Walks, Trophy, Notes, Rings

The usual reliable bullpen wasn’t so reliable last night.  Twice, we escaped a bases-loaded situation without the Blue Jays scoring. 

The third time cost us as Madson walked in the tying run in the top of the ninth.  It broke a 14 scoreless inning streak by the reliever. 

Madson’s game-tying walk was one of eight by the bullpen.  That many walks will bite you.

With his 10th homer, Werth became the fourth Phillie to reach double-digits.  We’re the first team in the N. L. to do that.  Other than his two-run homer, the offense produced only one other run.  Lack of hitting at home continues to be a puzzle.  Before last night, .273 on the road; .252 at home.

Perhaps we should wear our gray road uniforms at Citizens Bank Park.  Then again, we tried that on June 10, 1972, at the Vet, blue road uniforms against Atlanta.  Brilliant idea, terrible outcome: 15-3, Braves win.

Trophy Update
Fans can take photos of the World Series trophy prior to every Citizens Bank Park game.  The road show will slow down when the end of this month comes around.

For those of you in the Philly area, the trophy will appear this Saturday through the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society

June 27-28 it will be in Cooperstown, NY, for a special Phillies World Series weekend at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Take The Trophy to Work Day“, a promotion with Comcast SportsNet, has drawn nearly 12,000 entries.  Registration deadline is June 26.

Minor League Notes
LHP Yohan Flande and OF Stephen Susdorf are the minor league players of the week for June 8-14 . . . OF Michael Taylor continues to put up impressive numbers with the bat with the Reading Phillies.  Defensively, he gets high grades, too.  Harrisburg manager John Stearns says Taylor has the best outfield arm he’s seen since Ellis Valentine . . . Lakewood BlueClaws’ magic number for clinching the North Division first-half title is two going into tonight at Hagerstown.

Ring Time
Players received their World Series rings first, as they should, in pre-game ceremonies back on April 8.  Front office staff receives their rings on the field after tomorrow’s Citizens Bank Park Businessperson’s 1:05 p.m. game.   Should be exciting.

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