Well, we’ve seen this before.
Phillies pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts against the Braves on Wednesday night but Atlanta won, 9-2. On May 6, 2011, they had 18 strikeouts, a club record, but lost to the Braves, 5-0.
In 2007, the Phillies began the season, 0-3, vs. the Braves; 2008, 0-2 (Nationals) and 2009, 0-2, again, the Braves. All three years ended in making the postseason, including back-to-back World Series.
In losing the first two this season, the Phillies and Braves each compiled 19 hits but the Braves scored more runs, 16-7, thanks to a 6-1 home run edge.
Doc failed to pick up his 200th win and was saddled with his 101st loss. He recorded nine of the 16 strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Since joining the Phillies in 2010, he’s had four outings of fewer than five innings in which he allowed four or more runs. Three have come at the hands of Atlanta.
Weather permitting; game 3 will be Thursday night. Cliff is going for the Phillies. He had 16 of the 18 strikeouts two years ago and was the loser.
OK, who has worn the Phillies uniform the most years?
The answer can be found in the newly-posted Alumni News & Notes at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Did You Know?
100 years ago on April 4, the Phillies and Philadelphia Athletics played a 2-2 City Series spring training game that was called because darkness after 18 innings. The A’s scored their runs in the first inning. The Phillies tied it with two in the last of the ninth.
Carroll (Boardwalk) Brown pitched all 18 innings for the A’s.
This historical tidbit is courtesy of baseball historian extraordinaire, Bob Warrington.