Rubber Game

Today’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Victorino, cf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Feliz, 3b; Coste, c; Taguchi, rf; Moyer, p.

Offense Stymied
Manuel’s V-8 Machine was stymied last night by Ricky Nolasco. Cole Hamels had command problems and the Marlins took advantage.  The Phillies lead the majors in homers and the Marlins are second.

All it means is the series comes down to the rubber game this afternoon.  Winner gets two-of-three.  Jamie Moyer is 7-0 in his career against the Marlins, 4 coming last year.

Chase Utley not only leads the majors with 19 homers but with the most off left-handed pitchers, 10.  Amazing, by an amazing player.  Shouldn’t be surprised.  The late Gene Mauch once said, “Exceptional players do exceptional things.”

Historic Milestone
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 599th home run yesterday.  He has one more game at home this afternoon and then four in the next four days at Citizens Bank Park.  In his career, he has four homers against the Phillies, a low number because he spent so many seasons in Seattle.

Tickets are available for tomorrow night. Could be an historic night.  Has anyone ever hit #600 in Philadelphia?  We’ll have more on that tomorrow.

Countdown to the Draft
4 more days to baseball’s annual First-Year Player Draft.

Every draft is different.  Some years, the depth is in college hitters. Other years, college arms.

The depth in this year’s draft is high school pitchers and position players, college relief pitchers and college first basemen.  On the slim side: college starting pitchers, college outfielders and high school catchers.

College players, by virtue of playing at that level, are on a faster track to reach the majors.  A high schooler with outstanding tools is worth waiting for. 

When asked which level the Phillies will take, Scouting Director Marti Wolever flashed that big smile of his, “A college player or a high school player.”

The Phillies have the 24th selection in the first round.  During their discussions this week as they reviewed each and every player, Marti would ask, “Is he someone we would take at 24?” 

This Date
In Phillies history…….
1969    Dick Allen homers in fifth straight game, a 12-4 loss to the Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium.
1995 Phillies set NL record for most games into a season without losing two in a row (33), breaking 1907 Chicago Cubs record.  Phils lose next two at San Francisco.
2005 Chase Utley hits game-winning, pinch-hit grand slam with 2 out in the 8th for 10-6 win over Giants.



Well I would have to say that V-8 machine was in working order in those late innings today. It’s great to win this game, and be in first place. Considering it took us the third to last game of the season last year to do that…

Awesome Blog..It’s not everyday we get a look into some managerial/ front office decisions.

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