Weekend Nose Dive
Grinding it out is one of Charlie’s favorite sayings. Phillies did just that and racked up their fifth straight win on Thursday night in Milwaukee to top .500 for the first time this season. Then, the weekend came and a three-game nose dive.
**Cliff walked three Friday night after none in previous two starts. Two of the three scored and the Brewers won for the first time since July, 8, 1911, when trailing by four runs.
**Leading, 4-2, Howard led off the sixth that night with a double, their last hit of the game. A chance to add on went 1-2-3 quietly.
**Saturday the offense was Domonic, second-inning HR, two-run double in the eight in a 4-3 loss.
**Domonic and Erik have been driving the offensive bus. Kratz left Saturday’s game with a knee injury, was put on the DL and returned to Philadelphia for tests today.
**Suddenly, the Phillies are down to their third and fourth catchers on the depth chart.
**Lohse had lost five in a row and right off the bat, three of the first four Phillies got hits but Mike Young was thrown out at home plate. Lohse worked eight innings, first time in two seasons.
**Offense didn’t produce another hit until Quintero, #3 catcher, homered with two out in the eighth. That blast meant the Phillies have gone deep in 14 straight game, which has produced a 7-7 record.
**Pettibone, for the second time in three starts, gave up four first-inning runs (on three hits) and then settled down but the Brewers scored five times in their last three at-bats in a 9-1 romp prompting radio voice Scott Franzke, “LA, it’s time for a shallow thought.” After a pause, LA responded, “What is the speed of dark.” Scott, “I don’t know.” LA: “Neither do I.”
**With Mike Adams nursing a sore bicep, the bullpen was a bit thinner for the weekend. Pap finally got in a game and gave up a solo home run in the eighth to Maldonado, the Milwaukee catcher who went in the game with a .161 average.
**Bad news, the Phillies went 2-5 in back-to-back weekends against the Brewers.
**Good news, the Phillies won’t see them again until next year.
**Phillies left Milwaukee last night for Minneapolis and a three-game series that starts on Tuesday night.
A total of 1,216 players were selected by major league teams in the annual First-Year Player draft that concluded Saturday evening. 41 of those belonged to the Phillies.
Notes among the Phillies selections:
**OF Cord Sandberg, no relation to Ryne, 3rd round, was ranked 5th among corner outfielders by Baseball America. Sandberg was a two-sport star who has a scholarship offer to Mississippi State as a quarterback. Ryne also was a standout quarterback in high school but chose baseball.
**C Jake Sweaney, 5th round, is a wide-receiver/defensive back in high school with an offer from Oregon. Among catchers, Baseball America ranked him 10th. 3B Joe Martarano, 13th, has an offer to play linebacker at Boise State.
**LHP Denton Keys, 11th, threw four no-hitters at Rye (CO) high school this spring, including a perfect game. He has a baseball offer from Kansas.
**LHP Ben Wetzler, 6th and RHP Dan Child, 18th, both pitched for Oregon State.
**RHP Griffin Jax, 12th and RHP Dimitri Casas, are from Cherry Creek HS in Colorado, same school that produced Brad Lidge.
**RHP Matt Soren, 19th and OF Nick Ferdinand, 35th, both played for the University of Delaware, which had four players selected over the three days.
**3B Trey Williams, 8th, is the son of ex-big leaguer Earl Williams; 2B Cavan Biggio, 29th, is the son of Craig Biggio, another big leaguer, and RHP Mark Leiter, 22nd, is the son of Mark Leiter, former Phillies pitcher.
**SS Jose Haros out of San Fernando HS in California was the Phillies last selection, overall #1,201.
**Two other sons of Phillies alumnus were selected by other clubs, LHP J. D. Underwood and RHP Cal Quantrill.
Those selected have until July 12 to sign.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won 3 of 4 to get to .500. 3B Cody Asche, 7-16; hitting .350 in lasts 10 games. 1B Cody Overbeck had driven in a run in 5 straight, 9 total. INF Michael Martinez had a 10-game hitting streak end Sunday.
**Reading dropped 2 of 3 to Harrisburg, getting a total of 12 hits. LHP Jesse Biddle (3-6) lost his 3rd in a row, 1-0, in 1st game Saturday.
**Clearwater lost 2 and then won last 2, a Sunday doubleheader, all against Dunedin. LF Aaron Altherr’s 2-run homer in the 6th was the game-winner in the opener, 2-0.
**Lakewood was rained out at Delmarva on Friday and Saturday and exchanged shutouts in Sunday DH, losing 8-0 before ending a 4-game losing streak, 2-0, in the second game.
June 10, 1972–To change their luck, Phillies wear blue road uniforms at home only to lose to Atlanta, 15-3. The blue road uniforms never appeared again at the Vet.
June 10, 1975–3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off a public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from home plate. Schmidt settles for a single off LHP Claude Osteen in the Phillies’ 12-0 win.
June 10, 1981–1B Pete Rose needs two hits to surpass Stan Musial as the all-time NL hit leader. Rose singles in his first at-bat against Houston RHP Nolan Ryan, who then strikes out Pete the next three at-bats. Phils win, 5-4, before 57,386. Two days later, players go on strike until August, eliminating 55 games.