Simply put, the Blue Jays swept us because they played better: hitting, pitching, fielding.  We’re in one of the valleys that are part of a baseball marathon.

Madson’s game-losing homer was the first dinger he’s given up this year and the second in regular season play in his last 48 games.  Stuff happens.

We’re in Toronto next weekend so let’s see if we can rev up the revenge machine.

Birds Next
Baltimore comes to town as interleague play continues.  Three more sellouts.

Orioles have the poorest road record in the A. L. (8-20) but are fresh from taking two in a row from the Mets at home, which was appreciated.

Anniversary
Trades come at all times of the year, month or day.  Twenty years ago today GM Lee Thomas pulled off TWO trades in ONE day, BOTH after a Sunday afternoon game at the Vet.

**Juan Samuel to the Mets for Lenny Dykstra, Roger McDowell and a PTBNL (player to be named later).

**Steve Bedrosian and a PTBNL to the Giants for Dennis Cook, Terry Mulholland and Charlie Hayes.

Transition for Lenny was easy.  He had played for the Mets that afternoon.  His equipment was carried from the visiting clubhouse to the Phillies clubhouse.

Big Feature
Charlie Manuel is featured in the current edition of Sports Illustrated, “They’ll Never Call You a Hayseed in This Town Again.”  Mark Bechtel is the author.

One of the photo captions: “Fightin’ Spirit.  The secret behind much of Manuel’s success is that he knows when to ease off the gas – and when to ‘get the ***.'”

According to Philly papers, Charlie is close to going off on his struggling club.

Champs
Congrats to manager Dusty Wathan and the Lakewood BlueClaws. 8-3 win last night at Hagerstown clinched the South Atlantic League Northern Division first-half title. 

Other time Lakewood was in the playoffs was three years ago.  The BlueClaws won the second half title that season and went on to win the SAL championship.

 

 

 

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