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Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

PHI: 76-74, 3rd in NL East; ATL: 86-64, 4th in NL East

When: September 21-23
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 3.95) vs Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.03) vs Mike Minor (9-10, 4.31)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (6-7, 3.27) vs Tim Hudson (15-6, 3.77)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, FOX 
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Series Preview: at Cincinnati Reds

PHI: 64-70, 3rd in NL East; CIN: 82-53, 1st in NL Central

When: September 3-5
Where: Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati, OH)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 4.50) vs Johnny Cueto (17-6, 2.48)
Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (8-9, 4.01) vs Mat Latos (11-4, 3.78)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (8-7, 4.02) vs Mike Leake (7-8, 4.45)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 1:10, CSN
Tuesday, 7:10, CSN
Wednesday, 12:35, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

Series Preview: vs Cincinnati Reds

PHI: 56-65, 4th in NL East; CIN: 74-48, 1st in NL Central

When: August 20-23
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (6-7, 3.80) vs Mike Leake (5-7, 4.29)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.83) vs Homer Bailey (10-8, 4.16)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (6-8, 4.11) vs Bronson Arroyo (9-7, 3.96)
Thursday:  Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94) vs Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.44)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

Phils drop another one in extras

Phillies SP Cliff Lee got the no-decision, yet again avoiding his first win of the season. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Blue Jays 5, Phillies 4 (10 innings)
WP – Francisco Cordero (2-4, 5.47)
LP – Joe Savery (0-2, 4.43)

TORONTO — Extra innings have not been kind to the Phillies this season.

With the game tied at 5 in the 10th inning, Rajai Davis connected on a two-out RBI double to plate Yunel Escobar to win it for the Blue Jays.

The eighth inning proved to be the difference for the Phillies.

With Jose Bautista already on base, Edwin Encarnacion singled to left field. John Mayberry Jr. threw to ball in to Jimmy Rollins because Encarnacion was trying to advance to second base. Rollins threw the ball away and allowed both runners to score to cut the lead to 5-4.

J.P. Arencibia followed with a game-tying RBI double down the left field line that just stayed fair. With that, Cliff Lee continued his winless 2012 season.

Chad Qualls was responsible for allowing Toronto to tie the game.

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AAA Recap: IronPigs 4, Bisons 3 (Tuesday Night)

TTB Staffer Chris Bengel was in attendance for a AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs game Tuesday night against the Buffalo Bisons (NY Mets) and recapped the game.

IronPigs SP Tom Cochran. (Douglas Kilpatrick / LHV The Morning Call)

The IronPigs came away with a 4-3 win in 11 innings on Tuesday night.

Domonic Brown was one of the guys I was most intrigued to see. Obviously, Brown wasn’t expected to make the Phillies roster and the team wanted to see him get more seasoning at Lehigh Valley.

Brown was impressive against the Buffalo Bisons as he went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

In his first at-bat, Brown was patient. He waited for his pitch and delivered a single into left field.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Brown was up again with a chance to bring Scott Podsednik home. Brown did the job as he skyed a pitch to left field to give the IronPigs a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly.

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Roy-Freshing: Oswalt K’s season-high 9 in win

Phils starter Roy Oswalt struck out a season-high nine in eight shut out innings of work against the Nationals. The Phils won, 5-0. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Ryan Zimmerman punched the Phillies’ gut with a walk-off grand slam Friday night, but in typical Phillies fashion, they bounced back and took down the Nationals on, what I guess you could call ‘the road.’

It took until the fourth inning for a team to tally a run tonight’s game at Nationals Park, when Wilson Valdez sliced a two-run triple to right field, scoring John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Ruiz. The scoring on that play was a bit favorable to Valdez, being that Jayson Werth played a game of hop scotch out in the right-outfield corner, allowing Valdez to score.

The Phillies tacked on three more runs en route to a 5-0 victory.

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Bring your mullets… it’s 80’s Night at CBP

Seriously, who doesn’t love the 80’s?! I know TTB’s own Dan MacNeal has popped some 80’s wood today and is rockin’ his old Hulkamania costume. [Somewhere, Dan really hates me now]

Or remember that time we thought JibJab was cool?

The Phillies are celebrating the wonderful decade, which despite being born in, I’m thankful is nothing more than just a bad memory both musically and stylistically.

One of the big appeals to any type of throwback night is, well, the jerseys! Here are the pictures from the Majestic page on Facebook. The names and numbers will be on the back of the jerseys.

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Phils blanked in series finale

Mariners starter Jason Vargas went the distance, allowing only three hits and striking out six in Seattle's 2-0 shut out of the Phils. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Riding a seven-game winning streak into Seattle should have had fruitful results. Instead, it provided heart ache for the Phils, who lost two of three to the Mariners.

The rubber match featured Cole Hamels for the Phils and Jason Vargas of the M’s. With it Hamels seeking his 10th win of the season, it never came as Vargas three-hit the Phils en route to a 2-0 shut out win.

Vargas went the distance, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out six. He allowed only his third hit in the 9th, the first since the 4th inning.

Hamels wasn’t his sharpest but shouldn’t have been hung out to dry like he was today. Throwing 118 pitches, the left-hander allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out six.

Fans were arguing the fact that Hamels shouldn’t have started the 7th but with both Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo getting days off, Hamels was a better option than who could have been tossed out there.

It wouldn’t have mattered anyway as the Phils were trailing 1-0 heading into the 7th and the offense couldn’t do a thing against Vargas.

Seattle finally broke the scoreless tie in the 6th when Justin Smoak hit a flare into right to score Ichiro Suzuki. They tacked on one more in the 7th with an RBI by Adam Kennedy.

WP: Vargas (5-4). LP: Cole Hamels (9-3).


Defending “The Nanny” and adressing the “Anonymous Trio”

One hate comment from an anonymous person and I thought it was cute.

A second one shortly arrived and I thought maybe there was something to think about.

But the third? Oh the third finally pissed me off.

I will stand behind my writer 100%. “The Nanny,” who many love and only a few hate made her debut earlier today on my site with a hilarious take on her life. She compared her love life to the Phillies line up.

The post pushed the envelope and I got a great chuckle from it. But I was well aware of the consequences that came with posting something so off-collar from the rest of the site’s two-year history of keeping it newsy, clean and fun. But I had no idea my readers can be a bunch of hypocrites.

Now the three comments I got from the “Anonymous Trio” as I liked to call them prove just how cowardly people can be on the internet. I have an idea of who the poster’s may be but that’s neither here nor there.

Now, back to my main argument. Three of the Philadelphia’s beloved blogs post stupid garbage worse than this on a more frequent basis but don’t get the back-lash I have gotten. I remember clearly a site posting about professional ball players’ asses in which I commented on to be irrelevant to the game and I became public enemy number one ever since last June. At least I had the gall to post it publicly.

Another site, which I love with my whole heart, gets away with some insanely hilarious comedy that I am NOT against. I will say it now, I love “The Fightins” and they do nothing wrong at all but how is their f-bomb laced, booby-squeezing humor worse than “The Nanny’s” post?

And lastly. A site that was only as hot as dog poop, which recently fizzled, would post garbage that was purposely spelled wrong, laced with curses and insults and was supposed to be a satire on the ghetto (probably written by white boys) was loved and quoted throughout Twitter more than any crappy Will Ferrell movie.

So ask you this, one more time: why is it terrible that of the 1,176 (soon to be 1,177) posts on Team to Beat that one post is the worst thing you have ever read?

Will something like this be posted again? Probably not. But I will continue to do what I do and my other seven writers share the exact same sentiments.

We’re a small blog that has worked our asses off for over two years. A couple of haters, hypocrites and people with a poor sense of humor will not ruin this.

This rant is over. Back to our regularly scheduled menu of Phillies news, recaps and opinions.

John Russo
Founder and editor of Team to Beat
Established 2009

Former minor leaguer Poffo dies

Former minor leaguer Randy Poffo died Friday morning. He was 58.

The outfielder suffered a heart attack behind the wheel of his car and died in the accident.

Poffo was a member of the Cardinals & Reds minor league system. In four seasons he hit .254, making it as high as Class-A Tampa.

Many of you sitting there are wondering “Who the hell is this Randy Poffo guy?”

Well Poffo took a stage name of “Randy Savage” and joined a certain wrestling organization called the World Wrestling Federation and is known to many as Macho Man Randy Savage.

Macho Man will go down as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. His persona is as legendary as his elbow drop. With catch phrases that make today’s “stars” sound like bumbling idiots, Savage stole the hearts of America, making him one of the best role models in the sports history.

Wrestling today has no positive impact on the lives of young children. The once super hero-like stars of the WWF like Macho Man, Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior have been washed away with punks and freaks who rely on being douche bags than actual role models.

Here at Team to Beat, we salute you, Macho Man. Millions around the country will snap into a Slim Jim to honor your untimely death.

Ooooooooooooohhh Yeaaahhh!