Big Hit Missing

In the last six Phillies wins, they’ve scored five or more runs.  In the last 12 losses, four or fewer.  Loss #12 came last night in another game where the offense couldn’t get a big hit.  Single runs in the first two innings and that was it for the offense.

Doc pitched well but walked one and that led to a two-run, game-tying inning.  Papelbon came in a tie game, walked one and that led to three runs that gave the Mets a win.  Jordany Valdespin, a shortstop who was sent to the minors by the Mets last Saturday after being hitless in his first six big league at-bats, was brouht back yesterday and hit a pinch-hit, game-winning home run with two out in the top of the ninth. That’s the way it is going for the Phillies right now.

Meanwhile, the Phillies drew five walks and only one scored.  They had a chance to regain the lead in the seventh and eighth innings but came up empty.  That’s the way it is going for the Phillies right now.

So, Joe-B gets the nod tonight.  A game on May 8 may not seem like a big deal but a win is needed.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley was blanked on three hits by Indianapolis, 4-0.  LF Domonic Brown was 0-3 in his return to the lineup after missing three games because of a hamstring strain.

**Reading was idle.

**Clearwater improved to 5-2 this month with a 6-5 win over Port Charlotte.  2B Carlos Alonso, 2-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI.

**Lakewood fell to 2-12 on the road, losing 5-0 at Savannah.  3B Maikel Franco’s two-out double in the fifth inning was the BlueClaws’ lone hit.

Players of the Week
Pitcher:  LHR Jake Diekman, Lehigh Valley.  Was 1-0 with 2 saves in 4 outings, 4.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts.  Struck out the side in getting a save on Tuesday (14 pitches, 10 strikes), the third time in 12 appearances he has fanned 3 in 1 inning.  Picked up a win on Wednesday and his 6th save on Saturday, 2 innings, 2 strikeouts. For the season, 0.63 ERA, 22 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.  The 25-year-old was a 30th round selection in 2007 out of Cloud County Community College and signed by Jerry Lafferty.

Player:  2B Cesar Hernandez, Reading. Hit .387 in 7 games, 12 hits, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 6 RBI.  Ended the week on a 6-game hitting streak.  Had four multi-hit games.   During the week, he raised his average from .293 to .321.  The switch-hitter leads Reading with 16 RBI.  Defensively, he has 3 errors.  The 21-year-old Venezuelan was signed in 2006 by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.

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You parrot exactly what everyone who watched the game knew, what everyone who reads the sports pages knows. And you call yourself the ‘insider?’ You’re more a joke than this comedy troupe of a big league team.

Thng problemse front office better make a decision and a decision fast about what they are going to do wit hes hapless phillies. They have serious problems, and I blame Reuben Amaro for their hitting problems.

It is now 9 to 4 Mets with another loser from the Phillies bull pen giving up a three run homer from Contreras. I will be turning them off early for the 3rd straight night. Pretty soon I won’t be watching at all!!

Larry, completely off topic from these Phillies-phrustrated readers. Going back 41+ years… I have always wondered why the roof on the Vet as pictured on the first opening day ticket and on other drawings at the time is so much bigger than it turned out to be. Check out the listing here and the ticket:

If you see any aerial photo of the Vet, you can see that the overhang at the top ended up being about 40% or 50% smaller.

Do you have any memory of why that ended up differing? Maybe it was just an early design sketch that was changed? Maybe it left too much of the upper deck in the shade? Thanks for any of your thoughts on it.

Alternate idea-
Let the starters go as long as they can (within reason)
Use Papelbon as the first man out of the bullpen.
Then , after his inning of work, turn the game over to the rest of the pen.
At least we get some use out of our best reliever before the game gets out of hand.
Maybe our win probability stats experts can tell us how much less likely we are to lose by getting one inning nearer to game end before we roll the dice with the dregs of the pen.

thank you very much,it’s a very good Article!

No Philliy deserves an All Star consideration !!!!

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