Game Night Diary: One Fan's Night At Home

Are those west coast games on too late at night for you? Well, you're in luck because I decided to keep a running diary while watching the Phillies take on the Dodgers on Comcast SportsNet last night. To answer a couple questions some of you may have, yes I did steal this concept from Bill "The Sports Guy" Simmons, and no, mine won't be as funny as his. With that said, enjoy.

9:36 p.m. Now that the city of Philadelphia is on a three game losing streak, the Phillies really need to get a win. Tonight's pitching match-up is Vicente Padilla (3-2, 3.21) vs. Odalis Perez (0-1, 3.76). To clarify Perez's record, the Dodgers have actually won two of his four starts, but he just didn't get the decision. The weird thing is that this will be Odalis' first home start of the season (he missed what would have been his only home outing thus far because of an ankle sprain).

9:51 p.m. Waiting for the Phillies' broadcast to begin, I'm just now noticing that CSN airs an ungodly number of car dealership commercials. I usually hate watching these things, but the ones that use the dealership employees as actors just crack me up. Is it really that expensive to bring in a local actor or two, so everyone in the commercial doesn't look like they're being held hostage?

10:08 p.m. Harry just announced that Tomas Perez will play second base tonight, and while making the announcement, they showed Tomas dancing in the dugout. Actually, I'm not sure if he was dancing or not. It looked more like a full body dry heave.

10:11 p.m. J-Roll starts the game with a pop fly to shallow right. I thought we were going to stop doing that Jimmy?

10:14 p.m. We're only on the third batter of the game and Harry's already starting with the birthday wishes. No offense to anyone who's done this, but I really don't care if it's Joe Blow's 109th birthday, while watching Abreu take his hacks. The commentators are there to talk about the game, not my aunt Rita's 52nd wedding anniversary. If they must do the birthday thing, I think some kind of graphic listing them all before a commercial break would be much better.

10:19 p.m. Is it me, or does Vicente Padilla look like he's always pissed off? Someone needs to give him a lollipop. Why a lollipop you ask? Well, if they can make a kid that just got a shot at the doctor's office smile, it has to work for an All-Star pitcher as well.

10:23 p.m. Both pitchers had a 1-2-3 first inning. Looks like we may have a good, old fashion pitchers duel on our hands.

10:25 p.m. Rolen-esque play at third by Beltre to steal a base hit (double perhaps?) from Lieby.

10:27 p.m. I'm now convinced that Dodger fans are the quietest in all of Major League Baseball. Maybe we should send them the "Everybody hits! Woohoo!" guy to help them out. On second thought, I love that guy too much to part with him.

10:28 p.m. Single up the middle by Pat Burrell. I'm just shocked he didn't hit into a double play. That was Pat's first hit in eleven at bats, so it's safe to say that he's officially on fire now (now is a good time to remind you all that sarcasm is a beautiful thing).

10:33 p.m. Fred McGriff smashed a solo home run into the completely empty right field seats. For Dodger fans, that's got to be both exciting and depressing at the same time, and for Phillies fans it's a reminder of a home game. That was the Crime Dog's third dinger in just six career at bats against Vicente. Maybe they should intentionally walk that guy next time.

10:39 p.m. Remember when I was talking about the car dealership commercials earlier? Well, what I said there also applies to the Phillies, especially when using Jimmy Rollins in an ad. Rollins makes Steven Seagal look like a multiple Oscar winner.

10:53 p.m. Jim Thome talks funny.

10: 54 p.m. Chris Wheeler just took over for Harry in the booth, and I must admit, Wheels annoys me to no end. Between the terrible hair hat on his head and that girlish giggle, I have a hard time with him. I also think he's a little too much of a homer, but other than all that, I love the guy.

10:58 p.m. After four innings, the Phils have just one hit. I'm starting to think they used up all their offense in that 10-2 win over the Giant last Saturday (they've scored just two runs since then).

11:03 p.m. Larry Anderson just announced that Randy Johnson is headed to the DL. Good news for the Phils since they won't have to face him next week in Arizona, or the week after that at The Vet.

11:08 p.m. There's another single for Burrell, who has the only two hits for the Phils so far. I didn't mention it before, but Pat is hitting sixth tonight, so Lieberthal can bat cleanup. Lieby always does well in LA (.462/4/6 the last three years), so that move makes sense.

11:12 p.m. Marlon Byrd followed up Tomas' base hit with his second strikeout. Is it too late to put him back on the DL?

11:18 p.m. Jolbert Cabrera is on the Dodgers now? I guess L.A. signed him to fill that "guy who's been shot in the butt" position.

11:34 p.m. Padilla has two on with no outs in the bottom of the sixth, and Fred McGriff stepping up to plate again. Hopefully whatever Kerrigan just told Vicente on the mound works better than last time.

11:39 p.m. Freddie fouled out to Bell, but right after that, Adrian Beltre goes yard to plate three more runs. The way the Phillies' offense has done so far, it doesn't look like five runs and a comeback win is going to happen. I really wouldn't mind being wrong about this though.

11:50 p.m. I just noticed that the guy with the fedora and radar gun behind home plate isn't at the game tonight! This is the first time I haven't seen that guy at a Dodgers' game. Maybe Anna Nicole Smith ate his fedora (stuff like that happens in L.A.) and he didn't feel that it would be right to show up without it.

11:54 p.m. With the seventh inning stretch comes Terry Adams to relieve Vicente. Before that second homer he allowed, Padilla had a nice outing. It's just a shame that it had to be ruined by a guy hitting .218.

12:11 a.m. The Phils had runners on first and second in the eighth, but couldn't bring them in. It looks like Odalis Perez might end up with a shutout tonight. Five hits, no walks, no runs and nine strikeouts (his career high is ten) is what I would call a solid start. That makes three of those in a row for the Dodgers.

12:13 a.m. The Baltimore vs. Detriot game was rained out. I'm sure all 15 people in attendance were very disappointed.

12:14 a.m. Turk Wendell is in to pitch the eighth. I must say that I've been pleasantly surprised by his performance this year. This is the Turk that the Phils thought they were trading for.

12:20 a.m. To make matters worse than they already are, both the Expos and Braves won tonight. Ugh.

12:25 a.m. Perez struck out Thome for his 10th of the night. With Burrell up now, a new career high of 11 looks very possible.

12:26 a.m. 11.

12:28 a.m. After 132 pitches, the Dodgers finally take Perez out. That leaves two on for Gagne, who just needs to get one out.

12:31 a.m. Game over, and that's it for me as well. I'm tired and I just watched two of my teams lose for the second night in a row. I hope this was more fun to read than the game was to watch.

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