Yet Another 4-game Series
When you are 1-6 on a road trip and you win the final game, that plane ride home is much more pleasant. Needless to say 2-7 isn’t cceptible whether you are home or on the road.
Well, it sure beats the 1928 Phillies who went 2-17 on a trip to every NL city: Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Boston and New York, May 5-27. That’s a lot of train rides.
We’re currently in a quirky part of the schedule. Since July 1, we have played four, four-game series. And, we start another one tonight against the Rockies. Then, one more for 2010, home with Houston in late August.
How dominating was Cole? He had no-hit stuff but Wainright (10-0 at home this season) matched Cole pitch for pitch. Finally, some “firsts” settled the issue: Polly’s first home run since May 19, the first run off StL’s McClelland at Busch Stadium (25 innings) and Jayson’s first hit with a runner in scoring position since June 24.
Elias Sports Bureau Says: It was only the third game since 1900 that went beyond the 10th inning in which a team allowed only one hit. The other two were 1959 (Braves beating Pirates) and 1962 (Yankees beating Braves).
Tonight’s game is on the MLB Network (blacked out in some areas). Tomorrow afternoon, FOX with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.
Phillies all-time home run list has Howard now sitting in fourth place:
Mike Schmidt (548)
Del Ennis (259)
Pat Burrell (251)
OK, if that’s the top four for home runs, what’s the top four for singles? Glad you asked:
Riche Ashburn (1,811)
Ed Delahanty (1,525)
Larry Bowa (1,498)
Roy Thomas (1,236)
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