Best Road Team Goes on the Road

After scoring a league-leading 77 runs in their first 10 games, the Phillies offense could muster only one run in losing the last two home games.  Did someone lock the batter’s box and throw away the key?

Cole was very good yesterday.  If he pitches like that over his next 30 or so starts, we’ll be in a good shape.  His performance was a silver lining. 

Road Show
Having won the most games on the road the last two seasons and this season (5-1) in the NL, that’s where the Phillies are now headed.  Delta charter will leave Philadelphia International Airport this evening.  Destination: Atlanta and the start of a three-city, three-time zone journey that ends up in Frisco.  Nine games in nine days (seven night games).

Elias Says
Cole and Ryan combined for 0 walks and 10 strikeouts. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the second time in less than a year that the Phillies lost a game in which their pitchers had no walks and double-digit strikeouts while throwing at least nine innings. Hamels and Chan Ho Park combined to do that in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles on June 21, 2009. Philadelphia had lost only one game under those circumstances over the previous 25 seasons (1984 through 2008). Terry Mulholland had no walks and 14 strikeouts in a nine-inning complete-game loss to the Rockies on June 4, 1993.

Happy Birthday
John O’Neil, who played 46 games at shortstop for the Phillies in 1946 (his only big league taste), turns 90 today.

As with all Nonagenarian Club (90 years of age and over) members among Phillies Alumni, we’re sending a jersey (#27) to O’Neil as a birthday present.

Notes
For those fans in the Lakewood, NJ, area, Joe Blanton makes a rehab start Tuesday night . . . Reading RF Domonic Brown left Friday’s game with a mild concussion following a collision with 1B Tagg Bozied; Brown, off to a .323 start, didn’t play Saturday or Sunday; he’s on a day-to-day basis . . . Interesting note from Saturday’s Mets-Cardinals, 20-inning marathon: number of pitches: 652; time of game: 6:53.

This Date
110 years ago the Phillies beat the Braves, 19-17, in 10 innings in Boston, the highest scoring opener in NL history. Braves tied the game with a nine-run bottom of the ninth.

This leads to a sales pitch:  Phillies: An Extraordinary Tradition, the new commemorative 252-page book that showcases the Phillies historic faces and places, contains a photo of the Phillies taken in spring training in 1900 in Charlotte, NC.  Book will be on sale around May 1.  Fans can pre-order now.

BIG Thank You
Phillies Insider climbed into 11th place among club blogs on MLB.com during March.  Can’t thank everyone enough for putting up with this brilliant prose or boring blabber, whatever you may want to call it

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