Striking Out ALS

May 21, 2007

Favorite Day
Win yesterday boosted the Phillies Sunday record since Citizens Bank Park opened to 35-10.  No wonder Sunday season ticket customers have smiles on their faces.

RHP Adam Eaton turned in his third consecutive quality start, the 11th in the lasts 14 games for the starting rotation.

Shutting the Door
Brett Myers has a 0.90 since moving to the bullpen. In 20 innings as a reliever, he has struck out 30. The Phillies are 14-1 in his last 15 appearances. 

Brett topped out at 97 mph in recording his sixth save yesterday.  He struck out two of the four hitters he faced. “I stuck with my fastball.  I was going to keep throwing it until they hit it. I said ‘(They) are going to have to hit my best stuff,’ and fortunately, I had a good fastball,” he was quoted in Scott Lauber’s story this a.m. in the Wilmington News-Journal.

More Numbers
Phillies completed a 7-3 homestand, averaging 38,309 per game . . . 2,783 total pitches were thrown in the 10 games . . . Pat Burrell had five homers in 30 at-bats; drove in 11 runs . . . Greg Dobbs hit .414, Abraham Nunez, .353 . . . Cole Hamels won two games, 18 strikeouts in 15 innings . . . Brett Myers had a win and three saves . . . Shane Victorino had three assists . . . Since April 19, the Phillies and Mets have the most wins in the NL, 19 each.

Striking Out ALS
The annual Phillies Phestival, which raises funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), is on tap tonight. Gates open at 5. 

It is a total team effort, players and their wives, coaches, Charlie Manuel, broadcasters, ball girls and the front office staff, will all be pitching in to help strike out ALS.  Players meet sponsors and ALS patients and then sign autographs for two hours. They board a charter flight around 9 for Miami and a three-game series against the Marlins starting tomorrow night.

Last year’s Phestival raised over $671,000, increasing the overall total to $8.7 million.  Proceeds
benefit research at ALS Association Centers at Pennsylvania Hospital and Hershey Medical Center, along with much-needed patient care services.

ALS is a devastating neuromuscular condition for which there is no known cause or cure. 

Green Thumb
Mike Boekholder, Head Groundskeeper at Citizens Bank Park, has planted two tomato plants and three green pepper plants beyond the center field fence among the shrubs and ivy. 

If he’d plant lettuce and start a pig farm, Citizens Bank Park could serve bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.   Green peppers on the side, please.

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