Familiar Pattern

The pattern last night was a familiar one for this season: starting pitching struggled, bullpen excelled (1 run, 7.1 innings) and the offense put up four crooked-run innings (4, 3, 2, 4).

Kyle just couldn’t locate the strike zone, 29 balls and 23 strikes.  He’s better than that.
Bullpen has been doing a great job but over a long, marathon season, the starters need to go deeper in the game.  Roy and J. A. have been doing it.  Roy’s next start is tomorrow night against the Marlins.  Crowd will be pumped for his Citizens Bank Park debut.

Shane is in the leadoff spot with J-Roll on the DL.  The Flying Hawaiian drove in 5 runs.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, he had only 14 RBI in 44 previous starts atop the batting order.

Chase had a pair of long balls and climbed into the top 5 of multi-home run games in Phillies history:
44 Mike Schmidt
23 Chuck Klein
22 Ryan Howard
20 Dick Allen
18 Pat Burrell and Chase

Two other patterns continued: multiple-hit games for Placido and Ryan and 44th straight regular-season sellout. 

Happy Birthday
LHP Woodie Fryman, who wore a Phillies uniform from 1968-72, turns 70 today.

Phillies History
Six years ago on this date, the Phillies won their first game at Citizens Bank Park, 6-4, over Cincinnati.  WP: Rheal Cormier; SV: Billy Wagner; HRs: David Bell, Mike Lieberthal.

Exciting New Publication
Philadelphia Phillies: An Extraordinary Tradition will be coming off the presses in early May.  The 250-page publication (over 400 photos) is a celebration of Phillies history from 1883 through the 2009 World Series. 


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