July 19, 2009 1:38 PM

Nothing Happened


Saturday night's Phillies-Marlins game was postponed by rain. Joe Blanton and the Phillies hadn't gotten off to a good start, and were trailing Florida, 2-0, in the second inning. Marlins' ace Josh Johnson was in overpowering form. The Phillies may have been fortunate that the game was postponed, after a long rain delay. They might have a better chance when (if?) the game is made up, likely in the form of a late September doubleheader.

There's no way of knowing what would have happened, if the game had resumed after the rain delay. Well, unless you keep reading...

-Joe Blanton and Josh Johnson would have been done for the night
-Chan Ho Park, and a parade of Marlins' relievers, match scoreless innings, through the seventh inning
-A two-run Jayson Werth blast in the top of the eighth ties the score
-Ryan Madson retires the Marlins in order in the bottom of the eighth
-With two outs in the top of the ninth, and the bases loaded, Phillies' catcher Gabor Paul Bako II is allowed to bat. He grounds into a game-winning E-4. (This replacement-level blogger rails against the non-move, in the postgame blog post.)
-Brad Lidge picks up the save in the ninth, facing only five batters (fly out, walk, sacrifice bunt-turned-error by Lidge, walk, 5-2-3 DP)
-after the game, John Mayberry is optioned to Lehigh Valley (AAA). Southpaw Sergio Escalona is recalled to "bolster the (depleted) bullpen."
-Escalona faces five batters in ten days, before being optioned back to AAA
-Top right-handed pinch-hitter Eric Bruntlett plays in every game played in the next ten days

So, despite the fact that they would eventually have won the Saturday night game, it turns out that the Phillies are better off that the game was never actually resumed.

The Phils finish their series with Florida on Sunday. J.A. Happ gets the start for the Phils, hoping that BABIP doesn't begin to work against him. There could be more rain delays on Sunday, so we could see a lot of the bullpens again. For rain delay viewing, the Red Sox-Blue Jays game, featuring Jon Lester and future Phillies' #2 starter Roy Halladay, is recommended. The internet broadcast of the Reading Phillies' (Mike Stutes + Crazy Hot Dog Vendor!) game would be an excellent supplementary option.

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