Phillies-Padres Game Thread 4/20/12

Some runs are better than no runs. That’s what we told ourselves, at least, as the Phillies took the first game of their four-game set with the Padres last night. Vance Worley was phenomenal, striking out 11 batters over seven innings, and the bullpen was able to preserve the shut-out. It marked the third game in a row that the Phillies had scored two runs or fewer, and the eighth out of 13 games. The Phillies hope that changes tonight against Padres starter Edinson Volquez, who has walked 12 in 17 innings to start the season. Cole Hamels makes the start for the Phillies in his home town of San Diego.




No Cover It Live chat tonight, as most of the guys are out watching the Flyers. Use the comments below to chat about the game.

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  1. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:20 PM

    It’s a whole lot more fun than valdez and mini-mart

  2. EricL

    April 20, 2012 11:22 PM

    Charlie said he doesn’t envision Freddy going anywhere when Chase comes back. He says he’ll use him to spell Jimmy and wants to keep him around.

  3. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:23 PM

    Charlie also said he would use Dom Brown.

  4. Colin

    April 20, 2012 11:23 PM

    Let’s just play him at 3B.

  5. Brad

    April 20, 2012 11:24 PM


  6. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:25 PM

    Did anyone hear LA call that homerun?

  7. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:25 PM

    That ball would have been an out at CBP.

  8. Phil

    April 20, 2012 11:25 PM

    So Bud Black brings in a righty to face Schneider, Thome, and Pierre… and then brings in a lefty to face Pence, Victorino, and Wig…. Am I missing something?

  9. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:26 PM

    If Polly really doesn’t come out of this hitting slump I’d love to see Galvis play some third. And he could spell all the infielders once Utley’s back.

  10. Colin

    April 20, 2012 11:28 PM

    To be fair, Galvis is OPSing .750 since the Pittsburgh series. Not great or anything, but that’s certainly better than our other options.

  11. euphronius

    April 20, 2012 11:29 PM

    Stringing singles offense!

  12. jackieinertia

    April 20, 2012 11:29 PM

    what the fuck is this? schneider 2 hits, pierre hitting with the bases loaded? somebody hit a homer? #bizzarophillies

  13. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:30 PM

    Enjoy this, everyone. This is all of our runs for the month.

  14. Brad

    April 20, 2012 11:31 PM

    Wigginton really flies

  15. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:31 PM

    Colin I agree. He’s not a wonderful option. But better than Valdez any day. I just think he’s fun to watch and I’d like it if he grew into something greater.

  16. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:32 PM


    But at least he’s got singles power.

  17. Ptram

    April 20, 2012 11:32 PM

    I know it’s early, but Mayberry just looks nervous in the box

  18. euphronius

    April 20, 2012 11:32 PM

    Did Mayberry just pop out on the first pitch with the bases loaded

  19. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:34 PM

    Ok, I can’t actually watch this game (no T.V.), so someone please tell me that MLB gameday is lying to me and JMJ didn’t just pop out in foul territory to the 1B on a 86 MPH fastball right down the middle…

  20. jackieinertia

    April 20, 2012 11:35 PM

    that is precisely what happened, Dan. a sad day for Yayberry fans everywhere.

  21. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:38 PM

    Just saw your question earlier. If at midyear they are under 500 and Utley and Howard aren’t back I still don’t know if I’d want to trade any of them. Unless maybe they are sure they aren’t going to be able to sign Hamels and they get something huge for him. But I hate that.

  22. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:40 PM

    Maybe we could save the other team some trouble (and us some time) and just give them an out and not send Mayberry to the plate.

    I know, I know, he might get a hit someday. But think about it like this: if someone’s on base, he has no chance to get us 2 outs that way. Seems like a fair trade to me.

  23. Brad

    April 20, 2012 11:40 PM

    I miss Harry et al reading birthday and get well announcements between pitches. Actually, I just miss Harry.

  24. Ptram

    April 20, 2012 11:40 PM


    I agree. I think that would be my breaking point

  25. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:40 PM

    Emotionally I really wanted Mayberry to end up being the equivalent of Jayson Werth. But he really looks terrible this year so far.

  26. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:43 PM

    He was just so fun to watch in the second half of last year.

  27. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:43 PM

    He was so fun to watch the second half of last year.

  28. Brad

    April 20, 2012 11:44 PM

    Polanco really flies

  29. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:44 PM


    If it makes you feel better, we can make comparisons to JMJ and Werth with RISP still (sarcasm, don’t kill me, I loved Werth).

  30. euphronius

    April 20, 2012 11:45 PM

    You could probably trade for Werth

  31. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:47 PM

    Well that’s fair. In my mind I was still thinking of the 2008 Werth.

  32. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:47 PM

    Was the second pitch to Pence a pitch-out with no one on base?

    If so, I think we may have met Cholly’s managerial match.

  33. Ptram

    April 20, 2012 11:49 PM

    Pap k’s this inning, over/under 1.5? I’m going over

  34. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:50 PM


    He’s facing at least two people with sub-.200 batting averages. I’ll join you on the over.

  35. euphronius

    April 20, 2012 11:51 PM

    I loved werth so much. I think he saw more pitches per PA than anyone at his prime.

  36. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:51 PM

    It’s no fun to take anything but the over.

  37. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:52 PM

    He certainly knew how to foul off a pitch or two.

  38. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:54 PM

    Good thing I’m not a betting man.

  39. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:55 PM

    I think gameday might be lying to me. Pitch directly down the center of the plate called a ball?

  40. Ptram

    April 20, 2012 11:57 PM


  41. Dan K.

    April 20, 2012 11:57 PM

    $1m strikeout.

  42. Noah

    April 20, 2012 11:59 PM

    I can’t believe how much happier I am when they win. GO PHILS

  43. Noah

    April 21, 2012 12:03 AM

    Wow Pierre gives horrible interviews

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