Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Victorino, cf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Dobbs, 3b; Werth, rf; Coste, c; Eaton, p.

Losses are tough, especially ones like yesterday’s afternoon/night 12-inning, ran delayed marathon.

One strike away from a shutout and Jason Werth his a dramatic home run off Billy Wagner to force extra innings.  Werth has nine homers off LHP, second in the NL to teammate Chase Utley’s 11.

Kyle Kendrick bent but didn’t break.  He gives up hits but seems to get out of jams.  He’s a competitor.

Story of the loss: offense is 1-14 with runners in scoring position.  Runners on base in each of the first six innings and zero. 

Flash on DL
A year ago as the closer, he went on the disabled list (strained rotator cuff) on May 4 for over two months.  He came back as the set-up man, well rested and strong for the second half of the season.

In September, he was in 18 of our 28 games and opponents batted .196 over his last 15 appearances. 

Elbow this time.  Hopefully, being shutdown will produce the same second-half results. 

Vote for Pat
Just a reminder….. Pat Burrell is one of five players in the National League Monster All-Star Final Vote.  Voting is underway on mlb.com.  It will end at 5 p.m. on Thursday. There is no limit as to how many times fans can vote.

Easiest way to vote is online: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2008/fv/ballot_pop.html

MLB update on voting results: Corey heard currently holds a small lead over David Wright, Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand and Carlos Lee.

Look for an announcement from the Phillies regarding plans for a big voting campaign for Pat.

Sellout City
Tonight will be the 26th sell out of the season and 13th in a row. 

Rest of the week is the same, except tomorrow night.  Just over 4,000 seats are still available.  Then, the daily 500 standing room tickets for each game.

This Date
In Phillies history…….
1964 RF Johnny Callison hits dramatic, game-winning three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the National League a 7-4 win in the 35th All-Star Game at Shea Stadium.
1979 3B Mike Schmidt homers in final at bat on July 6 and in first three at bats tonight vs. San Francisco.  Second time he has homered in four consecutive plate appearances in his career.
1993 Phillies 7, Dodgers 6, in 20-inning game, matching Vet record for longest game.  Lenny Dykstra drives in 2 runs in the bottom of the 20th for the win.

 

 

 

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