Back Home Friday Night
Travel itinerary estimated the arrival from Miami to be 3 a.m. today. Probably a bunch of bleary-eyed players got off the Delta charter but today’s a day off so there’s plenty of time for some rest.
Doc became the league’s first 19-game winner as he beat the Marlins for the fourth time. He struck out nine and did not issue a walk over his six innings. It’s the fourth game this season in which he struck out at least nine batters and did not give up a walk, the highest such total for any pitcher in the major leagues. His control is amazing.
Offense had a strange series against the Marlins scoring 11, 2 and 10 runs in the three games. But, the bottom line, all three games were wins. Starting pitching has been phenomenal.
So it is back home for nine sold-out games then the final six on the road. Edge appears to be on the Phillies side. But as Charlie has preached, one game at a time. Not too giddy when things are going good and not too low when things aren’t.
Tomorrow night’s game with the Nationals will be aired in the Braves’ and Mets’ markets by the MLB Network. ESPN will carry next Wednesday night’s game with the Braves.
Larry Christenson will be signing autographs tomorrow night (5:15-6:00) at Mitchell & Ness’ Alley Store in Ashburn Alley.
Phillies Alumni who are celebrating today include RHP Rogers McKee (84), C Mark Parent (49) and SS Desi Relaford (37).
Thanks for the birthday wishes. Didn’t mention it because birthdays shouldn’t be counted when you reach a certain age. But, let the record show, I’m 2. You fill in the rest.
The Greenville Drive and Lakewood BlueClaws resume their best-of-5 South Atlantic League Championship Series tonight at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, 7:05. Series is tied, 1-1. Game 4 is tomorrow night at Lakewood as is Game 5 on Saturday, if that game is necessary.
20-year-old RHP Brody Colvin will start tonight. He was 6-8 with a 3.38 ERA for the season. After May 12, 4-3 with a 2.00 ERA. He was a 7th-round pick in 2009 and was on campus at LSU when he decided to sign with the Phillies at the deadline last August.