Another Tough Lefty

June 20, 2007

Oh, Those Lefties
Kyle Kendrick picked up his first major league win last night, Ryan Howard drove in four runs and Jose Mesa survived Cleveland’s booing fans as the Phillies defeated a left-handed starter.

The Phillies have struggled against starting lefties this season.  They are now 10-17.  Actually, they are 6-2 against southpaws this month, 3-0 being against relievers.  The Phillies face another one tonight, a tough one in C. C. Sabathia, the Indians’ best pitcher.

A year ago, the Phillies had a 23-22 edge.

Picnic Time
While the club was in Cleveland last night, premium seating customers were being treated to a picnic at Citizens Bank Park by the Phillies.

The Diamond Club was set up with food stations featuring “ballpark fare.”  Fans were permitted to run the bases, walk on the warning track, visit the center field bullpens, sit in the dugouts, tour the clubhouse and visit the Media Room.

Ruben Amaro Jr., Assistant GM, plus Alumni Tyler Green and Marty Bystrom participated in a question/answer session.  All three were available to sign autographs.

A second picnic is scheduled for tonight and will include Alumni Greg Luzinski and Terry Harmon.

Earlier this month, full season ticket customers were treated to similar events on two different nights.  The Alumni included Larry Christenson, Mike Rogodzinski and Dickie Noles.

Answering an Inquiry
A fan wanted to know why the Phillies didn’t keep Justin Germano, who is now 5-0 with the Padres.

Justin didn’t figure to make the staff out of spring training.  He was out of options and the Phillies had to place him on waivers before they could send him to the minor leagues.  When he was put on waivers, 20 other teams passed before San Diego put in the claim. Actually, the Padres were the only team to claim him.      

Time Running Short
Online All-Star balloting ends at midnight Thursday, June 28 :www.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2007/ballot_reg.jsp.

Minor League Review
Hot prospect Carlos Carrasco, the 2006 Paul Owens Award winner as the best pitcher in the Phillies minor league system, is the Phillies minor league Pitcher of the Week this season for the second time.  Check it out at MORE>>http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/team_index.jsp?c_id=phi

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