The Beat Goes On
The beat goes on. Doc improved to 10-0 in his last 10 decisions against the Nationals/Expos while his opponent, John Lannan, fell to 0-10 against the Phillies last night.
Elias Sports Bureau: This was the first matchup of starting pitchers, one on a winning streak of nine or more games against the opposing team and the other on a losing streak of nine-plus games against his opponent, since Sept. 29, 1929, when the Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics met at Braves Field in Boston. A’s starter Lefty Grove had won his last 13 decisions against the Red Sox and Boston starter Red Ruffing had lost his last 12 decisions against the Athletics. Ruffing and the Red Sox beat Grove and the A’s, 10-0, snapping both streaks.
Raul showed that when you’re hot, you’re hot on the heels of when you’re not, you’re not. After a frigid 0-35 spell, he’s now 8-11 with three doubles and a pair of homers, including a monster upper deck shot last night. Once again, Charlie’s patience and confidence in a player has paid off.
Phillies have won eight series, lost two and tied one . . . Polly leads the NL in hits (45). Last Phillie to lead the league in hits: Dave Cash, 213, in 1975 . . . Phillies are 9-1 against LH starters . . . ESPN Sunday night national telecast (8:05) against the Braves, who open a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night . . . Happy birthday to broadcaster and one-time reliever, Larry Andersen, a young 58.
Last night, the Phillies ended 13 games against clubs with losing records (10-3). It changes starting Friday night as the next 20 games are against contenders, Braves (6), Marlins (3), Cardinals (2), Rockies (2), Rangers (3) and Reds (4).
The Braves come to town as the hottest team in the majors, a five-game winning streak, fresh from sweeping four from the Brewers for the first time ever. Atlanta is 11th in team batting (.240), first in ERA (2.94) and fourth in fielding percentage (.988).
Sunday’s night game will prove once again that to be in baseball, you have to learn to sleep fast. According to the itinerary, the Delta charter is scheduled to leave at 1 a.m. Monday with a 3:15 a.m. arrival in Ft. Lauderdale (Marlins next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights). Team bus leaves for Sun Life Stadium at 3:15 p.m. on Monday, 12 hours after landing. That’s if everything goes smoothly, including a fast nine-inning game on Sunday.
Down On The Farm
LF Brandon Moss hit two homers (#3-4), including a slam and drove in a personal and franchise record seven runs as Lehigh Valley opened an eight-game road trip with a 10-3 romp in Columbus. RF Domonic Brown was 3-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base . . . Reading, after a five-game winning streak, lost its fourth in a row, 10-5, to New Hampshire as J. C. Ramirez lost his first (4-1) . . . Clearwater stretched its winning streak to six games, 5-1, in Lakeland. 3B Jeremy Barnes had two hits, boosting his average to .438 in four games since the promotion from Lakewood. RHS Tyler Cloyd (2-1) was the winner, one run in five innings . . . Lakewood opened an eight-game road trip with a 5 -2 triumph in Charleston. 2B Alan Schoenberger, sent to Lakewood when Barnes moved up, had a double and home run in his first game with the BlueClaws.