Madson A Workorse Reliever

Roy-O is on the mound to begin the homestand tonight.  His first game with the Phillies (July 30) was a loss in Washington, DC.  Since then, he is 6-1 with a 1.98 ERA in nine starts. 

By pitching tonight, rather than Saturday, he’ll face the Braves next Wednesday.

Washington is no pushover.  They’re fresh from taking two of three in Atlanta where the Braves have the best home record in the NL.

Ironman Reliever
Since August 1, Ryan Madson has pitched in 28 of 43 games, 2-1 with 1 save.  Perhaps that broken toe early in the season was a blessing in disguise.  He was on the DL for a long time (April 30-July 7) so he was fresh and strong when he returned.

Numbers
15-4, Phillies record since losing four in a row at home to the Astros in late August.  Perhaps that series was a wake-up call.

12-3, Phillies record this month, best in MLB.

33-24, Phillies record against the NL East, including 18 wins in the last 23 games.  Remaining 15 games are against the East.

Wet Night
Lakewood was rained out last night.  So, they meet Greenville in Game 3 tonight at home.  Best-of-5 series is tied, 1-1.

Game 4 will be Saturday at 4:05 p.m.  If Game 5 is necessary, it will start 45 minutes after Game 4 is over.

Tickets are available at BlueClaws.com.

Happy Birthday
Old friend Bobby Wine, who is 72 today.  I’m six days older but he looks much older.

Tomorrow: C Don McCormack (55), RHP Roger Mason (52) and Ryne Sandberg (51).  Mason called and will be coming to next Friday’s game with the Mets along with his family.

Sad News
Wayne Twitchell, an All-Star pitcher with the Phillies in 1973, died yesterday from cancer.  He was 62.

When asked about his favorite memories while playing with the Phillies, “Twitch” had listed the “Division Championship 1976. Ballpark, fans, teammates, front office, representing the Phillies in the 1973 All-Star Game.”

Condolences to his wife, Barbara, and their sons, Matthew and Patrick.

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