5-2 Trip Ends
During this run of five straight division titles, the Phillies have been lethal at Citizens Bank Park and dominant on the road.
J-Roll’s bat came alive last night and the Phillies wrapped up the 5-2 road trip with a win that clinched the series vs. the Mets. Victory was the 12th in their last 17 road games. Their 16-12 road record is the best in the NL.
Once again Cliff couldn’t pick up a win. He’s winless in eight starts this season. Phillies are just 3-5 in those starts.
Following a day off on Thursday (Phillies are 6-0 on Thursdays), the Marlins (three) and Dodgers (four) come to Citizens Bank Park where the Phillies are only 11-13. That record is the poorest in the NL East.
In another scheduling quirk, the Marlins are visiting Philly this weekend for the second time before the Phillies visit Miami for the first time. At the end of this month, the Phils will finally play in the Marlins’ new playpen. The final three games of the season will be there.
Phillies dominated the NL East a year ago, 43-29. This year, they are only 8-12.
More Draft Notes
With the signing of Papelbon, the Phillies do not have a first-round selection next Monday. However, they have two sandwich picks after that round, one for the loss of Ryan Madson (#40) and the other for losing Raul Ibanez (#54).
In the second round that begins Tuesday’s portion, they get the 77th selection, again relating to Madson signing with the Reds, and #95. So, of the first 100 overall selections, the Phillies will have four.
Last season, the teams went 50 rounds and the deadline for signing your selections was August 15. With the new basic agreement that went into effect this year, the draft will stop after 40 rounds and the deadline for signing has been moved up to July 5.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley ended a 6-game losing streak by scoring 3 in the top of the 8th for a 6-3 win at Gwinnett. Domonic Brown, back in LF, was 3-5 with his 1st home run.
**Reading defeated Binghamton, 5-3. CF Jiwan James hit his 4th home run. RHR Justin Friend recorded his 11th save.
**Clearwater scored 4 in the top of the 8th for a 5-4 win at Tampa. RF Zach Collier, 3-4 with a double. C Cameron Rupp, 4th home run. RHP Brody Colvin (3-4), working out of the bullpen, picked up the win.
**Lakewood lost its 4th in a row, 10-5, at West Virginia. 3B Maikel Franco (#5) and 1B Kelly Dugan (#4) homered.
May 31, 1994: Phillies rally for 8-7 win in Wrigley Field, ending May with a 15-13 record despite losing three starting pitchers (Curt Schilling, Tommy Greene, Ben Rivera) and three regulars (John Kruk, Kevin Stocker and Dave Hollins) to the disabled list during the month.
This year, the Phillies have lost Herndon, Thome, Nix, Worley and Doc to the DL
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