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Final: Phillies 8, Pirates 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (38-33) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (34-40)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Philadelphia RHP Joe Blanton

  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Rod Barajas, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Jeff Karstens, RHP


  1. It feels good to see Jeff Karstens’ name back in the line-up.

    To paraphrase Drew——”Live long and prosper, Jeff Karstens!”

    Or, to quote Lucky——”Live long and be proper!”

  2. Be interesting to see what Karstens does.

  3. I’ve seen Lindsey Buckingham a number of times recently on Saturday Night Live.

    What’s up with that?!?

  4. Philly makes me nervous.

  5. If Karstens goes 5 with minimal damage, I’ll be ok with that.

  6. I don’t know that he will be better off in the rotation than Lincoln.

  7. I love Jeff Karstens.

  8. The Philadelphia Inquirer states this with the Phillie lineup.

    If the postseason were to begin Monday, one team from Pennsylvania would qualify. Yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a slim lead on the second wild card spot. They are 38-33 on the strength of decent pitching and timely hitting. They have won six of their last eight.

    Charlie Manuel has made one Phillies lineup switch, inserting Mike Fontenot at second base. It’s Fontenot’s first start since June 15. He’s hitting .333 (18 for 54) in limited action.

    The next two days could decide the fate of Fontenot or Michael Martinez. (That’s the sort of drama these Phillies are currently reduced to.)

    With Chase Utley’s return likely Wednesday, one of those players will return to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Both have options and can be demoted without passing through waivers. Martinez plays better defense and can man shortstop if needed. Fontenot is a better hitter.

    The lineup against righty Jeff Karstens:

    1. Jimmy Rollins 6
    2. Juan Pierre 7
    3. Hunter Pence 9
    4. Carlos Ruiz 2
    5. Shane Victorino 8
    6. Placido Polanco 5
    7. Ty Wigginton 3
    8. Mike Fontenot 4
    9. Joe Blanton 1

    Read more:
    Watch sports videos you won’t find anywhere else

  9. Karstens is the definition of “pitcher”.

  10. The window is taking a quick break from making pierogies (yeah, you read that right) to bring you a DOUBLE LINE MONDAY!! Let’s open the window!!

    Line #1
    Total Runs Allowed by Jeff Karstens
    Line is 2.5

    Line #2
    Total Pirates Runs Scored
    Line is 4.5

    ** Please specify which line and how many units, the window is a terrible psychic **


    JRay3 ** 840
    Nate83 ** 690
    dcpinpgh ** 600
    Slack Boss ** 535
    radio wave ** 525
    jeffsbar ** 500
    Mlrgenuine ** 485
    Evan ** 453
    pattonbb ** 425
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 400
    JMB ** 350
    Chico ** 350
    cosmo ** 330
    JaxBuc ** 300
    Officer Mancuso ** 280
    Steve J Smith ** 250
    DemonDachshund ** 210
    MarkV ** 200
    Milo Hamilton ** 200
    likeabugonarug ** 183
    JohninOshkosh ** 175
    crkkid ** 175
    bman ** 170
    RobertoForever ** 150
    cmat0829 ** 150
    manny_sanguine ** 150
    OZ ** 100
    lckythump ** 100
    Stuart ** 75
    Sir Lochsby ** 50
    Hal Smith ** EVEN
    lawnbeaver ** EVEN
    NMR ** EVEN
    stuart66 ** -30
    JD ** -50
    Boise Bucco ** -50
    JUCOfan ** -50
    tmp444 ** -70
    bob hasis ** -75
    Kevin ** -75
    Mike C. ** -100
    Arriba Wilver ** -160
    buggee ** -200
    Bizrow ** -230
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    TDB1977 ** -740

    First Place at the end of the season will win:

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) 2012 Topps Roberto Clemente Card

  11. Put me down for 100 units on the OVAH for both.

    Gonna be a high scoring game

  12. @Playoffs

    More tough lines.

    Give me 100 on the under for the Karstens line.

  13. Playoffs –

    Line 1: 100 on the UNDER…Line 2 is a tough one, but I gotta make up some ground…soooo

    Line 2: 75 on the OVER…hmmmm. Yes, 75 on the over for runs above 4.5

    C’mon Bucs, don’t let me down!!

    Oh, and thanks for keeping the window up and running Playoffs…much fun and much appreciated!

  14. I think it’s awesome that our best starter last year is returning to a team that would probably list him as their third or even fourth starter behind Bedard. That reason alone makes me more confident in this years team as compared to last seasons. We also probably get to move resop off of the major league squad and that leaves a bullpen that doesn’t have one single guy that makes me nervous when they come in. I trust every single guy in the bullpen to get the job done a majority of the time they come in.

  15. @ playoffs

    Let me have the over on both for 50 units each.

    Thanks again!

  16. Drew Sutton won’t arrive in Philly until tomorrow at which time someone will be removed from the bullpen, according to Clint Hurdle.

    “Don’t question it, small minds like ours are quite simply incapable of keeping pace with this MENSA-like front office. Just sit back, relax, and watch the magic unfold.”

  17. Hoping Karstens comes out effective. I don’t expect him to look like the karstens that we saw last June and early July or the one we saw in his first couple of starts this season before the injury. But 5 solid innings allowing no more than 2 or 3 runs would be a good return.

  18. Jake Fox was released

  19. Window, I’ll take the over on both lines for 50 imaginary Rialls each. By the way, I think I may have confused the issue a bit. My official handle is “stuart66″ (to recognize my former childhood idols’ achieving 66 homers in one year at Lincoln Nebraska), but I frequently just sign off with “Stuart”.

    Could you just take the minus 30 listed under “stuart66″ from the plus 75 under “Stuart” and give me just one score for either one? plus 45 is looking good for me and I feel a roll coming on.


  20. Is Sutton arriving via Australia, or what?

  21. Is Sutton arriving via Australia, or what?

    What do they say? You can’t get there from here?

  22. Playoffs, are the pierogies filled ONLY with mashed potatoes, and will you prepare them in a skillet with butter and onions, for the better part of an hour medium heat. Don’t be skimpy with the onions.

    If so they will be perrrrfect.

    I hope you’re not simply going to microwave a dozen of Mrs.T’s. That’s borderline sacri-religious, but I have committed that sin myself – only in desperation.

    In the meantime, I would like 50 pierogies for the UNDER 4.5 at Line #2

    Thank you and bon appetit!

  23. @Wilver

    The Pirates gave him a day to be with his pregnant wife…

    “Can’t you see it’s all in the plan. We couldn’t possibly know what will happen between now and his arrival tomorrow. But rest assured, it’s been thoroughly hashed out behind closed doors on Federal Street. And whatever it is, it will surely stun & amaze even the most snide of Pirate fans.”

  24. 50 ducats on over 2.5 and
    50 ducats on the under 4.5

  25. Maybe they are telling Sutton not to show up until they make a deal?

    You cut Resop, he will be picked up, IMHO

  26. Biz –

    You can’t there from here.

    You have to go somewhere else and try from there.

    Sums up Sutton quite well, eh?

  27. @ Nate 83 – #15

    The ol’ Gunner is with you and definitely not a fan of Mr. Resop. He is this year’s Jose Veras. I suspect he will be on the way out of Pgh. shortly.

    I see Tabata is in the lineup tonight, maybe the Bucs are trying to showcase him. How about Tabata and a couple middle tier prospects to Minnesota for Josh Willingham? The Twins shed some salary and pick up Tabata, a guy who has some upside and might fit in with their rebuilding plans. And the Bucs get a big bat to help us conquer the Central Division.

  28. Playoffs-I’m with bob—50 on the UNDER for Line # 2.

  29. Joe Blanton has allowed 17 homeruns in 91 innings.

  30. Took the weekend off from the window after a tough couple of days. Put me down for 50 faux-Euros on the OVER for both, as the Bucs get back on the winning track with a 6-4 victory.

  31. @playoffs

    Line #1 50 on the over – Jeff may be a little rusty
    Line #2 50 on the over – More timely hitting, please.

    These lines (and all the previous ones as well) make my brains hurt in a good way.

  32. Please give me 100 fake units on the UNDER for Karstens (he will only go 5 innings) and 100 fake units on the OVER (longball, anyone?).

  33. Playoffs-

    Line 1 – 100 on the under
    Line 2 – 100 on the over

    Thank you.

  34. I’m ok with resop getting picked up. We have meek, moskos, McCutchen and Morris who I all think are better options in relief if someone gets hurt/traded. It also opens a spot on the 40 for Clement or Leroux. Wow can’t believe the pirates have difficult personnel decisions to make.

  35. An attempted CYA wager:

    Line 1 Book me for 50 fake American on the over
    Line 2 Book me for 50 fake American on the under

    Closest I can get to box these well thought out lines

    Thanks (Hope the hangover is gone. Hope there weren’t any tigers in the bathroom.)

  36. @Nate83 – I’m OK with that too, but if you can deal him, why not?

    Not that one would get much at all.

    @JH – yeah, something like that (no emoticon in honor of Drew)

  37. Resops 40 man spot would go to Sutton, I’m thinking, not Clement or Leroux

  38. @Biz

    Sutton is already on the 40 man.

  39. @ Playoffs – Welcome back. Well I am out in Vegas with work so very little time so I will have to go with my gut here.

    Line 1 – 50 on the UNDER…Karstens is coming off of his best bullpen according to him so he must feel good, and his last start at AAA he was attacking with minimal damage. And although some do not appear very high on him, I truly think he is a solid pitcher and will surprise tonight.

    Line 2 – Since I am in Vegas I took a peek at the Over/Under for runs in tonight’s game which stands at 8. The Phillies are actually favored tonight according to Vegas. Which means an under would have a 4-3 Phillies win a over a 5-4 win. I, however, do not agree with Vegas on the winner but do on runs.

    So give me 50 on the UNDER for line 2. If the Bucs win I feel it will be on the team’s mantra of pitching and defense.

    Also, as for Sutton no real surprise as they probably want the extra bullpen arm available with Lincoln still not ready after throwing on Saturday. So I say take your time Drew.

  40. I’m not entirely sure it is Resop who goes…. I could definitely see Slaten sent down instead or even Hughes… I think this would be temporary as the Pirates are trying to trade Correia and if they can, Lincoln back in starting rotation and Hughes back up to the Bucs.

  41. Ol’ Gunner,

    If you think you can get Josh Willingham for Tabata and a couple of “moderate prospects,” you have been spending too much time at your old Beer Distributorship down in Meadowlands.

    Quit testing the products.

    If you were the Twins, would YOU make that trade? They just chose to sign Willingham in the offseason!!!

  42. Take it to the bank. Willingham WILL GET traded. That said, I doubt the Twins give him away for less than LEGITIMATE PITCHING PROSPECTS. One thing the Twins aren’t shy about saying: “WE NEED PITCHING BAD”.

    They already have Span and Revere, so Tabby (while he ain’t too shabby) is not who they would want from the Bucs.

  43. Don’t forget Jared Hughes is a CL candidate.

    If they can trade Resop that’s one thing. But Neal would really have to be backed into a corner to just DFA guys like Resop or Slaten. A spot also has to be made for Leroux soon and he too is out of options.

  44. At playoffs:
    Line 1 60 on the under
    Line 2
    60 on the under

  45. You know, it’s a GOOD THING for the Pirates to have such good pitching depth that they now have the challenge of having to risk losing good pitchers like Resop and Slaten. Forced to choose between the two and I think they’d DFA Slaten before they’d do with Resop.

  46. Nate the Wide Receiver,

    Meek, Moskos, and McCutchen have done nothing to prove that they are better than Resop, either last year or this . . . . . . . and Morris has not thrown a pitch in the Major Leagues.

    Let’s slow down before we start cutting anyone/everyone.

  47. Sorry, just read DK’s column about the NHL. But to blame Donald Fehr for the 19 yers of Pirates losing? Surely you jest. I’m not going to do the research, but it’s pretty well established that lots of low revenue teams won while Fehr was in charge. It was incompetence, not finances, that led to the Streak.

  48. Playoffs – 50 on the over got both please.

    Go Bucs!

  49. 50 on the OVER for both lines, please!

  50. @Playoffs

    I see you’ve “overserved” us 2 lines today. Ha Ha.

    Line #1 – 25 Under
    Line #2 – 75 Over


  51. @Arriba

    Since 1997 (prior 15 seasons) 18 different teams have played in the World Series. So for an entire generation over half of the fan bases have seen their team in the Fall Classic. I didn’t bother going through the playoff participants in my head but off hand the A’s Dodgers Cubs, Twins and Brewers come to mind and that pushes the postseason participants in that time frame into the twenties.

    There is a imbalance to be sure but Donald Fehr didn’t stop those organizations from at least getting to the postseason and World Series.

  52. Playoffs, I forgot one thing; make certain the edges are a little browned, if not slightly crispy.

    You will not be disappointed.

  53. Oh, for what draft ratings are worth (next to nothing, probably), USA Today’s Kevin Allen rated the Pens draft/trade/acquisition maneuvers number two. Tops on the list? You might have guessed it-Carolina.

  54. Meeks done nothing? He was an all-star. McCutchen did it for longer then resop. Morris has been excellent this year. What has resop done?

  55. 50 on the under for line 1 and 50 on over for line 2. Thanks

  56. John—thanks for that. Supports what I remember reading.

    People love to blame the Fehrs and the Borases (pun intended) for our failures, but all we need is for the owners to look in a mirror.

  57. @Groat2Maz2Strangeglove – 42

    LOL – you’ve got a good point, my friend. All that product testing I do must be making me hallucinate. Maybe the Twins don’t want to get rid of high salaries. Remember all the good bats the Pirates gave away for nothing (Jason Bay, Ararmis Ramirez) – I thought maybe the Twins might just be in that mode. Let’s hope they are for the Buccos’ sake.

    Now, let’s strap it on those guys from Philthadelphia!!

  58. Playoffs – As much as I’m hoping Karstens comes out dealing, I think he gives up some runs tonight.

    Line 1 – 50 on the over
    Line 2 – 50 on the under

  59. Whoa, radio—for being late to the party you have really quietly risen in the Window’s ranks. 525? Look out JRay!

  60. @Playoffs – 50 on each UNDER.

    Thank you.

  61. Demon is one sharp cookie, he knows to bet the exact opposite of me

    Taught him well, except for the dollar I won when Jeff King drove in a hundred runs one season….

  62. Interesting interplay between Rollins and Pedro at third.

  63. Another weak effort by Tabata costs the Pirates a run.

  64. Tabata continues not to hustle, and further proves he is a useless dogger

  65. Bad News Bears.

  66. Its little league ball. Geez, Tabata.

  67. Those first two games in Philadelphia were started by Halladay and Lee, but they played the ugliest defense they’ve played in those 19 years. The Pirates are embarrassing themselves like that again.

  68. And they brushed aside Lincoln for this

  69. How does Alvarez even THINK he should make that throw???

  70. Playoffs Is that run total for Karstens, earned runs? Cuz if not the Ovah wins line 1 just like that.

  71. Keystone cops.

  72. My goodness, Jones can’t get the ball off Rollins hit and then all hell breaks loose with Tabata and Alvarez airmailing two balls on the same weak hit to RF. 3-0 Phillies and 1 out, this isn’t a good sign for Karstens.

  73. And there’s the over on the first one. Glad I didn’t make it online in time to lose on this one…

  74. And to think I was looking at Line 2 as the tough choice…whoda thunk it?

  75. Is it too late to put 100 on the Over for # 1? :-)

  76. He’s not missing any bats so far

  77. another Tabata throw to 3B gets by Alvarez and Victorino scores…. unreal

  78. Any update on Tabata’s request to wear #21 ? Just wondered.

  79. @Milo – He seems to think he’s Clemente in RF, he’s not even Jose Guillen.

  80. @Milo:

    Jose Tabata=Timmy Lupus

    Morris Buttermaker would be proud.

  81. Timmy Lupus…LOL. Nice.

  82. The Phillies are a last place baseball team. They are coming off a doubleheader sweep on a Sunday where they threw their two best pitchers. They are ripe for the picking and the Pirates brought the circus to town. Immature.

  83. How soon can we get Tabata to Indy? He is in way over his head and really needs some training!

  84. Its still early folks

    The PDogs are not as bad as their record

    The question is, is the PBC as good as theirs?

  85. @John

    He almost got Engle-puke killed.

  86. Are we allowed to talk negative when the Bucs are playing like bad little leaguers?

  87. Knowing that I lost already on line 1, just want to clarify in the hopes of salvaging something in my miserable gambling career…earned runs or just runs?

  88. I am in tears laughing…seriously.

  89. That effort from Tabata on the fly ball was terrible. The 2 errors. Clint should actually think about pulling him.

  90. Kinda salty right now.

  91. Barmes here comes your routine 6-4-3

  92. Barmes is killing me.

  93. Larry Bowa commenting on this game “Man, that’s just some really bad baseball. Pirates have been playing good, then a game like this pops up and makes you think they’re just not that good”.

    What a genius. He’s going to look at one half of an inning being pitched by a guy that’s been out for a while, and make that kind of “in depth” analysis. He was overrated as a player, definitely overrated as a manager, and he stinks on mlb.

    Sorry, back to your regularly scheduled entertainment. I just can’t stand the guy.

  94. Personally, I think Tabata should have caught Pence’s ” hit” but I don’t get the 2 errors on him.

  95. Are we allowed to talk negative when the Bucs are playing like bad little leaguers?

    Yes, just not on that other site

    The PBC pays more people to post there….

  96. Just because the game is Pennsylvania doesn’t mean they have become the Keystone Cops

  97. Kinda funny that the issue earlier was bad mouthing the # 8 hitter.

  98. Who comes up if Barajas is really hurt?

  99. What would Gardy do?

  100. The system is “flooded with talent”

    Not to worry if Barabbas is hurt

    Ze Plan is in place

    Gardy would take a knee and punt

  101. @Chico, one would think Morales would come up, but one would think Mercer would have played more, the BMTIB would have had more balance in drafts, ie, HITTERS

    And by now, Huntington would have passed at least one Dale Carnegie class…

    Just sayin

    Its early, BEAT EM BUCS

  102. Good moral support for Tabata. That embarrassment turned into anger and he hit a HR. Don’t give up the ship and find a way to win and this will be a springboard for the roadtrip.

  103. Have you ever seen a better display – and successfully so – of hitting the ball where it’s pitched?

  104. Biz

    Love your enthusiasm…with you all the way. 1 bad inning…LET’S GO BUCS!!

  105. This stolen base stuff is ridiculous.

  106. Ug……….as in Ug-ly……

    Now THAT’S in-depth analysis.

  107. I missed the beginning of the steal Milo, but alot is contributed to the pitchers….

  108. I see why Blanton gives up a lot of homeruns…….4 seamer seems very straight, though good movement on 2 seamer, not alot of gas though.

  109. Agree with you guys-

    To reference another great movie from the 70′s: “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”

  110. @Ryan

    I’m not assigning blame. It just needs to stop.

  111. A memory from my avid fantasy baseball days – NEVER start a pitcher, on your fantasy team, who in the real game is making his first start after a stint on the DL. It’s the most predictable thing in baseball. Karstens rocks and he will be fine. But not tonight, and iffy next time. These starts just have to be gotten through, more time in AAA doesn’t eliminate the “starters stink when coming off the DL” effect. On the flip side of this equation, the Phils may be dysfunctional so far this season, but make no mistake, they are one of the perrenial championship contenders in this sport for reasons which include the potency of their lineup. GO BUCS!

  112. So Blanton can be had…who is gonna take him? Apologize for the delay, remember I am the guy who can’t watch so I have to wait for MLB Scoreboard and TribLive to get the updates…

  113. @Milo

    Can’t argue that

  114. How come nobody’s calling for McKenry’s butt?? Like the guy, don’t get me wrong, but producing at the plate is not his game.

    For all that’s said about Barmes and Tabata, 2 guys that have RBI’s tonight, The Fort has been the worst hitter of all.

    Time for a change, hopefully Barajas’ injury isn’t serious. I think its about time for a Jose Morales sighting……….

    Off to All star practice.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  115. Well there’s a pleasant surprise; I thought for sure we were the only ones unable to bunt

  116. No matter they just steal second anyway

  117. Looking like a Doug Slaten night.

  118. Sorry, the great peirogie endeavor has consumed my last 4 hours.
    To answer many questions all at once, Yes, Line #1 was for total runs, not earned runs, so the OVER has Line #1 already.

    For the record, John Russell would be very proud of this game.

  119. @Ryan

    Agreed. Been a fan of Jose’s for a while. Interesting background with the Twins. Seemed like everytime he got promoted, he got hurt. When he made his major league debut, was 0 for 2, then ripped a double. Tore up his knee sliding into second. Worked his way back and over .300 2 seasons later. Hope he gets a chance.

    Is anyone hearing whether Hot Rod is hurt enough to hit the DL?

  120. Barajas has a bone bruise to the left knee. Happened on a foul tip.

  121. @Milo

    Thanks. Was listening to Phillies radio in the first and they talked about Rollins clipping him on the slide in the first. Not listening since then so wondering.

  122. That’s the 9th error for Barmes this year. He made 12 all last season.

  123. There is your veteran defense on display. Even if he fields it cleanly, he never throws him out.
    Just a humble opinion wrapped in a bold statement

  124. Did I mention that Barmes is killing me?

  125. I see many negative comments about Tabata tonight. Good to see a lot of you are agreeing with me about his lousy attitude. As far as the possibility of him wearing #21, surely you jest. That would be sacreligious to say the least. The truth is he shouldn’t even being wearing Pirate uniform #31. A trip to the minors is truly in order for this headcase and the sooner, the better!

    As my namesake would say Tabata needs to get on the noon balloon to Saskatoon.

  126. @ Milo – And to think many think Barmes is a solid defender at SS. Should have been credited with an error yesterday as well.

    Well I thought it would take some pitching and defense to pull this one out, and it appears we will receive neither tonight.

    The more and more I see of our corner OF situation the more and more I truly hope NH is working to add Willingham to this club.

  127. @Ryan #118

    I know your at All-Star practice, but the story with The Fort is exactly the same as with Barmes and hopefully Tabata, and that is until we get someone better we are stuck. The Fort’s failings at the plate do not in any way minimize Barmes and Tabata futility.

    With regard to the rbi’s generated by Barmes and Tabata tonight, you have heard of the blind squirrel and the acorn? Right?

    I will leave you with the “cheering” for The Fort, if you so desire.

  128. @JRay

    If you look at the stats from last year, Barmes & Cedeno both had 12 errors and identical .978 fielding percentages.

  129. It is looking more like NH is going to have to eat Clint “the $10 million dollar man” Barmes contract. This guy makes Ronny Cedeno look like Dick Groat, Gene Alley, Tim Foli, Jay Bell, and Jack Wilson combined. I even think Sammy Khalifa looked better than Barmes even though his big league career was rather short.

    What do you think the chances are the Bucs will give up on this loser?

  130. @Gunner

    Before the end of this year ? A 0% chance.

  131. @Milo

    The stats and facts you are always able to instantly dredge up, are most helpful. But I know you and I are among an ever increasing bunch here that can tell he (Barmes) is very ordinary just by the way he handles the chores required.

    The rest is up to NH

  132. Biz—:-) (the hell with Drew)

  133. Joe Blanton had allowed at least 5 earned runs in 6 of his last 7 starts.

  134. Phillies bullpen is worn from a DH yesterday, Blanton is over 100 pitches and the 4th time facing him by the lineup go 1-2-3 out at the old ball game. They will never win anything if they don’t hold themselves up to a higher standard. This is a garbage performance.

  135. @bob

    We’re in 100% agreement here. I was just pointing out what the Pirates thought they were getting as opposed to what they actually got. I never thought the guy would hit, but I thought he could at least field the position.

  136. @ Milo – 139

    And to think, they could have signed Cedeno for under $2 million. Heck, Jack Wilson at 50% is much better than Barmes & I think he is only making around $1 million with the Braves.

    2012 Barmes = 2011 Overbay

  137. Best thing about the Phils loading the bases is that they can’t steal.

  138. Pretty obvious Slaten will go to make room for Sutton.

  139. . . . . and Cedeno is hitting a respectably consistant .245 – .250. Everyone likes to draw from the blunders that Cedeno pulled (I witnessed a few myself), but they allow that to provide a smoke screen for the overall value he was to a real real bad team.
    He’s 29, perhaps turned 30, but Barmes is a way over the hill 33.

    Great job Mr. Huntington

  140. Sometimes I get the feeling that this team needs a kick in the ass and that Clint Hurdle isn’t the type of person to provide it, it has to fall to a player.

  141. With Slaten at 40 pitches in a relief role tonight I think we have our answer to whom will be optioned tomorrow to open a spot on roster for Drew Sutton.

  142. @ Bob – That is the most frustrating part about the discussion on Barmes, everybody wants to mention he was listed as a top 5 FA SS, but nobody mentions it was considered a very WEAK crop after Reyes and Rollins. I just fail to let people try to convince me we upgraded immensely in the position, when in my opinion we have maybe taken a very small step backwards.

    The true problem to this though is the organization just has not done a good job in developing somebody to handle the SS position for us from within thus having to put a band aid on the situation.

  143. 22,

    Check out the “E” column in the box score. There’s been enough kicking tonight. ;-)

  144. Strange game indeed……Everything looks better this year than last….Our squad in PGH and our depth in the minors…..We need Marte and Sanchez to pick up their game in AAA…..Brock Holt in AA putting up decent numbers for a SS……All aspects of the PBC are looking up….Youk traded to Chi-sox…good….

  145. No convenience list for Lurch.

  146. @Milo

    Not so fast (a little assist from my friend Lee Corso; haven’t you ever seen a triple steal?

    We are capable of allowing one.

  147. Krimeny. The team leads MLB for 5 weeks, has one bad night, and the vultures are out.

  148. @OM

    Yeah that’s right, we’re allowed to rest on our laurels; you know what Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, Bill Parcells would say to that.

    It’s ok to play like amateurs because in truth we’re real pros – for five weeks.

  149. That’s two of those professional DP’s for Barmes tonight. Man he is great

    Pathos, Pathos Pathos

  150. The Phillies are a team that used to be good but aren’t anymore. They still know how to win. Bring your ‘A’ game to the ballpark you win, bring your ‘F’ game to the field and you get taken out with the trash by the trash.

  151. Hey, we have 3 more games against the Philthies – let;s put this one behind us and go at ‘em tomorrow night.

    Now, it is time for Monday Night Raw.

  152. @ OM – I don’t feel the vultures are out as it is the same players with the same sub standard performance I think most of us are concerned with. If we do not make improvements in a very competitive race both for the Central and the Wild Card we could let this very solid first 72 games go by the wayside.

    I know I have been singing the praises of CH, the starters, the bullpen, Cutch, Walker, and the improvements from Barajas, McGehee etc. But tonight is further proof this club is weak at SS, corner OF could use a catcher with the ability to throw out a base stealer.

  153. just call it a night to forget

  154. Barmes = killing me.

  155. 2 out of 4 from the Phillies in Philly won’t be so bad………Let’s do it………..

  156. My wife says that too, Arriba

  157. I had the opportunity to hear some Chicago sports talk while driving around today. Both the hosts and callers were very pleased that Kenny Williams made the move for Youkilis. They didn’t think Youkilis was the greatest player by any means but they appreciated the GM’s aggressiveness to address the ChiSox glaring deficiency at third base (even the incumbent the O-Dog said he didn’t belong there). they also appreciated the move in light of the Sox having a good chance to surprise folks and take the AL Central.

    I think most of us similarly appreciated NH getting D=Lee last year. I’m not suggesting that Youkilis would have been a good fit, but JRay and others are right: it would be a shame to waste this pleasantly surprising run without a move.

    Kenny Williams knows somewhat what he is doing. Ge has a ring to prove it.

  158. I know I’m 4 hours late for this, but how do you punt when you’re on your knee?

    Somebody call Huntington. He’ll be able to explain it.

    I won’t understand it, but he’ll be able to explain it.

    (Freaking Barmes)

    What was I saying?

  159. So The Window spent most of the afternoon and evening preparing and cooking pierogies. They were magnificent, if I do say so myself. The Bucs on the other hand….not so much. Karstens really never had a chance and the OVER took the first line. The Bucs put guys on base, but that was really about it and the UNDER won the second line. Thanks to everyone who played. See you tomorrow.

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  160. Hey, it’s one bad game, no big deal, but they did stink tonight, and no way to polish that rose ( or whatever). I still wonder what Gardy would do.

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