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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Normally, I expect the Phillies to get blown out when Kyle Kendrick starts, but he pitched pretty well last night. He allowed 7 batters to reach base over 7 innings.
My biggest complaint would have to be Polanco's baserunning in the 6th inning. With 0 outs, and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Hunter Pence hit a line drive to CF. Rick Ankiel was forced to make a diving catch, which you would assume would be enough to score Polanco from 3rd if he were tagging up. However, he was not near the base, and as a result the Phillies did not score a run in the inning. They lost by a final of 2-1. You do the math.
Tonight, Roy Halladay throws the ball first, and Jordan Zimmerman will be the first National throwing the ball (2nd to Halladay, of course)... Has anyone else noticed the absurd amount of "ceremonial first pitches" thrown out before Phillies home games this season? The night that Brian Dawkins threw out the "ceremonial first pitch", he was the third to do so. Terrible. I agree with Mr. Musser. There should be "ceremonial first stolen bases" and "ceremonial first hit by pitches" if you're going to have so many ceremonies.