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Game 86 Open Thread: Phillies at Pirates

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Arrrrrgh!

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Avast ye mateys!

OK, I can't keep this up. Just pretend the rest of this game thread is in pirate speak.

Um, guess who the Phillies are facing tonight? It's the Pirates! Yaaaay!

Today's Lineups

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Ben Revere - CF Gregory Polanco - RF
Jimmy Rollins - SS Starling Marte - LF
Chase Utley - 2B A. McCutchen - CF
Ryan Howard - 1B Neil Walker - 2B
Marlon Byrd - RF Russell Martin - C
Cody Asche - 3B Josh Harrison - 3B
Koyie Hill - C Gaby Sanchez - 1B
Tony Gwynn Jr. - LF Jordy Mercer - SS
R. Hernandez - RHP Gerrit Cole - RHP

The Pirates have picked up the pace a little bit, and they've got Gerrit Cole back now. I love Gerrit Cole, but I still want the Phillies to beat him.

The Phils showed a bit of life last night, and it was good to see. Can they keep it going? Let's find out together!

Also, today is Independence Day. Everyone celebrates in their own way, and I like to reflect on how absolutely insane and incredible it still is, to this day, that America gained its independence from Great Britain. The best way to describe my awe at is through the power of music.

I mean, who doesn't love a good Sousa march or two? Happy birthday, America! Discuss the game in the comments below.