When you are hot, you are hot.
Folks, the Phillies are hot. Everything is clicking these days, pitching, hitting, defense. So, they aim for a four-game sweep Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.
Kyle was outstanding in the Wednesday afternoon game. When he works at least six innings, he is 27-6 with a 2.72 ERA. That’s pretty impressive.
Then, the offense staged a come-from-behind extra-inning win in the night game. Clutch hits from Shane and Chooch did it.
In the middle of the clubhouse are two eraser boards where instructions are left for the players. After Wednesday night’s game, “Everybody dressed, 11:30 Thursday” was the message posted in blue ink. Players had to hustle home Wednesday night and pack for a six-game road trip.
The Phillies will board a Delta Charter flight following Thursday’s game for a long flight to the northwest part of the country, Seattle to be specific. It will be a three-game weekend interleague series against the Mariners starting Friday night.
Wall of Fame Inductee
John Kruk, the last player to compile a .300 career batting average with the Phillies, is the 2011 inductee into the Toyota Wall of Fame. He compiled a .309 average during his six-years with the Phillies, good enough for ninth on the club’s all-time list. Richie Ashburn’s .311 is eighth. Until Kruk came along, no one had hit .300 since Ashburn finished his Phillies career in 1959.
Kruk will be inducted on Friday night, August 12, before the Phillies-Nationals 7:05 p.m. game. Darren Daulton, the 2010 inductee, will have the honor of introducing his former teammate.
Yesterday in Phillies History
1991: RHP Andy Ashby became the first Phillies pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches. He did it in the fourth inning of a game that the Cincinnati Reds won, 3-1.
Down On The Farm
Well, major roster shuffles have taken place the last two days:
Lehigh Valley: RHP Brian Gordon (5-0) exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and will start for the Yankees Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium . . . RHS Eddie Bonine faces Tommy John surgery . . . RHS Nate Bump was placed on the DL with a hamstring strain . . . INF Ronnie Belliard has voluntarily retired . . . RHR Chance Chapman was assigned to Reading.
Reading: INF Cody Overbeck, who leads the league in homers and RBI, has been promoted to Lehigh Valley . . . Also going to LV are LHS Ryan Edell, RHR Phillippe Aumont and RHR Justin De Fratus.
Clearwater: 1B-DH Joe Savery has been promoted to Reading as has RHR Justin Friend, who leads the league with 19 saves.
Players of the Week (June 5-12)
**Pitcher: RHS Vance Worley, Lehigh Valley. Was 1-0 for 1 start, a 6-0 win on Tuesday vs. Durham. He worked 7 innings, allowed 3 hits, 2 walks while striking out six. Over his last two starts (both wins), he’s pitched 13.2 scoreless innings. The 23-year-old was selected in the 3rd round of the 2008 draft out of Long Beach State University and signed by Tom Kissner.
**Player: 3B-1B-LF Cody Overbeck, Reading. Batted .358 with an organization-high 10 hits, including four homers. He drove in eight runs. For the season, he leads the Eastern League with 18 home runs and 46 RBI. The 25-year-old was selected in the 9th round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Mississippi and signed by Mike Stauffer