Doc Turns to Heat in Heat
Memorial Day wasn’t a vintage Doc performance but he came through with a gritty performance when it really counted on a hot and humid afternoon.
Touched for a season-high three homers, Doc was in hot water when the Nationals had runners on first and third with no out in the seventh. Dripping wet and over 100 pitches, he turned to fast balls to get out of the jam unscored. He fanned Werth on a high heater to end the inning. That’s the sign of a great pitcher.
The Phillies wound up with their third win on this trip, all come-from-behind efforts (7th inning or later).
Doc has won 11 straight decisions against the Nationals/Expos. He is also riding a 10-game winning streak against the Orioles.
The back-to-back homers by Ryan and Raul came in the Daily News Home Run Payoff inning. Up until that time, there was only one $1,000 winner, back in April, a sign of the Phillies power shortage. A grand slam means $10,000 and LA has volunteered to add $10.00. Kind gentleman, he is.
Monday was the 54th game, one-third of the season. They are 34-20.
Only better record is 38-16, first done in 1976 and matched in 1993.
Since Chase has returned, the Phillies have 35 extra-base hits. Don’t know how to explain that one . . . Phillies are 24-5 when hitting at least one home run . . . Night game Tuesday, followed by a day game Wednesday and a day off on Thursday, the first after 20 consecutive games.
While many were enjoying Memorial Day, scouting director Marti Wolever and his troops began preparation for the First-Year Player Draft that starts next Monday.
Joining Marti are Mike Ledna – National Coordinator, Bill Moore – National Coordinator, Darrell Conner – West Regional Supervisor, Brian Kohlscheen – Central Regional Supervisor, Gene Schall – East Regional Supervisor, Sal Agostinelli – International Supervisor and Steve Cohen – Texas Area Supervisor/Pacific Rim Coordinator.
Ruben, his assistants Scott, Benny and Chuck, pluss Pat Gillick, Dallas Green, assistant scouting director Rob Holiday and baseball information analyst Jay McLaughlin will be in the daily meetings in the Draft Room, which is located on the Hall of Fame Club level, just around the corner from Ruben’s office.