The Benefits of Being a Local-Watching Major League Pitchers–for FREE

As you know, Baseball Ross and I sold our house up North and moved here to Clearwater, there’s a lot of benefits but one I like is that we can go to the Carpenter Complex thinking we’re just going to watch “the Kids” and get to see Major League talent.

Today was just one of those days. We very nearly didn’t come as it was raining right until we left the house but the sun and the stars came out.

Today it was Kyle Kendrick and Carlos Ruiz.

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It’s hard to watch intra squad games like they are playing in today…what happens is the team with Kendrick and Ruiz start off an inning like you’d expect, but the other team starts each inning in “a situation”. For example, runners at first and third or first and second. Score is not really kept and it’s more for practice than a “game”.

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What a great day for baseball

It was a great day for baseball. The sun was shining, a cool breeze, two games to watch…ahh, this life is good.

Derrick Mitchell went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base.

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Derrick Mitchell on his way to steal second.

Kyle Kendrick pitched four innings today in the AAA game.

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They had the minor league pitchers in to practice bunting in scoring situations.

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Austin Wright prepares to bunt.

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Jesse Biddle smiles after successfully executing a sacrifice bunt.

It was just a great day for baseball.

Pop goes the Pods

After the lackadaisical day the Phils had yesterday, I took my time getting to my seat. I stayed in the shade behind home plate and only wandered to my sun-drenched seat in Section 118 a few minutes before the national anthem.

The first half of the first was average, Cliff Lee was slipping into his mid-season form. The Pirates pitcher was sooooo slow. so very slow. He gave up a run….then another….then Lee   sat the Pirates down…then Mr. Slow…Thome managed to come home…

This pitcher was so slow that people were heckling him, “Come on! Hurry it up! We’re baking to death out here!” and “It’s 85! Get a move on!”. Indeed he was slow, it took over forty minutes for only TWO innings. He gave up two more before they sat him down after pitching 3 innings.

Cliff Lee held them scoreless through six and in the 7th, Kyle Kendrick came in. Things were about to heat up…literally, the scoreboard read a sweltering 87 degrees.

It also started getting ugly. Kendrick was getting ready to pitch when Yamico Navarro put him arm back and started waving at the umpire. I assume he was trying to call for a time out…but the ump didn’t call it. The pitch was a strike. On the next pitch Kendrick pegged him on the arm and a pinch runner came in for Navarro.

It got uglier as during the bottom of the 7th, the Pirate pitcher beaned Miguel Abreu in retaliation for Kendrick’s hit on Navarro. Abreu was unhurt.

Antonio Bastardo came in at the top of the 8th with a 4-0 lead. Bastardo gave up 3 runs. After that, Cholly gave him the hook and brought in Michael Stutes. Stutes gave up another run so the game was tied.

Nothing happened until the bottom of the 9th. The game was tied and there was no one warming up for the Phils in the bullpen. This was it. There were two outs when Scott Posednik came up to the dish. They say revenge is a dish best served cold…and the Pirate pitcher threw AT Pods…The ball went behind him. Pods retaliated by taking the next pitch….

AND SENDING IT OVER THE RIGHT FIELD FENCE! Game winning home run! Take that you scalawags!

Posednik was the hero of the day and may be this will knock the Phils out of their phunk, err, funk. At least we know that Kendrick and Posednik still have some spunk.