I Hate My Sinuses!

Today’s entry is going to be a short one, because right now I’m developing a wicked headache. I’m not sure if I’m getting a cold, or my allergies are acting up, but all I know is that my sinuses are doing something which is resulting in post nasal drip, which is causing me to sneeze and cough. The coughing is now unfortunately giving me a headache.

Anyway, a few quick thoughts from the holiday weekend.

Phils Take 2 of 3 From Yankees

Brett Myers pitched well on Friday to lead the Phillies to a 7-3 win, which I recounted in my last entry.

On Saturday, J.A. Happ went 6 innings and would have been in line to get the win, as the Phillies were up 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. Then Brad Lidge entered the game and all hell broke loose. Johnny Damon walked to lead off the inning, and then with one out, A-Rod homered to tie it up. Robinson Cano then singled and subsequently stole second, so that Melky Cabrera’s bloop into short center allowed him to score the winning run. Yanks win, 5-4.

The way the Yankees reacted, you’d have thought they just won the World Series. Heck, even a come-from-behind-in-the-ninth win should be old news for them, as they lead the majors with 17 come-from-behind wins, with nine of those coming in the final at-bat.

Sunday, Cole Hamels allowed two runs in six innings of work. The Phillies had a slim 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, and once again, Brad Lidge blew the save. This time the game went into extra innings, with Carlos Ruiz knocking in the game-winning run in the top of the 11th, giving the Phillies a 4-3 victory.

John Mayberry, Jr. Makes His Debut

Mayberry made his major-league debut in Saturday’s game, and made a splash by hitting a 3-run homer for his first big-league hit. He also added a double, to go 2-for-3 on the day.

Why, just last Tuesday I saw John taking some big cuts at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs game:

mayberry.jpgCongratulations John!

What Is Up With Lidge?

Brad Lidge blew two consecutive save opportunities this weekend. Is his knee more of a factor than he and the Phillies are letting on? Is the pressure of living up to the expectations that resulted from last season’s perfection getting into his head? Is it something else entirely? Whether the issue is physical or mental, I hope the Phillies and Lidge soon figure out what is wrong, and please, please, please take steps to remedy the problem. We need a healthy and effective Lidge!

Monday of the Marlins

Other than Ryan Howard, the Phillies offense was lackluster yesterday in a 5-3 loss to the Marlins. Howard provided all the offense, with a two-run homer in the first, and a solo shot in the sixth. Jamie Moyer allowed 4 runs, with three of them coming on a home run by Wes Helms in the fourth, after Moyer walked the first two batters of the inning. Helms went 3-for-4 on the day with 4 RBIs.

Hey Wes, how come you never had games like that when you were a Phillie?

The Phillies and Marlins meet again tonight, with Joe Blanton facing off against Andrew Miller. Come on, guys, let’s get back on the winning track!

(photo by me)


Sue – thank your guys for beating the Yankees 2 out of 3 from the Yankees! And I feel your pain. I just went on steroids for my posion ivy; I guess I won’t be taking any MLB drug tests soon! lol!


Aha! PEDs! Now we know the secret of your blogging abilities!

Hope you’re feeling better soon, Sue. No fun not being able to breathe! At least you no longer have to watch Lidge give it up to the Yanks.🙂 Good series for your guys otherwise. That catcher Ruiz is fantastic.


Hi, stopped by to see how all things are in Suedom, only to find you dont feel well. Hope today is going better for you

Maybe Blanton’s pitching helped you feel better? =) Was a fine thing to see, wasn’t it?

Carol, How ‘Bout Those Phils

Jane – Actually, I can breathe OK, I just have a lot of sinus pressure. Ruiz is really blossoming this year – he calls a good game and is defensively solid, and his hitting seems to be improving.
Carol – Thanks, no headache so far today. Hopefully this will start to clear up. Blanton pitched great last night! What a nice surprise.

Hope you are feeling better! And yeah, Wes pisses me off…seems like they all wait until they leave the Phillies to actually play!


Hope you feel better soon!! So cool that you guys took two out of three from the Yankees! That shows them who’s really the champions, huh?🙂

Hi, Sue,
Yep. An easy way to notice Charlie’s weight loss is to go to ebay, and type in’ Charlie Manuel card’ – and you’ll see a bunch of his Phillies cards from when he first came here. He was REALLY heavy! =) He’s wasting away suddenly now.

I’d love for Myers to be sharp again tonight.


Lidge is an enigma this year. Hope you are feeling better!

Sue, it seems like I was sick most of the spring so I feel your pain. Hopefully its cleared or clearing up by now.

Thanks everyone! I am feeling better today – I’m pretty sure it’s my allergies acting up. Some years I have no problem at all, but whatever is different this spring, I wish it would finish pollinating! My allergies manifest themselves as a persistent cough from post nasal drip. Fortunately it seems to be winding down.

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