Doc, Ryan Lead Sweep
Doc wasn’t his sharpest but great pitchers bend but don’t break. Ryan committed two errors in the first inning but doubled that in RBI and the Phillies left Denver with a three-game sweep.
For some reason, hitters starting an inning get on base against Doc, six times in his seven innings. That seems to happen quite often with him. What doesn’t often happen, they don’t score. Phillies are 19-4 in Doc’s 23 starts this season.
Ryan is swinging a hot bat, .333 in last 12 games with six homers and 13 RBI. The Big Piece can certainly carry a club. His home run was the first off a LH pitcher this season.
Winning a four-game series means taking three games. That’s not easy. And, it won’t be in SF where the Phillies open a four-gamer against the Giants on Thursday night. Phillies haven’t done well in ATT&T Park, 14-24.
With Madson away from the team and about to become a daddy for the fourth time, Brad got his first save opportunity. He went 1-2-3 for his 100th save with the Phillies, the fourth ever to reach that number: Mitch Williams (102), Steve Bedrosian (103) and Jose Mesa (112).
Dallas Green turns 77 today . . . Saturday’s game will be a FOX national telecast . . . Phillies Insider climbed five spots to #25 among the MLB Blogs. Thanks for reading and not falling asleep . . . From the Daily News today: Phillies are 112-56 since August 1, 2010.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley was not scheduled . . . Reading wound up in a 1-1 game suspended after 8 innings by rain. RHP Austin Hyatt fanned 12 in innings, 3 hits, 1 run . . . Clearwater was also not scheduled . . . Lakewood scored 3 in the top of the 9th for a 3-0 win in Delmarva. OF Anthony Hewitt hit a 2-run homer (12th) and stole his 31st base . . . Williamsport was edged at Brooklyn, 3-2. CF Aaron Altherr, his 4th home run and 2nd in last 2 games . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 9-7, to Blue Jays. SS Carlos Valenzuela had 2 hits, boosting team-high average to .339.
Citizens Bank Park Numerology
Since the opening of the Phillies new home in 2004:
25,000,000+ Fans attending regular season games
3,878,238 Hot dogs sold
2,963,873 Bottles of water sold
2,274,600 Rally towels, regular season and postseason
1,886,552 Cheesesteaks sold
1,125,551 Peanuts sold
304,497 Baseballs used
138,447 Phillies hats sold
125,956 Citizens Bank Park tours attendance
1,210 Times the grass was mowed
4 Regular doubleheaders
3 NL East clinching victories
2 World Series
1 NLCS clinching victory . . . World Series championship
Infinite Number of peanut shells