Interesting Series Starts Tonight
Dropping 2 of 3 in Phoenix, the Phillies headed for their final stop on this 9-game journey, San Francisco.
Top four hitters in the lineup, Shane, Polly, Chase and Ryan, are scuffling, 6 for 43 for the weekend. Ryan hasn’t homered in 57 at-bats.
The good thing, the stats on the back of their baseball cards show they can hit and they will.
The tough thing, enemy hitters are batting just .222 against the Giants’ pitching staff, lowest figure in the league. The Phillies lead the NL in runs scoreed, 104. The Giants’ team ERA is 2.78, second best in the league.
Giants are 58-32 at home since the 2009 season, third best in baseball. Phillies have the best road record in the NL the last two seasons. Should be an interesting three-game series.
Chase is two hits shy of becoming the 32nd player in Phillies history to reach 1,000 . . . Juan Castro is on a day-to-day basis with his hammi; who would have thought that on April 25 we would be starting our third different shortstop of the season . . . Reading RHP Phillippe Aumont pitched 6-hitless innings on Sunday afternoon in 2-0 win over Richmond. He walked 2, struck out 4 and threw 81 pitches in picking up his first win with the Phillies . . . Teammate Domonic Brown, who missed 5 games with a mild concussion after a collision with another teammate, returned to the lineup Friday night and homered.
Wednesday night’s game will also be televised nationally on the MLB Network . . . Saturday’s game is on FOX and Sunday’s game is an 8:05 p.m. ESPN Sunday night telecast.
In 1980, Steve Carlton set a modern National League record with his sixth 1-hitter, 7-0, over his old team, the Cardinals. Ted Simmons had the lone hit, a single leading off the second inning. 6 no-hitters still stand as an NL record.
In 1986, Mike Schmidt drove in his 1,287th run to break Ed Delahanty’s all-time Phillies record.
Only other Phillie to top 1,000 RBI is Del Ennis, who finished with 1,124.