Good-bye PNC Park

PNC Park is a place where the Phillies have really struggled (13-22), including two weekend losses out of three.  Looking for some good news? We don’t go back there until 2012.

Doc came through as an ace should, stopping a four-game losing streak on Sunday.  He also chipped in with the bat and ran the bases as the offense finally put up some numbers on the scoreboard.  They are 23-3 when scoring more than three runs. 

Now, back home for the Dodgers starting on Monday night.  LA is fresh from taking two of three in Cincinnati, scoring 22 runs in their last two games.    Dodgers are 13-16 on the road; Phillies 19-10 at home.  Only the Brewers (21-7) and Diamondbacks (20-13) have more home wins than the Phillies.

Both teams have been hit hard by the injury bug.  The Dodgers have had 13 players on the DL at some point this season.

Top Perch
Phillies have been in first place on May 1 and June 1 six times in their history: 1900, 1964, 1993, 2001, 2008 and 2011.

Draft Time
It all starts at 7 p.m. on Monday from the MLB Network Studio 42.  First round and compensation round will be nationally televised by baseball. Phillies have the 39th overall selection on Monday.

Marti Wolever will operate out of the draft room at Citizens Bank Park.  Each team will have representatives at the MLB Network studio.  Mickey Morandini and I will be there for the Phillies and Mickey gets to announce the 39th pick, which is scheduled for around 10:16 p.m.

Other former Phillies scheduled to be there include Geoff Jenkins (Brewers), Dave Cash and Al Oliver (Pirates), Davey Johnson and Pat Corrales (Nationals).

Day two and three of the draft will be held Tuesday and Wednesday by conference call. Each day starts at 12 noon.  You can follow the full draft on

Down On The Farm
RHS Vance Worley (3-2) won on Friday night, 0 runs, 6 innings, but Lehigh Valley dropped next 2 weekend games in Charlotte . . . RHS Austin Hyatt (6-3) fanned 8 in 7 scoreless innings as Reading won, 5-0, Friday night in Richmond, which won the next 2 games . . . Jonathan Singleton returned to his natural position (first base) after starting the season in left field.  Clearwater won 2 of 3; 9 wins in last 11 games . . . LF Michael Dabbs was 5-13 during Lakewood’s 3 weekend losses.

Today in Baseball
1918: Casey Stengel, after being traded by Brooklyn in the offseason, made his return to Ebbetts Field a memorable one.  In his first at-bat, Stengel called time, stepped out of the batter’s box and doffed his cap.  A bird flew out.

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