Cliff/Cain in Rubber Match
It doesn’t always matter how many hits you get in a game, it’s when you get them. Last night the Phillies bowed, 4-2, in SF. Joe-B kept them in the game and was tagged for four runs, although one should go to third base umpire Marty Foster who missed a call.
But, the big story was the offense, or lack of. In six of the first seven innings, the Phillies had a runner in scoring position. In the sixth, they had the bases loaded and no outs but only managed one run on a sac fly. Hitters were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and that told the story.
One thing about baseball, the next game comes quickly, like tonight. Cliff Lee, 3-0, 0.72 ERA, in his career of regular-season games at ATT&T park faces Matt Cain, fresh from a 1-hit, 11-strikeout outing.
Since 2000, the Phillies have won only four of 13 series in this ballpark. Rubber game will determine which way those numbers change.
After the game, the Phillies take a Delta charter flight south to San Diego. In the history of Petco Park, the Phillies have an unearthly 22-4 record. This next series is four games and then it’s on to Phoenix for three.
Former Phillie Jamie Moyer, who last night became the oldest pitcher ever to win a game. Some day after he finally takes off a baseball uniform, we’ll bring him back to Citizens Bank Park for Alumni weekend.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost, 4-1, at Buffalo. LHR Joe Savery made his first appearance, 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 2 strikeouts.
**Reading used a 10-run sixth inning to crush Richmond, 19-6. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 5-6 with 5 runs scored, 1B Darin Ruf, 5-6, 4 runs, LF Leandro Castro, 3-5, 6 RBI. RHS Trevor May (3-0), 1 run, 5 innings, chipped in with a 2-3 night at bat. He’s hitting .500 for the season.
**Clearwater dropped a 2-1 decision at Tampa. LF D’Arby Myers, 2-4, hitting .360.
**Lakewood also lost by one run, 4-3, to Greensboro. RF Brian Pointer, 1-3, triple, 3 RBI.
One of the truly great moments in Phillies history:
April 18, 1987–3B Mike Schmidt homers at 4:53 p.m. on a 3-0 pitch from Don Robinson in Pittsburgh to become the 14th player in baseball history to reach 500 home runs. Dramatic three-run, game-winning homer in the ninth beats the Pirates, 8-6.
Mike reflects on that historic homer on www.phillies.com/alumni.