On To San Diego Later Today

Doc wasn’t his usual sharp self and the offense continued to sputter so the Phillies have lost two games in a row.  They and the Rockies were the last NL teams without back-to-back losses and both clubs went down yesterday.

Longest Phillies had gone without consecutive defeats at the start of a season was 33 games by the 1995 team.

Last time the Brewers blanked the Phillies was 8/7/05.

Best part about last night’s loss: it’s over.  Time to focus on an afternoon game today. 

Those in the traveling party brought their luggage to Citizens Bank Park this morning for the Delta charter flight to San Diego this evening.  One thing you can count on: the weather in SD will be much better than what the Phillies faced during this homestand. 

The Padres were rained out yesterday and have a day-night doubleheader in Chicago today.  So, the Phillies will land in SD before the Padres.

Petco Park is in downtown SD so the players can walk to the ballpark.  No buses needed for the next four days until the trip to the airport on Sunday night for a flight to St. Louis.

Phillies pitchers had given up just five home runs before last night . . . Offensively, the Phillies’ 11 homers are 11th in the NL . . . Phillies are 18-4 at Petco Park . . . Happy birthday today to Tommy Hutton, 65 . . . Hal Bodley has a great column on MLB.com on Pat Gillick, who went to Cooperstown yesterday to get a feel for his July Hall of Fame induction.

Summer Draft
Scouting Director Marti Wolever and the national and regional supervisors are underway in preparation for the annual First-Year Player draft, June 6-8.

By signing Cliff Lee, the Phillies first selection goes to the Texas Rangers (33rd overall). With Washington signing Werth, the Phillies will receive #39 (compensation A pick) and #66 (Washington’s second-round selection.

Phillies next picks are #90 (second round) and #120 (third round).

Down On The Farm
RHP Vance Worley (1-2) gave up two runs in 5.2 innings in Lehigh Valley’s 5-2 loss to SWB . . . 3B Cody Overbeck had a single, double, 6th homer and four RBI in Reading’s 8-6 win over Erie . . . Clearwater fell to Daytona, 4-3, Travis May (0-2) getting the loss . . . LHP Mario Hollands (2-1) gave up one earned run in 5 innings as Lakewood won at Asheville, 4-3 . . . Domonic Brown was hitless on five at-bats in extended spring training.

This Date In Phillies History
1920—Manager Gavvy Cravath inserted himself as a pinch hitter and beat the New York Giants with a three-run homer, 3-0.  It was his last of 119 homers in the majors. He was baseball’s all-time home run leader until passed in 1921 by a guy named Babe Ruth.

What Would You Have Done?
What profession or occupation might you have chosen if you didn’t play baseball? The question has been posed to Phillies Alumni.

“If I didn’t play ball I would have followed my father’s footsteps and been a union electrician,” Greg Luzinski (1970-80).

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