Happy Father's Day
I guess you can say Manuel’s V-8 Machine is lacking a little consistency. From 20 runs and 21 hits Friday night to 2 runs and 4 hits yesterday. Adam Eaton, who pitched well again, had 2 of the 4 hits. The rest of the V-8 Machine couldn’t figure out Kyle Lohse.
Pitching, both starters and the bullpen, has been consistent which is one of the reasons the Phillies sit in first place.
Jimmy Rollins is in a mix-up right now at the plate. He’ll get it going and when he does, look out.
Wining two of three is so key over the long haul and that’s what the Phillies face this afternoon. A win will make a 6-3 trip, which is great. A loss, obviously, 5-4, which isn’t great but it is still a winning road trip. Only the Angels (21-12) have more wins in enemy yards than the Phillies (20-16).
Next weekend the Angels bring their road show to Citizens Bank Park. Before then, a three-game series with the World Champion Boston Red Sox starts tomorrow night.
Dan Goroff, the Director of the Ticket Department, always sends out estimated attendance figures in advance of a homestand. His e-mail for next week: “I’ll make this simple, 44-45,000 for all games.”
Last time a Phillies pitcher got two hits in the same inning? OK, Kyle Kendrick did it Friday night. Prior to then? Omar Daal, May 6, 2001.
In Phillies history…
1949 1B Eddie Waitkus is shot in the chest by deranged 19-year-old Ruth Ann Steinhagen in a Chicago hotel. Waitkus missed the rest of the season but returned in 1950 following five operations.
1968 Bob Skinner replaces Gene Mauch as Phillies manager. Mauch had managed the Phillies for eight and one-half seasons.
1991 Andy Ashby strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 4th, 1st time in Phillies history, but Reds win game, 3-1.