When things are going good, you can feel it. When things aren’t going good, you can feel it.
A key base, a big pitch, a defensive play….all part of winning games. Right now, it just isn’t happening. Every little thing is magnified.
When things aren’t going good:
*Pat Burrell’s home run last night gave us a lead for the first time since the Monday game against Boston. That’s hard to believe.
*Jamie Moyer was brilliant. Yet, one pitch did him in.
*Trailing, 3-2, in the 8th, J. C. Romero gave up a two-run, opposite-field home run to a left-handed batter who has been scuffling. It was the first homer by a lefty off J. C. since April 2006.
It is a case of hanging in there and battling until things get turned around.
Players of the Week
Reading shortstop Jason Donald and Williamsport right-hander Justin DeFratus are the Phillies minor league player and pitcher, respectively, for last week: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/downloads/y2008/062408.pdf
Minor League Note
RHP Kris Benson made his second rehab start for Clearwater last night against Vero Beach: 4.2 innings, 7 hits (6 singles), 1 run (top of 5th inning), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts. “Command was better with all his pitches and he was down in the zone more often,” reported Steve Schrenk, pitching coach.
Benson took the 2-1 loss. Clearwater had trouble hitting with runners on base. Three times with a man on third and one out, the next hitter struck out. They must be watching the big club.
Came across a great story on the Oakland A’s website. Ryan Howard and A’s reliever Brad Ziegler were roommates in Clearwater four years ago. Ziegler was originally drafted by the Phillies.
In Phillies history
1986 Phillies release Steve Carlton. In 15 years with the Phillies, he won 241 games, started 499 and struck out 3,031, all club records. He won 10 or more games for 13 consecutive seasons, another Phillies record.
Still remember the night very well. Went into Bill Giles’ office well after the game was over. Bill still had tears in his eyes because he had to deliver the news to Lefty.