On To Miami

A reminder, the Phillies do not play tonight.  On some of the early editions of the Phillies schedule we are listed for a 7:10 game in Miami tonight.  That was before the NFL scheduled a Monday night game in Land-Shark Stadium.

So, there is a 4:10 double-header tomorrow with the second-place Marlins who trail the Phillies by 8 games with 14 to go in the regular season.

Different Pattern
In taking two of three in Atlanta, the Phillies followed a different pattern.  In their five previous games, the starting pitcher went deep into games.  Over the weekend, Happ and Martinez left early because of minor ailments and Lee was shut down after a 111-minute rain delay yesterday.  Three starters: 10 total innings.

The thin bullpen took over and picked up two wins and a save. Good to see Clay Condrey back in action.  Healthy relievers have become a premium for the Phillies.  Brett Myers and Jack Taschner are the latest to not be available.

While there was one unearned run allowed by the bullpen in the three games, Brad yielded  what I consider a tainted run.  The runner on first base advanced to second on “defensive indifference” and scored on a two-out single.  That has happened against Lidge more than once.  Seems as if the baseball rules committee should consider looking into defensive indifference runs.  Should such runs pad an ERA or not?  

National TV
ESPN will carry Wednesday’s game in Miami, subject to blackout rules in the Philly area.

Congrats
Dusty Wathan and his Lakewood BlueClaws won the South Atlantic League Championship on Friday in Greenville, SC.

First-year centerfielder Anthony Gose hit .407 in six postseason games for Lakewood with 3 stolen bases, all coming Friday night.

BlueClaws will receive their championship rings during spring training next March in Clearwater.

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