A Rut

Elias Sports Bureau came up with the following note:

“The Phillies have not scored more than three runs in any of their last 10 games. Over the last 40 years the Phillies have had only one other double-digit streak of that type: the Phillies failed to score more than three runs in any of the first 11 games of the 1997 season under rookie manager Terry Francona.”  That’s called an offensive rut.

This afternoon is time to break that streak and losing ways.  Day off tomorrow may be just what the doctor ordered.  Get away from the ballpark, don’t touch a bat.

Minor League Notes
RHS Austin Hyatt, RHS Travis May, RHR Justin DeFratus and 3B Cody Overbeck of the Clearwater Threshers have been selected to the Northern Division team for the June 12 Florida State League All-Star Game in Viera, FL.

Players of the week in the Phillies system for last week:
Pitcher:  LHP Matthew Way, Lakewood BlueClaws.  1-0 for 2 starts, 1.38 ERA over 13 total innings.  Allowed 11 hits, 2 earned runs and 3 walks while striking out 11.  The 23-year-old was drafted in the 5th round a year ago out of Washington State U.; signed by Tim Kissner.  Way is a native of Sitka, AK.

Player:  1B-DH Darrin Ruf, Clearwater Threshers.  Hit .320 in 6 games.  Among hit 8 hits were 2 doubles and 2 homers.  He drove in 5 and scored 6.  The 23-year-old was selected in the 20th round a year ago out of Creighton University; signed by David Seifert.

Happy Birthday: Raul Ibanez turns 38 today.  Time to celebrate with 3 hits and a victory.


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