Dating back to last season, the Phillies have won five straight series and 14 of their last 15.
Weekend in Atlanta was full of interesting notes:
**Bastardo tied the club record for a reliever with six consecutive strikeouts on Friday night, matching RH Jack Meyer (1958) and LH Willie Hernandez (1983).
**Oswalt had won 151 games going into Saturday’s start. The victory was his first ever against the Braves.
**Oswalt’s two catchers, Schneider and Chooch, combined for two homers and seven RBI. Chooch became the seventh Phillies player to hit a pinch-hit grand slam since 2000, the most in the majors.
**Hamels had won 60 games in the majors. Sunday was his 10th over the Braves, the most wins he has against any one club.
**Shane has five consecutive multi-hit games. He was 2-for-24 lifetime against Lowe until Sunday when he went 3-3. Shane had 10 hits against the Braves all of last season. He had nine over the weekend.
**7-2 record is the exact same as last year’s start.
“Manny went out on his fanny,” Gary Shelton, St. Petersburg Times columnist after Manny Ramirez retired when he learned he was facing a second suspension for breaking MLB’s substance abuse policy.”
“Joe’s having trouble making an out right now,” Clearwater Threshers manager Dusty Wathan, after DH-1B Joe Savery went 10-for-12 in his first three games.
“This is a good pitch in which to park,” commented Larry Andersen on Sunday after Brian McCann hit a fly ball deep to center. Fellow broadcaster Scott Franzke, chuckled and asked, “What did you just say?”
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley was rained out on Friday and lost back-to-back 2-0 games.
**Reading won two in a row before a 2-0 loss on Sunday. C Tuffy Gosewisch is hitting .500 in three games.
**Clearwater remained undefeated with three wins. RF Leandro Castro had a pair of homers and five RBI . . . 1B-DH Joe Savery was 2-for-3 on Sunday, which dropped his batting average 33 points, .833 to .800 . . . RHS Brody Colvin left after two innings on Sunday as a precautionary measure with tightness in his lower back.
**Lakewood was rained out Friday night and again on Saturday night (double-header) before losing two games on Sunday, 2-0 in 16 innings and 4-1 in 7 innings. BlueClaws had seven total hits and struck out 25 times.
What Would You Have Done?
What profession or occupation might you have chosen if you didn’t play baseball? The question was recently posed to members of the Phillies Alumni.
“I would have most likely been part of the Department of Natural Resources or in some kind of wildlife management in the state of Minnesota,” Jim Eisenreich, (OF, 1993-96).