Joe Blanton will stand atop the hill to help the Philadelphia Phillies leapfrog 2 clubs before the day ends. Can a 7th consecutive victory coupled with losses by Miami and New York happen tonight? Can Kentucky Joe continue his dominate campaign?
Penthouse Occupancy for the 6-4 triumph: 7
The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Chooch Ruiz.
He drove in 2 runs and swiped 2nd during the opening frame. He went 2 for 3 with 2 steaks after 4 knocks on Thursday. He was joined on the top floor by Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo. Freddy Galvis, Hunter Pence and Ty Wigginton.
Hamels fired 113 bullets over 7 complete, winning his 6th and punching out 9. Pence went 2 for 3 plus a free pass, and had the deciding tally with a bomb in the 5th. Bastardo faced Big Papi Ortiz in the 8th and popped him up near first. Galvis planted a big insurance homer in the leftfield flowerbeds during the 8th. Papelbon quieted his ex-teammates with a solid 9th for his 12th save.
The Leather Warehouse praised Wigginton’s toeing of the bag for the 2nd out in the 9th.
Rally Tal & Cap in the 1st: 3 walks, a bases-loaded hit and a medium sac-fly plated three. There were 2 productive outs before a theft of 2nd, and an RBI double for a 4-0 advantage.
I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. The Phillies finished last summer 42 games over .500, which equaled a year of many positives. I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats.
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The Climb Over:
The Fish and the Mets surely hear the footsteps of the red pinstripes ascending from the cellar. The door is ajar with both organizations a mere half game away from entering. The Phils have one more loss than those 2 teams, and could be just hours away from 3rd place. Then, they can set their sights on the Natitudes and there will be more favorable match-ups this time. They will line up Ross Detwiler, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. The locals will assign the task to Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Doc Halladay. They will substitute a 5 for a 3, while the hometown crew will have the same potency during their first meeting at the Bank.
There are reasons for the 6 straight pleasant decisions. The relievers have been better of late, albeit not without a few hiccups. Chooch has been a machine in the 5 hole, and he is a strong candidate to bat 6th, when they carry a healthy offense. In Washington, he hit 5th only against the southpaw. New York is in homerun-friendly Toronto (22-18) with the 2 arms at the bottom of their rotation after Jon Niese got torched by the Jays yesterday. Miami, however, is facing the Tribe (22-17) with 2 decent starters after a 3-2 win. That said, the locals probably will be in 4th by tonight, and hopefully 3rd after the weekend.
He is enjoying a career year and it’s due to being around the aces. He is changing speeds, which is a wrinkle for 2012. He is 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA without the relief appearance.
DAY & TIME
|1||RHP Vance Worley||4-4, 2.92 ERA||@ Mets||LHP Jon Niese||6-3, 3.55 ERA||Tuesday, Night|
|2||LHP Cliff Lee||0-5, 4.13 ERA||@ Mets||RHP Chris Young||2-1, 3.30 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
|3||LHP Cole Hamels||10-4, 3.08 ERA||@ Mets||RHP R.A. Dickey||12-1, 2.15 ERA||Thursday, Night|
He is a very good–albeit not great–hurler, who doesn’t thrive in cozy Fenway Park. Is it the Green Monster or small-park dimensions? He has gone at least 7 innings in 5 of 8 tries with 1 clunker.
DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012
DEFINITION OF SEASON
|Over The Top||Excellent|
|Short Arm||Approximately Average|
Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
|NUMBER||A Four||A Three|
|FOR 2012||Short Arm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||4th of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Split Finger||Sinker|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||4th of 15 Categories||6th of 15 Categories|
ER - R- H
|1||Gyroball||9 (CG)||0 - 0 - 3||10||Screwball||6||4|
|2||Fastball||9 (CG)||0 - 0||11||Knuckleball||5||3|
|3||Cutter||9 (CG)||3||12||Forkball||0 - 4.2||Monstrosity|
|4||Split Finger||7||2||13||Eephus Pitch||0 - 2.2||Disaster|
|9||Slurve||5||2||*Knuckle Curve||Pitch Count|
|** = Suspended||* = A 2nd Pitch Also|
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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: core value (Wednesday)
COLE'S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K & 99 DARTS
W - L
CG - SO
BB - IBB
|Total||34 - 23||3.48||6.1||59 of 86||2 - 2||12||582.2||225||114 -2||557|
|Hamels||17 - 06||3.05||6.2||21 of 31||2 - 2||03||215.1||073||050 - 2||218|
|Lee||06 - 09||3.16||6.1||23 of 30||0 - 0||02||211.0||074||028 - 0||207|
|Halladay||11 - 08||4.49||7.0||15 of 25||0 - 0||07||156.1||078||036- 0||132|
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