Not Easy

Larry Andersen said it best on the radio broadcast last night, “This team doesn’t make it easy.”

Offense did drive in some runs without hitting a homer and yet it was back-to-back solo homers that eventually provided the margin of victory.    We left seven runners in scoring position, the most of any NL team yesterday.  RISP last night: 2 hits in 13 at-bats.

A couple of RBI extremes last night: Lee drove in his first major league run, which can be largely  blamed on the DH in the AL, while Raul drove in his 21st run against the Nationals this season.

The Braves, Dodgers and Reds lost games in the ninth inning yesterday.  So, it does happen to other teams.  Madson didn’t let it happen, although it wasn’t easy.

After tonight’s game, the Phillies hop on an AMTRAK charter train for a return home. 

A Reminder
Mets begin a weekend series tomorrow night, four games in three days.

Sunday includes a 1:05 afternoon game and an 8:05 night game for ESPN TV.  The night game is a rescheduled game from earlier in the season.  Gates open at 11:05 a.m. for the first game; 6:35 for the night game.

World Cup
Minor leaguers Terry Tiffee, B. J. Rosenberg, Chris Kissock, Drew Naylor and Joel Naughton are playing in the Baseball World Cup currently going on in Europe.

Four of our scouts are there: Steve Cohen (Sweden), Gene Schall and Tim Kissner (Croatia), Brian Kohlscheen (Germany) and Chip Lawrence (Spain).

Minor League Notes
LHP Matt Way gave up a first-inning run and then pitched six scoreless innings as Lakewood won game 1 of the best-of-three at Kannapolis.  CF Anthony Gose had 3 hits; he led all minors with 76 steals.  Last night, he was caught once and got picked off another time.

Reading lost at Akron.  OF Michael Taylor, who was on the DL at Lehigh Valley since August 15, joined the Phillies but was hitless in four at-bats.  He must have been rusty as he struck out three times.

Daily Minor League Roundup provides more details.

Phillies Insider also appears on twitter as barons63.

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