Back-to-back sweeps in Atlanta? Doesn’t happen very often but the opportunity is there.
Cole Hamels gets the nod tonight. By pitching him tonight, he’ll get two more starts before the All-Star break.
Four players had more than one hit last night, Pat Burrell and Ryan Howard went deep, Adam Eaton worked 5 productive innings and Brad Lidge struck out the side in the ninth.
Yet, the top hero has to be Chad Durbin. He came in with the sacks full and no out in the sixth, got a double play ball and a strikeout to kill a potential big Braves inning. In some box scores, he gets credit for a “hold”, an unofficial stat. It was his fourth hold but that doesn’t totally reflect the job Chad’s done.
Some people think he should start in Brett Myers’ place. Folks, Chad’s too valuable where he is. Why weaken that area?
Every day we receive a complete report from the managers and pitching coach of every Phillies minor league team: box score, comments about the game and players, injuries, personnel arriving and personnel departing, etc.
Pitching coach Rod Nichols filed the following on Myers’ outing last night in Lehigh Valley:
“Hopefully, Brett started to gain some of his confidence back. Began with four shutout innings before giving up three runs in the fifth. Fastball had some life and he didn’t overthrow it as game progressed. Pitched inside well at times. Curve was his go-to pitch and used it often. Cutter showed depth and seemed to depend on it too much. Split wasn’t close which made him rely on his curve more which hitters recognized. Seemed to carry himself better as game progressed.”
Back to Citizens Bank Park tomorrow night for the first of four games against the Mets, night, night, day, night.
Mets lead season series so far, 4-2, with 10 games left between the two clubs.
As you can imagine, all four games are sell outs which means 500 standing room tickets will go on sale prior to each game. Matter of fact, sell outs are the norm for nine of the 10 games on the upcoming homestand. Some tickets are still available for Tuesday night’s against the Cardinals.
Players of Week, Month
LHP J. A. Happ has claimed the pitcher of the week for last week and the pitcher of the month for June.
Hitting honors go to 1B Clay Harris (week) and 1B Andy Tracy (month).
Just link to the stories:
Players of Week: http://mlb.com/phi/downloads/y2008/070208.pdf
In Phillies history…….
1983 Reliever Willie Hernandez ties NL record with six consecutive strikeouts in beating New York Mets, 6-4, at the Vet.