June 2010

Back Again

Back in business again after being on the temporary inactive list.  Just needed time to be with my wife who had to have two surgeries for one broken patella. 

Goal again is to post (or bore) you five times a week.

Cole put an end to the nonsense in Boston and the Phillies got out of town with a win against the Red Sox yesterday.  Boston just seems to have our number.

Elias Says
Elias Sports Bureau: Blanton allowed 8 runs in the first inning on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Jamie gave up 9 in a little more than an inning on Friday night.  It is the fourth time in Phillies history that starting pitchers allowed at least 8 runs over the first 3 innings in consecutive games.  Last time was 1895 (that’s right, 115 years ago) when Willie McGill and Gus Weyhing were the starting pitchers in question.

No Let Up
The top three A. L. teams in on-base percentage are the Yankees, Red Sox and Twins.  Well, the Sox are out of the way but the Yankees are next starting Tuesday night followed by the Twins.

Charlie once said if you want to be the best you have to beat the best.

National TV
Tuesday and Thursday night games from Yankee Stadium will be on the MLB Network, blacked out in the Philadelphia area.

Saturday, Twins at Citizens Bank Park, will be a FOX telecast.

Alumni Notes
**Belated Happy Birthday to Art Mahan, the oldest living Phillies player who turned 97 on June 8.  He was the first baseman on the 1940 Phillies, .244 in 146 games.

**Greg Luzinski, Darren Daulton, Marty Bystrom, Terry Harmon, Tyler Green and Andy Ashby are playing today in the Richie Ashburn Golf Classic at Commonwealth National Golf Club.  Proceeds benefit the Cradel of Liberty Council Boy Scouts of America.

**Belated condolences go to Tommy Greene and his son, Seth, on the passing of Lori Greene, 46, after a battle with cancer on June 7.  Tommy and Lori were a great couple, real down to earth people.  We look forward to having Tommy back for Alumni weekend in August.  It won’t be the same without Lori, someone everyone loved.

**Strange to see Pat Burrell wearing #9, instead of #5.  Just think, he’s re-united with his outfielder neighbor (Aaron Rowand).


A Rut

Elias Sports Bureau came up with the following note:

“The Phillies have not scored more than three runs in any of their last 10 games. Over the last 40 years the Phillies have had only one other double-digit streak of that type: the Phillies failed to score more than three runs in any of the first 11 games of the 1997 season under rookie manager Terry Francona.”  That’s called an offensive rut.

This afternoon is time to break that streak and losing ways.  Day off tomorrow may be just what the doctor ordered.  Get away from the ballpark, don’t touch a bat.

Minor League Notes
RHS Austin Hyatt, RHS Travis May, RHR Justin DeFratus and 3B Cody Overbeck of the Clearwater Threshers have been selected to the Northern Division team for the June 12 Florida State League All-Star Game in Viera, FL.

Players of the week in the Phillies system for last week:
Pitcher:  LHP Matthew Way, Lakewood BlueClaws.  1-0 for 2 starts, 1.38 ERA over 13 total innings.  Allowed 11 hits, 2 earned runs and 3 walks while striking out 11.  The 23-year-old was drafted in the 5th round a year ago out of Washington State U.; signed by Tim Kissner.  Way is a native of Sitka, AK.

Player:  1B-DH Darrin Ruf, Clearwater Threshers.  Hit .320 in 6 games.  Among hit 8 hits were 2 doubles and 2 homers.  He drove in 5 and scored 6.  The 23-year-old was selected in the 20th round a year ago out of Creighton University; signed by David Seifert.

Happy Birthday: Raul Ibanez turns 38 today.  Time to celebrate with 3 hits and a victory.




Sometimes, that word is just an expression.

Sometimes, it means a deep hole.

Sometimes, it relates to the physical condition of a patient  “he is doing well.”

Since clobbering the Pirates, 12-2, on May 17, the Phillies are….well…..in a well and not doing well.  We’ve lost 9 of  the last 13, been out-scored, 52-22 (shut out 5 times) while batting .195 and made more errors, 12-1.   Hitting, power, speed, defense and pitching. Right now, only the pitching is there…or, doing well.  That is, until yesterday.

We’ve lost to veterans, rookies, lefties, righties, pitchers from different countries, at home, on the road, wearing three different caps, day games, night games, national TV or local TV.  Only common denominator…all games have been in Eastern Daylight Time zone.

May ended 16-12, which means it could have been a sky-high month except for the last 13 games.

Well, June is here and time to begin a new month.  A year ago, June wasn’t very friendly, 11-15.  Time to change the June tune.

The offense will get going.  Someone will pay.

National TV
Tonight’s game from Atlanta is on ESPN, but blacked out in the Philly market where the game will be seen on Comcast SportsNet.

Alumni Notes
Greg Luzinski, Marty Bystrom, Darren Daulton, Doug Clemens, Terry Harmon, Tyler Green and Andy Ashby are playing in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame golf tournament today, an event that is honoring the late Harry Kalas.

Thursday is the first Phillies Alumni Luncheon at Citizens Bank Park.  The event is sold out.  Appearing for panel discussions on baseball: Dallas Green, Daulton, Luzinski, Bill Giles, Pat Gillick, Andy Musser and Bill Campbell.

Draft Time
Mari Wolever and his band of scouting supervisors are holed up in the Draft Room on the Hall of Fame Club level at Citizens Bank Park preparing for the annual Fist-Year Player Draft that will start next Monday.  Phillies have the 27th selection in the first round.