Nationals-Phillies Game Thread 5/18/12

The battle for first place begins! Or whatever place the Phillies and Nationals are battling for nowadays. Either way, we get three games against a division rival, one of which will be the Wednesday night game on ESPN, so you out-of-market folks can take in Cole Hamels and Edwin Jackson. Apparently the Phillies and Nationals are bitter enemies now, so everyone’s going to throw batteries at Bryce Harper, who, I’m told, has done something to anger Phillies fans. Or something.

But tonight has its own big news–Jimmy Rollins had a baby last night, so he won’t be in the lineup tonight while doctors struggle to solve that little bit of procreational weirdness. No doubt the Phillies will shoot the baby full of cortisone and then shoo Bob Brookover out of the hospital like a drunken recluse chasing the neighbors’ kids out of his backyard. The resulting lineup shuffling moves Freddy Galvis over to short and gives Mike Fontenot his first start with the Phillies. Given how much folks around here seem to like dudes with French last names and uniform numbers ending in 8, Fontenot should do fine.

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10 comments

  1. Noah

    May 21, 2012 04:49 PM

    Headed down now. Here’s wishing for no rain!

  2. AGH

    May 21, 2012 06:26 PM

    Hope the strike zone evens out soon. Kendrick’s getting squeezed early.

  3. hk

    May 21, 2012 07:08 PM

    Sorry Noah, but here’s wishing for rain. Our best hope is a rain-out to skip KK’s turn.

  4. hk

    May 21, 2012 07:12 PM

    On the bright side, after tonight, there’s only ~$6.55M and 281 games left on Kendrick’s deal.

  5. BDF

    May 21, 2012 08:45 PM

    Two good games in a row from Kendrick? Who knew?

  6. AGH

    May 21, 2012 08:54 PM

    Another disgraceful effort. Poor baserunning, lack of situational hitting. I’m not sure this team is aware how slim their margin of error actually is. Time for another team meeting, I guess.

  7. Noah

    May 21, 2012 09:34 PM

    Terrible base running tonight. An incredibly winnable game. Once KK settled in at least. I still can’t believe Fontenot wasn’t on third on the sac fly at the end.

  8. epost

    May 21, 2012 10:04 PM

    What a bunch of pathetic losers! Any random 50+ beerleague team could figure out how to score 1 run with 2nd & 3rd -no outs! Clueless hitting implies clueless coaching & clueless managing! Gross=gone; Samuel=gone; See ya Charlie!! I am tired of this shit! I started rooting for the Philthies in 1964 as a six-year old. 5 good years do not compensate! Harper need not worry about batteries flying his way — but ‘our’ guys do.

  9. Me

    May 22, 2012 05:43 PM

    I agree. Get rid of manuel already before someone else hires Sandberg away. He’s never been a good manager and he never will be.

    Then get rid of Ruben Minaya Jr

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