The Unexpected

Hey, perhaps we should meet President Obama more often.  Since we visited the President at the White House on Friday noon, we’re 4-0.  Hopefully, President Obama was on the team charter to Cincinnati last night.

The Nationals are scuffling right now and we took advantage. 

Andrew Carpenter and Sergio Escalona, two rookies, picked up the last two wins.  Carpenter started on Saturday night and didn’t last the 5 innings that are required to be eligible for a win but the game was called after 5.  A baseball rule for a rain-shortened game provided Andrew with a W.  Sergio made his debut with one scoreless inning yesterday and came out the winner.

With a three-game series against the Yankees this weekend in New York, look for a roster move, adding a bat and deleting one of the relievers.  The Phillies will be allowed to use the DH in that series.

Rookie pitchers getting back-to-back wins is an example the unexpected nature of this game.  Carpenter and Escalona are tied with Hamels in wins; starter Brad Myers and reliever Clay Condrey share the club lead in wins with three each.  Unexpected?

Looking at box scores, a pair of former Phillies are putting up big numbers, C Rod Barajas with the Blue Jays is hitting .310 and Ryan Branyan, now playing first base on a daily basis in Seattle, is batting .300 with 9 homers.  Unexpected?

Yesterday in St. Petersburg, Rays manager Joe Maddon made a mistake in filling out the lineup.  He listed both Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist at 3B.  Longoria was supposed to be the DH.

Cleveland waited until the game started and then called the mistake to the umpires’ attention.  Following a 13-minute delay, the umps ruled that Longoria was out of the lineup and starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine had to bat in the three hole.  Sonnanstine had an RBI double.

In the box score the 13-minute delay was listed as a “rain delay.”  A rain delay is unexpected since the game was played indoors in the Tropicana Dome.

 

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