Their hottest hitter now goes to the bench. That’s the story of the Phillies as a nine-game interleague trip ended with a Blue Jays sweep in Toronto yesterday afternoon.
Thome had 12 hits in the nine games, including four homers, and 14 RBI. He was the DH but now becomes a pinch hitter as interleague play on the road is history in 2012.
Thome entered the record book with yesterday’s homer. As has been well documented, he joins A-Rod, Reggie Jackson and Darrell Evans as the only players in baseball history to hit 100 home runs for three different teams.
Phillies scored 46 runs on the trip, while batting .268. The enemy batted .276 and scored 52 runs, seven unearned as the Phillies committed 10 errors.
It seemed like an awful trip but if you want awful, go back to the 1928 Phillies. Visiting each of the seven other cities, they went 2-17.
The last three Saturdays and Sundays, the Phillies are now 0-6. The Phillies return to the NL Tuesday night hosting the struggling Rockies and then end interleague play with the Rays at Citizens Bank Park this weekend. Tampa leads the Phillies, 12-6. Ugh.
Lost weekend was a lost opportunity to gain some ground in the standings. Check the standings today, all teams in the NL East lost yesterday. In the AL East, all won.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley took two of three from Durham over the weekend. OF Domonic Brown aggravated his left knee Thursday and didn’t play.
**Reading won three of four from Akron. RHS Trevor May (6-4) ended a personal four-game losing streak on Friday night. RHS Julio Rodriguez (4-1) won Sunday’s 4-2 decision, 2 hits, 2 runs, 10 strikeouts, 7 innings
**Clearwater was off for the Florida State League All-Star Game, won by the South on Saturday night. Clearwater’s RHR Tyler Knigge took the loss.
**Lakewood swept three from Hickory. LHS Ethan Stewart (3-6) won on Sunday, his third straight win.
**Williamsport Crosscutters open the New York-Penn League season tonight hosting State College.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies play their first game at 12 noon today, hosting the Tigers.
June 18, 1948: After a 9-1 record with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, RHP Robin Roberts makes his major league debut, a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park.
June 18, 1989: Following the Phillies’ 6-5 win over New York, GM Lee Thomas pulls off two major trades, sending 2B Juan Samuel to the Mets for CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell and a minor leaguer and sending RHP Steve Bedrosian to San Francisco for LHP Terry Mulholland, LHP Dennis Cook and 3B Charlie Hayes.
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