Doc won his 15th, Shane hit a big insurance home run, J-Roll and Ryan drove in two runs each, Hunter had another two-hit game and Madson picked up his 20h save. That’s the capsule of Monday night’s win in Dodger Stadium.
The Phillies beat an old nemesis in Kuroda. Going into the game, the Phillies starting lineup had 10 hits in 70 career at-bats against him. He gave up nine in 6.1 innings.
Hunter had his 42nd two-hit game of the season. He’s the absolute correct fit for this club.
Just one person’s opinion…..not surprised to see Shane tagged with a three-game suspension plus a fine. Very surprised that the Giants’ pitcher and catcher were only fined. The decision is a real puzzle. Glad Shane appealed.
Happy Birthday to Chris Wheeler, former pitching coach Claude Osteen and pitcher Kevin Saucier . . . E-Poll and Nielson survey of the most popular baseball players: Doc, #1, Cliff #2, Chase tied for 4th and Howard, #10 . . . J. C. Romero has been released by the Yankees and Kevin Millwood, released by the Red Sox, has been signed by the Rockies. Both were playing the in minor league. Another ex-Phillies pitcher, Arthur Rhodes, was released by the Rangers.
Thirty front office staffers will have their first postseason meeting Tuesday afternoon. MLB annually provides a thick manual about practices and policies for the postseason..
Among the topics for today’s meeting: hotels, facility/security, finance, ticketing, publications, media accommodations, broadcasting, hospitality functions, baseball operations re rosters, MLB properties, pre-game anthem and first pitch transportation/parking, scoreboard sponsorships, food, player wives accommodations and community affairs.
Experience of being in the postseason over the last four seasons is a real plus for the staff.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley won, 6-3, at Norfolk. RHP Scott Mathieson (1-1), 1 run in 7 innings; RHR Phillippe Aumont recorded his 3rd save, 1.2 innings, 4 strikeouts. . . Reading was idle . . . CF Jiwan James had a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th as Clearwater edged Daytona, 2-1. 1B Darin Ruf hit his 15th homer . . . Lakewood bested West Virginia, 10-7. 1B Jim Murphy hit his organization-high 22nd home run . . . Williamsport and Gulf Coast League were rained out.