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Phillies Split Cincy Series; Bye Bye Byrd

May 15, 2005, 8:43 PM EDT

The Phillies bats started the weekend off right by coming alive for 12 runs.  Todd Pratt went nuts going 4-4 with a HR and 5 RBIs.  Bretty Myers continued his fabulous season by going 7 innings and allowing 2 runs.  His pitching has clearly been the bright spot in the Phillies rocky start.  Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-4 and didn’t respond to my heckling.  I brought my season record up to 4-2.  If you really want the Phillies to win, you should buy me tickets to the games and limo services are also welcome.  I am good luck.  My camera seems to have been a bit blurry and none of my pictures came out well but I did get one shot of Junior.
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The Phillies got rocked on Saturday in the worst performance of Ryan Madson’s career.

Sunday marked the debut of the newest Phillie, Endy Chavez.  They aquired Endy on Saturday in a trade for Marlon Byrd.  Tom G. of Balls Sticks and Stuff has a nice summary of what the Nationals fans are saying about the deal.  The consenus among both teams followers seems to be somewhat indifference with the Nats perhaps having a slight upper hand in the deal.  Personally, I like the move.  Endy Chavez is a speedster and brings something the Phillies need.  How much of an impact he will actually have is uncertain, but I don’t think Marlon Byrd was ever going to turn into an everday CF.

Chavez showed some of his speed in his first start, going 1-5 with a tripple when he put on the jets.  He can move.  I agree that this move may have little impact long term, but it shakes things up a bit.

Billy Wags made us sweat a little in the ninth, but helped the Padilla Floatilla stay afloat.