Road Record Better

LA completed a historic sweep of the Phillies yesterday and then flew to Seattle, a six-hour flight.  Historic in that the Los Angeles Dodgers had never swept four games in Philly….ever.  Oh, when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn, they took four from the Phillies in 1946 at Shibe Park.

It marked the third time a visiting team has swept a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.  The Astros in 2010 and Nationals a year ago.

A 3-0 lead for Cole turned into another defeat.  In 36 innings against the Dodgers, the Phillies scored in just six innings.  The offense didn’t add on yesterday, the defense gave way and the bullpen couldn’t keep it close.

The 1-6 homestand is something the Phillies have done nine previous times, the last being 1999.  Only once did the Phillies ever go winless in a seven-game stand and that was in September of the fateful 1964 season.  The poorest Citizens Bank Park homestand is 1-9 in August of 2004.

While the Dodgers took to the air, the Phillies hit the tracks as in Amtrak for a train trip to Baltimore.  They play the Orioles three times over the weekend as interleague play resumes.  Unlike their neighbors to the south, Phillies fans are welcomed at Camden Yards.  It will seem like Citizens Bank Park, I’m sure.

Baltimore has the upper hand in interleague play against the Phillies, 24-21.  At Camden Yards, the Phillies have the upper hand, 13-11.

Losing at home is not characteristic of Charlie’s club since the park opened.  At 12-19 they have the NL’s worst home record.  Charlie’s clubs traditionally do well on the road and that is the case this season, 16-12.  Only Atlanta has more road wins, 19.

Back to yesterday’s loss….the bright side…..nobody wound up on the disabled list.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley scored five in the seventh for a 5-2 win over Gwinnett.  No decision for RHS Scott Elarton, one run in 6 innings.  5th save for RH Phillippe Aumont.

**Reading lost, 7-1, to Altoona.  2B Cesar Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

**Clearwater won, 3-2, at St. Lucie behind LHS Mario Hollands (2-0), one earned run in six innings.  5th save for RH Tyler Knigge.

**Lakewood lost to Lexington by the same scores two days in a row, 4-1.

Phlashback, Weedend Edition
June 8, 1968: A fifth-inning RBI single by pinch-hitter Howie Bedell ends Los Angeles RHP Don Drysdale’s major league record of 58.2 scoreless innings. The Dodgers win, 5-3.

June 8, 1989: SS Steve Jeltz becomes the first Phillie to homer from each side of the plate in a game, a 15-11 win over Pittsburgh, one of the wildest games in Vet history.  The Pirates score 10 runs in the first inning but the Phillies battle back to win on a five-run eighth inning.  Pittsburgh broadcaster Jim Rooker boasts early in the game, “If the Pirates lose this game, I’ll walk from here to Pittsburgh.”  Rooker keeps his word, walking from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in the fall and raising money for charity.

June 9, 1982: Steve Carlton (7-6) sets a club record for most strikeouts by a LHP in a nine-inning game, by fanning 16 Cubs in a 4-2 win at the Vet.  Lefty fanned Ryne Sandberg four times.

June 10, 1972: To change their luck, Phillies wear blue road uniforms at home only to lose to Atlanta, 15-3.

June 10, 1975: 3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off a public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from home plate.  Schmidt settles for a single off LHP Claude Osteen in the Phillies’ 12-0 win.

June 10, 1981: Another great moment in Vet history.  1B Pete Rose needs two hits to surpass Stan Musial as the all-time NL hit leader.  Rose singles in his first at-bat against Houston RHP Nolan Ryan, who then strikes out Pete the next three at-bats.  Phils win, 5-4, before 57,386.  Two days later, players go on strike until August, eliminating 55 games.

Phlashbacks are one of the features at

So are vintage photos and the latest peek at the past is seven players from the 1925 team sitting on a bench at Baker Bowl.  Photo is courtesy of Bob Warrington, a huge memorabilia fan.

Also new is “Where Are They Now?” featuring reliever Ron Reed.

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