Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/20/12

Cliff Lee could not pick a better time to win his first for the Philadelphia Phillies than today.  Can the red pinstripes take the rubber match?  Can the Phils send the Sox to Baltimore with a Lee victory and a Jonathan Papelbon save?





Penthouse Occupancy for the 7-5 outcome:  4

The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Freddy Galvis.

Fan-Favorite Freddy Is Showered With Applause After His 2-Run Bomb In The 4th

He launched a 2-RBI dong and had 2 defensive gems during his 2 for 4 night. He was joined on the top floor by Chooch Ruiz, Jimmy Rollins and Hector Luna. Luna went 3 for 5, was in the middle of almost every rally, and he took 2nd on a centerfield sac-fly during the 8th. From the batter’s box, Ruiz was denied a critical 2-RBI knock, and Rollins produced an RBI infield single during the 9th.

The Leather Warehouse again featured the glove of Galvis in the 2nd with a sliding catch, which was followed by a perfect throw to Joe Blanton. Blanton was awarded an error for dropping it, however. Chooch made a superb ground-level fielding-and firing play on a strikeout-to-first putout in the 7th. J-Roll made a diving stop with the infield in and gunned down the runner at the dish from his knees during the 8th.

The Kangeroo Courthouse convicted Big Joe of sloppy D with his boots in the 2nd and 4th. Luna produced only a one-bagger on a shot off the leftfield wall in the 4th, because he was preparing for a homerun trot, admiring his handiwork too much, no doubt.

The Thief From Beantown

Polly Polanco was featured at the House Of Wax with a rarity:  He worn a pad to shield his gimpy knee in the 6th during his pinch-hitting appearance.

The Big House Key was in Chooch’s locker after he was robbed of a gap double on a 7th-inning diving catch by the centerfielder.



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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At The Cellar Door:


This series has turned out to be an excellent one and the Natitudes are next. If the other team needs a fantastic grab to split with you, you came loaded for bear. That said, a win would have meant 3rd place with Washington on the 2nd rung of the divisional ladder. In a correction from yesterday, the Nats will go with their 2, 3 and 4 arms. That is a little easier for the offense with a 4 instead of a 1. They could be up by only a game and a half on Monday morning.

For a few hours the Phils were tied at the bottom with the Fish and the Mets. They could pass either or both of them by Sunday night. New York has a tougher opponent with their 4 on the bump, while Miami has their 1 to start the battle. That said, Josh Johnson has alternated 2 bad and 2 good twice for his 8 outings. Is he going to go south again or is he the ace of the staff?

The General Puts The 'Stros At Attention On May 15 At The Bank






Cliff Lee:


He might keep Big Papi Ortiz on the pine, because the Sox could prepare for a contest where runs are hard to come by.  The sticks have come alive since Chooch was moved to the 5 hole, and this time Cinco Ocho is available.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3LHP Cliff Lee0-1, 1.95 ERARed SoxRHP Josh Beckett3-4, 4.97 ERASunday, Day 1RHP Kyle Kendrick0-3, 5.96 ERANatsLHP Gio Gonzalez5-1, 2.22 ERAMonday, Night 2RHP Doc Halladay4-3, 3.22 ERANatsRHP Jordan Zimmermann2-4, 2.58 ERATuesday, Night 3LHP Cole Hamels6-1, 2.48 ERANatsRHP Edwin Jackson1-1, 3.31 ERA Wednesday, Night

Josh Beckett Works At Home Against Seattle On May 15



Josh Beckett:


He is right on schedule with alternating good and bad summers, and 2011 was the excellent one.  He’s been doing that since 2005, and will have 4 of each, if he maintains his track record.  He has lasted 6.1 frames in 4 of 7 attempts with 2 clunkers.


DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The TopExcellent 3-Quarters SidearmGood SidearmAbove Average Short Arm Approximately Average SubmarineBelow Average



Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5

Slot on his club:  1 – 5

Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.



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PITCHINNER - R- HPITCHINNER 1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64 2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53 3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity 4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster 5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected 6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+ 7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured 8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted 9Slurve52** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also



The Core Series:  Check it out.



Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade chips (Friday)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies (Thursday)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: core value (Wednesday)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: tomorrow’s guarantee (Tuesday)




The program acronym is for Methodical Algorithmic Computerization or Mac.  That is the feed system that had dogged me an entire month, but it allows me now to probe for a compatible solution.  This only involves readers who were directed here from Fox Sports.  The links in this section were recently passed over by a computer’s judgment.  Does the national-and-all-major-sports machine understand Phillies commentary better than local fans?  I discovered that the buttons and lights objected the most to the storyline when I submitted only that part.  So, when the electrodes decide a Nitecap Insight isn’t to their liking, I’ll give my transferred readers a viewing opportunity the next day.  I’ll keep score of acceptable to rejected submissions, because I don’t want a large readership excluded or my time wasted.




TAL 6 – MAC 4


Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Creaky basement stairs (2)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies (2)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: tomorrow’s guarantee (2)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: more and less (3)


TRACKING MAC:  The machine has issued my articles 6 ones, 3 twos and 1 three.



If the algorithm okays this article for a full audience, Philadelphia Phillies storyline:  In Chooch we depend is tomorrow’s review.



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Check out my previous publication (The Climb Over) and the 52 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo.

Tal’s Handy Stats is daily coverage. I am alternating the 2012 ERA For The NL East and the 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked the Phillies page.




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