While I was really hoping that the Phillies bats would show up in Atlanta last night, it seems my wish was mistranslated by the universe. Bats did show up…but not the baseball kind.
The game was delayed twice last night. The start of the game was delayed nearly 2-hours due to rain; the second delay came during the game and was caused by a couple of bats getting busy on the field. Real bats, with wings and all that.
After being man/glove-handled by Braves third baseman Paul Janish, the love-struck bats finally detached and one flew away. The second bat was transferred to the aptly-named Batboy, who fulfilled his job duties on multiple levels during this game.
Looks like those bats picked the wrong place to host their little rendezvous. I do hope they were reunited later in the evening.
As for the games, the Braves bats won out, beating the Phillies by a score of 3-6. John Lannan lasted only 1.1 innings, allowing 5 runs and left the game due to a knee injury. He is likely done for the season and has also probably worn a Phillies uniform for the last time. This is the same knee that landed him on the DL for 2 months earlier this year; the Phillies cannot possibly resign him if he is hurt again.
Then again, they have done dumber things; but I will give them the benefit of the doubt here…for now.
The only good news last night was that Domonic Brown had 3 hits and 2 RBI and Darin Ruf hit a homer. Yup, the good news ends there. Unless you count today being an off-day as good news…
The Dodgers come to town on Friday…game time is 7:05pm.
And in keeping with today’s bat-theme, here are some adorable, fluffy bats I met in Costa Rica earlier this year:
Awwww! (Yes, they ARE cute! Do not argue…beauty is in the eye of the beholder ;o)
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