Offensive Woes

At the bottom of page one of the daily game notes provided by the Baseball Communications Department is a bunch of numbers capturing the Phillies in 24 different categories. Among those is their won-loss record when scoring three or fewer runs: 7-32. More than three, 28-11.

32nd loss came last night, a 3-2 loss, getting one double and six singles. A.J. pitched well, allowing all three runs in the fourth inning after a misplayed liner in left by Domonic, who later drove in the Phillies final run with a single.

The Phillies have struggled at home this season (17-23). There are more numbers on page one that tell the story. Going into the game, the Phillies were hitting .228 at home, starting pitchers had a 3.27 ERA and relievers, 3.14. Simple analysis: the offense is not producing. Further testimony, in their last five games, the Phillies have scored 13 runs, seven coming Tuesday night when an error and two wild pitches by the Marlins produced three of the runs.

Number of the Day
17: consecutive scoreless outings by Mario, the most ever for a Phillies rookie reliever. Previous mark is 14 set by Dick Farrell in 1957 and matched last season by B.J.

Tweet of the Day
Curt Schilling: “As of yesterday I am in remission. Start the 5-year clock!”

Minor League Report
Players of the week (June 16-22)
Player – OF, Cord Sandberg, Williamsport … 7 G … Batted .367 (11-30), .424 OBP, .700 SLG %, 7 R, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB, 21 total bases … He hit safely in each of his first 10 games for WIL this season and currently leads the New York-Penn League in batting (.395) and hits (17) … Selected by the Phillies in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft out of Manatee High School (FL), Sandberg was signed by Alan Marr.
Pitcher – LHP, Ryan Demmin, Clearwater … 2 G, 1-1, 1.93 ERA (3 ER, 14.0 IP), 1 BB, 10 H, 15 SO …  In his second start of the week, he tossed 8.0 scoreless innings until rain cut his bid at a complete game shutout short … Has a 1.29 ERA over 4 starts with the Threshers so far this season … A resident of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he was signed as a minor league free agent, 8/8/13.

Lehigh Valley was rained out of a doubleheader in Syracuse.

Reading was rained out in Binghamton.

Clearwater lost 9-3 to Tampa, getting 2 singles.

Lakewood lost, 4-3, in Greensboro. 2B Andrew Pullin, 3-3; is 8-12 in the first three games of the series with 3 RBI.

Williamsport rained out at home vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 6-2, to the Pirates. 3B Damek Tomscha, 2-4, both RBI; hitting .500 for the season.

Alumni Luncheon
Annual event for seniors set for Friday noon, August 8, in the Diamond Club honoring Charlie Manuel is now sold out. Charlie will be inducted into the Wall of Fame the next night.

Toyota Alumni weekend includes a Roy Halladay bobble head on August 8 and Alumni Day on Sunday, the 10th.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tonight, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 100 Fitness Way, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

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