielding. "He's taking active rest," said Ruben Amaro Jr., the Phillies' assistant general manager. "What aggravates him the most is running. Those quick movements are what we're trying to stay away from. We're hopeful he comes off [the disabled list] on the 25th."

*As much as Amaro lies, that means Howard could be lost for the season. (joking...sort of)

goDuke said...

You're my boy Burrell.

Jacobin said...

Turnbow reminds me Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but the Boober reference is good too. Offense might not be the problem tonight... Milwaukee has those sausage races and our starter tonight is Adamn Eaton-dick.

GM-Carson said...

JJ Hardy is amazing so far this season. Dude hit 5 homers last year and now leads the NL with 12. I was lucky to pick him up in the WSBGM's Phantasy League, but I'd like him to slump for the next 3 games...the Phils are more important to me.

What happened to J-Roll's power? He hasn't been hitting at all for that matter.

Skeeter said...

While I have never been to Skeeters Restaurant in in Tuckerton, bob d, I would like to make a trek there and force them to write "not associated with the genius blogger Skeeter" on all their signs. They are making money off my name.

And when are we going to see Coste? I really want to see the sort of applause he gets from the home crowd.

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter, Coste had a pinch-hit appearance in last night's game. Fly out to right if my memory serves me correctly in the 7th inning.

Skeeter said...

did he? shit...stupid 24 got in the way of me watching Coste....did he get a nice ovation?

GM-Carson said...

Yes, Coste was cheered, but nothing spectacular. The biggest cheer I ever saw was for Fence-Face Rowand that first game he came back from the injury.

Skeeter said...

Oh yea, I remember that. I also remember a few games before he came back, when he was in the dugout and was shown on the big screen in left field. He got a hell of an ovation then, too.

das411 said...

Skeet, was that at the Red Sox game that J-Roll almost killed Ortiz with a liner to first? Because I definitely was part of that crowd cheering for ArRow!

BenJah said...

yoyo! it's sooo rediculous that these phils are winning some games and my team is too. we won tonight, 7-4. there has to be a cosmic connection

Maria said...

Turnbow is definitely the player of this series.

Jacobin said...

Two wins against the Brewers and Hamels is on the hill tomorrow. Wow, isn't it a strange thing to feel optimistic as a Phillies fan!

BloodStripes said...

Nice to see a walk-off win. Not to many of those for the Phillies. The whole team is up. Phils on phire!!!

Hey wait a minute! These guys only play well after we bag them. On second thoughts. This team is shit! All of them. Pick it up will ya Phillies!

GM-Carson said...

Chooch is getting himself in line for the NL Rookie of the Year. That was an awesome blast to win the game. I was pissed most of the game, because the Phils kept squandering scoring opportunities, and then Brett Myers became "human" in the 'pen for the 1st time...but a win is a win.