Say hello to summer and good-bye to spring. Six more games and we say good-bye to interleague play.
Twins won last two over the weekend to take the series, 3-2. Contrasting losses for the Phillies.
The offense was alive Saturday but the bullpen imploded. Last time the Phillies led by five or more runs in the ninth inning at home and lost was April 20, 1961. The Milwaukee Braves scored five in the top of the ninth to tie and won 7-6 in 11 at Connie Mack Stadium.
Sunday, the offense was limp again and Doc lost as he gave up four runs. In Doc’s six losses, the Phillies have scored a total of nine runs.
Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is another day, another game as the Indians stampede into Citizens Bank Park for three games. Limited tickets are available for Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Then, this weekend, the Blue Jays visit Philly to end interleague play. Remember, the games were originally scheduled for Toronto and moved to Philly. The Phillies will play at home but be the visiting team. More on that later this week.
Manager Mark Parent and his Lakewood BlueClaws clinched the South Atlantic League North Division first-half title with a 6-3 win yesterday.
The BlueClaws were 4.5 games out on May 30 but went on a 16-5 run to end the first half.
Remember this name: Jonathan Singleton. He’s an 18-year-old first baseman who was selected in the eighth round a year ago. He homered twice and drove in five of the six runs. He began the season in extended spring training and then was sent to Lakewood. In 37 games there, he’s hitting .373, nine homers, 41 RBI, 22 walks and 26 strikeouts. He’ll turn 19 in September.
This will be Lakewood’s third playoff appearance in team history. The two previous times, 2006 and last season, they wound up winning the league championship.
Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard will be interviewed by Bob Costas at 8 o’clock tonight. The show was actually taped a week or so ago.