Home Runs Starting to Come
The long ball is starting to come around, starting pitching continues to be stingy and Chase and Ryan are showing signs of getting their stroke back.
Most important, the Phillies took two of three in LA with yesterday’s win. They’ve won 10 of their last 12 series.
Lefty Kershaw had given up just four homers to right-handed hitters all season. That number quickly jumped to six. J-Roll picked on his second pitch of the game for his 35th leadoff homer. Shane led off the second with a solo shot, his first homer in the last 31 games.
Roy-O didn’t have control of his fastball but he battled and kept the Dodgers to 1 hit in his time on the mound. He’s 26-9 lifetime this month.
One More Game
Team left for Denver after the game and got there before the Rockies who played a night game in SF. Phillies and Rockies meet at 7:10 this evening (EDT) in a rescheduled game from May 12.
So, it was check into the hotel last night and check out this afternoon. No time to send out the dirty laundry. Team returns home for seven games after the game. Arrival time is estimated at 3 a.m. tomorrow.
Jimmy has a commanding lead in leadoff homers for the Phillies. The top five:
Juan Samuel (14)
Lenny Dykstra (12)
Doug Glanville (8)
John Briggs (6)
Bake McBride (6)
George Paskert (6)
Tony Taylor (6)
Phillies have begun September in first place eight times in franchise history. The first two times were 1915 and 1950. The last two times, 1993 and 2009.
Phillies finished last month, 18-10. August included a five-game winning streak (start of the month) and a four-game losing streak.
The win total was the third highest in team history: 22-7 (1977), 20-8 (1950), 20-9 (1991).