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. 

This Date
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.



Speaking of our amazing hitting pitchers, including Adam Eaton who threw up half the offense last night, I think a huge thanks should go out to Jimy Williams for coaching these guys on their batting skills. He’s done an outstanding job with them. It is great to see our pitchers feel like they can really contribute to their own game. I wonder how our pitching staff stacks up against other teams in the NL as far as batting goes? Is there somewhere I can look this up? I tried mlb.com, but it breaks it down by player and doesn’t seems to group it by team anywhere that I could find (where it spilts out the pitchers). As for this afternoon, I predict the Phillies will rebound and take game 3 to win the series! Let’s get back home on a high note! :o)


Great point about the consistency of the pitching. Adam Eaton has been surprisingly consistent which has been great. He is as solid as any number 5 pitcher in baseball. Great to see after last season!



Happy Father’s Day!

Looks like my crystal ball is gettin’ rusty…ugh! Sad, sad loss… Well, tomorrow is a new day🙂 Happy Father’s Day!


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