Dobbs at 3B
May 29, 2007
Rollins, ss; Victorino, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Dobbs, 3b; Rowand, cf; Ruiz, c; Lieber, p.
The Phillies entered last night’s game leading the league in runs scored. Since 2004, they have averaged 5.17 runs per game, unmatched by any big league team. Doug Davis, a lefty, was facing them for the second time this month. In Phoenix 21 days ago, he allowed two runs in six innings. After that, he gave up 13 runs and 11 walks in three losses. Opponents were hitting .293 against him. Last night, he gave up just one run in eight innings and didn’t walk a batter for the first time this season. What’s so predictable about baseball is that is unpredictable.
Over 11,600 tickets were sold from 9 a.m. yesterday until well in the game, pushing the total to 41,985, largest NL crowd for Memorial Day. Once again, a tip of the hat to the Phillies promotion department. $1 Dogs on a holiday.
Dobbs in a pinch
Greg Dobbs was claimed on waivers by the Phillies from the Mariners in January. The 28-year-old came with a .307 minor league average and a .257 mark for 100 big league games. As a pinch hitter in the bigs, Dobbs brought a .283 average, one home run and 10 RBI.
His three-run pinch-homer in the last of the ninth erased a 5-1 deficit, setting the stage for a late comeback that came up short. This team doesn’t quit. The three RBI boosted his total to nine as a pinch hitter. He’s hitting .318 coming off the bench.
His homer also marked the 300th pinch-hit home run in Phillies history. If you are wondering, 167 different players have produced that total.
Dobbs’ versatility and hot bat provide Charlie Manuel with plenty of options. While Ryan Howard was on the disabled list, Dobbs hit .414 playing first base.
Who holds the Phillies record for most pinch-hit home runs in a season? Hint, the number is five and it happened 48 years ago. First person to post the correct response wins a Greg Dobbs autographed baseball.
Minor League Review
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