Good Pitching plus Clutch Hitting equaled a Win last night, giving the Phillies a series win. Sweeping in Atlanta isn’t easy but the opportunity is there.
Can’t say enough about the bullpen. Once again they shut the enemy down. Late in the game, clutch hitting by Chase, Ryan and J-Roll sealed the Braves fate.
The victory was the 300th for Charlie Manuel. Since he became manager in 2005, he has more wins than any other NL skipper.
Road victory improved the Phillies record to 17-13, tops in the NL. Since 2004, they have won 189 games away from home, also the NL best.
Art Mahan, the oldest living Phillie who turns 95 today. He is one of 10 major leaguers 95 or older. Mahan was a first baseman (L-L) who played one season in majors, 1940. In 146 games, he hit .244 with 24 doubles, 5 triples, 2 homers, 39 RBI. He made his debut on April 30 and played his last game on September 29. Following baseball, he had a lengthy career as the Villanova University Athletic Director. He is celebrating with his family in Philadelphia.
Mahan broke a three-way tie for the oldest living Phillie: 1B Gene Corbett (1936-38) and RF Stan Benjamin (1939-42) are 94.
The oldest living major leaguer is 3B Billy Werber, who will turn 100 in 12 days.
Baseball is packing ’em in. The Phillies rank fourth in the National League in attendance.
The game’s very popular in the Phillies minor league system: Lehigh Valley IronPigs (2nd, International League); Reading Phillies (1st, Eastern League); Clearwater Threshers (2nd, Florida State League) and Lakewood BlueClaws (3rd, South Atlantic League.
Soon the Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League) will begin play and Bowman Field is a popular home for the short-season team.
The Gulf Coast League Phillies will also start playing later this month. They play in the afternoon in Clearwater when the sun is nice and hot. Sea gulls out-number human beings.
Minor League Notes
Welinson Baez have been moved from the Clearwater roster to extended spring training. After six seasons as a third baseman, the Phillies are going to convert him to a pitcher to take advantage of his cannon-like arm . . . Lakewood RHP Julian Sampson was reinstated from the DL . . . SS Freddy Galvez was put on the DL with a concussion.