Good Bye A. L.

June 22, 2007

Tough loss last night, especially after the Phillies regained the lead against C. C. Sabathia, one of the top pitchers in the game. 

The Phillies finished 2-4 against the two best teams (Detroit/Cleveland) in the AL Central.  They are the two best offensive clubs in that league and that’s why they are dueling for the division title.  The Phillies could have easily been 4-2.  Bullpen inconsistency led to two of the four losses.

There is a silver lining in last night’s game, two hitless, scoreless innings by Geoff Geary.  He’s struggled lately which any pitcher or hitter can do.  Geary is a very important part of the bullpen.

So, it is good-bye to the AL and back to the NL starting tomorrow night in St. Louis. The Phillies need to regroup and avoid the other trip to Missouri a couple of weekends ago.  In case you forgot, the Phillies lost two of three to the Royals. 

The Cardinals are really scuffling, partially because of numerous injuries.  But, they are still the defending World Champions.

Last night’s defeat registered 9,990 in the history of the Phillies. Ten more creates a milestone that has never been reached by any other sports franchise.   Get ready for some dandy media coverage, including two biggies, Sports Illustrated and USA TODAY.

Today’s History Lesson
Established in 1883, the Phillies are the oldest, continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in American professional sports (although the team briefly used alternate nicknames in some years).

Of the eight teams in the National League in 1883, only three other franchises have been in the league as long as the Phillies, Chicago, New York (San Francisco) and Boston (Milwaukee-Atlanta).  Before you ask, no, I wasn’t around in 1883!

Because of the Phillies longevity, they have played more games, won more games, lost more games and attracted more fans (over 115 million) than any other sports franchise in this city.  No team will catch us.

The Phillies been a Philadelphia institution longer than Philadelphia University, Temple University, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, Philadelphia Suburban Water Co., Sunoco, Inc., The Racquet Club of Philadelphia and Goldenberg Candy Co.

Moving Up
Carlos Carrasco, the 20-year-old right-handed pitching prospect, has been promoted from Clearwater to double-A Reading.

His Clearwater numbers for 12 starts: 6-2, 2.84 ERA, 69.2 innings, 49 hits, 22 walks, 53 strikeouts; opponents batted .199.  His two June starts: 1-0, 1 run in 17 innings with 15 strikeouts.

A year ago he was the Paul Owens Award winner as the best pitcher in the Phillies minor league system.  He’s headed for a repeat.

He’s making his AA debut tonight at Reading.   

Carrasco and Lakewood 2B Adrian Cardenas have been selected to the July 8 XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game in San Francisco. Carrasco will be on the World Rostes; Carednas, the USA Roster.

1 Comment

Nice blog entry Larry, may I invite you on to on of our podcasts that are coming up on Philly Sports?

Our podcast is


Rich Baxter

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