Morning Phil Up – 4/3/2014 – Texas Rangers defeat Philadelphia Phillies 4-3


Apr 2, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) is mobbed by his teammates after his walk off walk in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Texas beat Philadelphia 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Last night’s Game

Texas Rangers defeat Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.


Emotional reaction immediately afterwards

Damn it, Papelbon! Damn it!

Less emotional, more optimistic reaction after thinking about it a bit

At least Kendrick pitched well and Howard hit a homer against a lefty.


Shin-soo Choo showed an amazing eye as he took a couple of very good pitches with the bases loaded and drew a walk to score the winning run.


Jonathan Papelbon entered the ninth with a two-run lead. He exited the game with the Rangers celebrating.

Today’s game

The Phillies will be off today. They’ll be traveling to Chicago to start a three-game series with the Cubs on Friday.

Link of Interest

The Good PhightPhillies bullpen mismanagement same as it ever was

Charlie Manuel was notoriously stubborn in the way he utilized his relievers. There was some hope that Ryne Sandberg would be an improvement in that regard. However, Sandberg’s bullpen management in Tuesday’s loss to the Rangers was very reminiscent of Manuel’s days at the helm. Should the Phillies have lost the game without closer Jonathan Papelbon ever entering the game?

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