Agony of Defeat

The thrill of victory quickly turned into the agony of defeat last night in Atlanta. 

Kyle was awesome and with two out in the ninth, it looked as if the Phillies were home free.  Four batters later, the Braves walked off with an extra inning win.  Last time the Phillies led by 3 or more runs in the ninth inning and lost was July 16, 2000, in Yankee Stadium, a 9-8.  Elias Sports Bureau note of the day.

Second straight solid start for a Phillies starter and no wins.  An offense that averaged 7.7 runs in the first 10 games of the season is now averaging 1.3 runs during this three-game losing streak. 

Well, we weren’t going to average 7.7 for 162 games and we won’t be at 1.3 runs per game the rest of the season.  Things will get better.

Back at ’em tonight with Doc on the mound.  That’s one good thing about baseball, you don’t have to wait a week for the next game.  Last night is last night and today is today (Did Yogi Berra say that?).

This Date
Way back in 1898, pitcher Bill Duggleby hit a grand slam home run in his first major league at-bat in a home game against New York.  No pitcher has ever matched that.

He was 3-3 in 9 games with the Phillies that season. In eight big league seasons, he was 93-102 with a 3.18 ERA. 

Best note about him was his nickname: Frosty Bill.

Did You Know
(A new wrinkle that will appear here every Wednesday).
Total number of hot dogs sold at Citizens Bank Park a year ago: 1,140,823. 

Coming  Soon
Phillies: An Extraordinary Tradition, the new commemorative 252-page book that showcases the Phillies historic faces and places, will be on sale around May 1. Fans can pre-order now.

Mike Schmidt wrote the introduction and talked about his relationship with Phillies fans for 18 seasons.  Very interesting.

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