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Monday, June 10, 2013

Game 59: In a crazy game, John Mayberry comes through twice (29-30)

One of my big questions from this game was: Why is Erik Kratz catching in the bullpen when he could potentially be needed to pinch hit?  In the bottom of the 7th, after Pettibone had thrown 98 pitches, the Phillies began to mount a rally down 2-0.  Erik Kratz was shown in the bullpen throughout the inning before he was called in to pinch hit.  After a Freddy Galvis strikeout, Kratz had to run in from the OF, remove his equipment and go hit.  It's ridiculous that he's needed to catch in the bullpen at any point, but even more so when it's even a realistic possibility that he could be used as a PH.  I'm not claiming running in from the bullpen should be all that taxing even to the less athletic ball players, but I feel like Kratz would be at even more of a disadvantage not being able to swing a bat and get warmed up prior to pinch hitting.  Regardless, he hit a game tying two-run double.

In the bottom of the 8th, Bob Davidson ridiculously called out Ben Revere for runner interference on a head first slide at second base on the inevitable Michael Young double play ball.  I'm not exactly sure why Revere slid head first, but he didn't really hook the second baseman's leg.  It was a pretty terrible call, and what was even more outrageous to me was that Davidson didn't call the foul immediately.  He watched the result at first base to see if Young was safe or out before deciding to rob the Phillies.

Antonio Bastardo threw a wild pitch that allowed a run to score in the top of the 10th inning.  Mayberry hit a lead off homer in the bottom of the 10th.  He then hit a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th.  Hopefully, he made a strong enough case to never sit instead of Delmon Young again...


Robby Bonfire said...

I do believe that officials in all major sports "supplement" their listed income with a little action on the side, or a little "bag man" receptivity back at the motel. You see some of the calls in football, you cannot possibly believe otherwise, unless you are stupid and naïve in a corrupted world.

Robby Bonfire said...

So many tout services claim to have "inside information." Well, bribing the umpiring crew would certainly be a leg up, in that respect. In the old days they were just lying through their teeth that they had "inside connections." I once actually worked for a couple of telemarketing pros who used to call their lead cards and actually tell people they were getting hot tips at private parties they were attending from an NFL owner whom they actually NAMED over the phone. He is gone now, so I won't besmirch him, plus it was just not credibly, in the heyday of telemarketing fraud and misrepresentation, anyway.

Robby Bonfire said...

Just came across a Phillies blog I wrote for the now defunct Most Valuable Network, back in 2005.

The gist of the column is that Jimmy Rollins, the fixture in the Phillies lead-off position at that time, who sported a composite .310 OBP, actually had a .265 OBP 49-185) when leading off an inning.

I'm the GM, the "Twilight Zone" manager tolerating this debacle is gone in 20 seconds of "You're fired" bombast. It is just unbelievable that this original-soup amoeba manager is STILL on the scene eight years of comatose bungling, later.

I thought "change" was the immutable law of the physical universe, until I met the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Now I know the laws of nature and physics can be defied and overcome. This is a break-through scientific revelation of the highest magnitude.