PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 30: Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies slides into second base as Charlie Manuel waits to berate him in the dugout and the jet from LA waits patiently to come get him. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
I'll admit to being high on pain killers right now, so what I'm about to recap may or may not have actually happened. I'm kind of convinced that I'm having some mild delusional type hallucinations, because well, It's all just a bit too surreal.
Anyway, you'll have to be the judge as to what actually happened and what didn't. here. I'm pretty sure the phillies won the game by a score of 3-2.
I also think Martinez and Wiggington were your corner OF's and Lerud got the start at Catcher. But that might be the drugs. Or it might just be a fitting way to understand just how far we've come this season.
Seriously. How'd you like to be the guy who drew the day game from the season ticket pack with todays lineup?
I DO know that Kyle Kendrick threw a meatball of a sinker on an 0-1 pitch to Mets leadoff hitter and power threat extraordinaire Mike Baxter. I know this because it was right AFTER that pitch that I knew I'd need the painkiller to get me through the game. He also then settled town to strike out Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis both in that first inning. After giving up the obligatory HR to newly minted Philly killer Scott Hairston in the second (and putting the Phils down 2-0) Kendrick was nothing short of brilliant the rest of the day. He would give up no more runs, allow just 5 hits and retire 13 batters in a row over the next 5 innings, finishing the day with 0 BB, 6 K's in 7 2/3.
In the top of the 3rd, with 2 outs, I could swear I saw Jimmy Rollins hustle something fierce out of the box on a 2-2 pitch and turned what should have been a single on a soft fly ball to RF into a pure hustle double. (Seriously, watch that play again and name 5 other players in the game right now who would have been smart enough to make that play happen.) Kevin Frandsen would single him home (his second of 4 hits on the day) to make the score 2-1.
We'd do the little things in a similar way in the 4th and 5th, a mayberry single, followed by a Wiggington double in the 4th tied the game, and a leadoff double by Kevin "shoes of gold" Frandsen, an Utley FC and a Ryan Howard Sac fly made the game 3-2 good guys.
It gets kinda hazy from there....
-Mike Schmidt may or may not have taken over as third base coach for the Mets.
-Lenny Dykstra spit tobacco through my television, wearing handcuffs, a bra, a mets cap and phillies blue pants...(Actually that really happened in 1992 in clearwater I think...)
-I think Sarge made soup. It smelled delicious.
-Ike Davis did not run out a pop up and no one booed. This may be because I just realized he was white today.
-Jimmy Rollins jogged out a silly simple pop up to pitcher Jonathan Niese, who WHOOPS! dropped it! Silly Jimmy! Jimmy then hustled to first, but should have been on second, Wheels chastised him, then Jimmy STOLE second because he know Charlie was gonna be pissed, and then, get this... Jimmy got caught between second and third on a ground ball up the middle on the next pitch, when Kendrick went no where from 3rd base.
-Charlie and Jimmy had words in the dugout, and I think jimmy quit, because the next thing I knew, Dee Gordon was playing SS.
- So I clicked over to the Dodger game. Sure as hell, Jimmy was wearing Dodger blue! he seemed happy, content, he was smiling again, and Vin scully was talking about how he's 2nd in runs scored, 3rd in home runs, 3rd in stolen bases, and 3rd in WAR among all qualified SS in baseball this year. He also went on to tell us that when he was younger, Jimmy, from the Oakland area, was in a rap video with MC Hammer, and they are still friends to this day.
-The phone rang and I flipped back to the Phils game.
-still 3-2 Tug got the save! Ya. Gotta believe!
Good luck in LA Jimmy. Say hi to Shane.