The Beat Goes On
Winning the series opener at the Marlins on Friday night lifted the Phillies to 42 games over .500 for the first time in the 129-year history of the franchise.
Obviously the 2011 edition is a very good team, led by a chore of solid All-Star position players and a pitching staff of aces. But, the supporting cast has played a huge role in their roll.
Bastardo, Worley, Stutes, Valdez, Mayberry, Martinez, Schneider have become a solid supporting cast.
On Friday night, Mayberry drove in three of the five runs and the bullpen closed the door again.
Phillies tied the Red Sox for the most wins on the road this season, 42. Since 2004, the Phillies are 349-281 on the road, best record in the NL.
Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati Madson relieved in his 461st game, thus breaking the Phillies record for most relief appearances by Tug McGraw.
Including Madson’s starts, he has been in 480 games. Only Steve Carlton (499) and Robin Roberts (529) pitched in more games for the Phillies.
Down On the Farm
**Lehigh Valley scored the winning run on an error in a 2-1 decision over Buffalo. IronPigs are 2 games out of first place and have a .5 game lead in the wildcard race. Final home game on Saturday night is followed by two road games in Syracuse.
**Reading won, 4-2, at Binghamton as OF Mike Spidale had 2 hits to increase his average to .325. Phillies, 3 out of first place, lead the wildcard race by .5 games. Three more road games in Binghamton close the regular season.
**Clearwater was eliminated from a possible second-half title in losing a doubleheader at Dunedin.
**Lakewood lost 6-5 at Hagerstown. Three more games on the schedule in Hagerstown. One more loss and Lakewood is eliminated.
**Williamsport also faces 1 more loss for elimination following a 3-2 defeat at State College. Two more games there end the season.
Phillies History Today
1917: Grover Cleveland Alexander went the distance in winning both games of a doubleheader against Brooklyn, 5-0 and 9-3.