Polly, Joe-B Shine

Remember when Citizens Bank Park opened?  Critics proclaimed pitchers would not come to Philly because of the hitter-friendly ball yard.  We’ll that proclamation has disappeared.

Joe-B continued his success at the Phillies home last night, improving to 17-6 in 45 starts there.  In last 19 starts there, he’s 8-0 and the Phillies are 15-4 in those games.  Can he pitch again this afternoon?

Great to see Polly get his 2,000th hit and great to see the fans’ reaction on a rainy night.  Fan enthusiasm certainly wasn’t dampened and they cheered until he came out for a curtain call.

Breaking down his 2,000 hits: Tigers 806, Phillies 732, Cardinals 462.

I believe the last player to get his 2,000th hit in a Phillies uniform was Dale Murphy.  He did it on May 29, 1991 at the Vet.  Polly graduated from high school that year. Most of “Murph’s” hits came while wearing a Braves uniform.

Most career hits for a Phillies player is 2,234 by that Michael Jack Schmidt, who never played for any other team.

So, weather-permitting, the Astros wrap up a two-game series this afternoon.  It is a historic game.  How, you ask?  Well, it is the last National League game the Astro will play in Philly.  They’re switching to the American League next year.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley split a pair at Louisville, winning the nightcap 4-3 after dropping the opener, 5-1.  LHR Joe Savery picked up his second save.

**Reading  lost, 2-1, to Portland.  2B Cesar Hernandez, 3-4, 2 stolen bases.

**Clearwater also lost by one run, 4-3, in 10 innings at Dunedin.  RF Anthony Hewitt hit his 5th homer.

**Lakewood was a 4-1 winner at Delmarva, which is located in Salisbury, MD.  RHS Colin Kleven (2-3), 1 unearned run in 7 innings.

May 15, 1989: One of the most exciting finishes in Vet history.  After 11 scoreless innings, San Francisco scores two in the top of the 12th.  With two out and two runners on base in the bottom of the 12th, RF Bob Dernier hits a three-run, game-winning, inside-the-park home run to left field, 3-2.

A left-handed catcher? 

Yep, read about it at www.phillies.com/alumni.

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