Home Record Not Good

Back home.  Over the past five division-winning seasons, the Phillies have piled up a ton of wins at Citizens Bank Park.  In this season of disbelief, the table has been turned.  As they head into a weekend series with the Giants, the Phillies are 17-27 at home, fewest wins in the NL.  That trend needs to be reversed if the Phillies are going to make a run at the playoffs.

The first-place Giants, on the other hand, are very tough at AT&T Park, 29-16.  The Dodgers and Pirates have also won 29 home games, most in the NL.

How do the Phillies and Giants stack up?

Runs scored, 392-367, edge Phillies Hits, 841-813, edge Phillies Home runs, 88-55, edge Phillies Stolen bases, 72-66, edge SF Average, .261-261, even

ERA, 3.49-4.17, edge SF BAA, .240-.259, edge SF Saves, 33-21, edge SF Shutouts, 11-4, edge SF Fewest homers allowed, 77-103, edge SF

Fewest errors, 56-73, edge Phillies

Teams met in a three-game series in SF back in April.  Giants won last two.  Each team scored seven total runs.

Trade Deadline If you are a baseball fan, you are aware that the trading deadline is 11 days away.  Rumors are everywhere and will only increase as we get closer to July 31.

Baseball’s rumor mill far out-distances any other sport.  It’s no contest.

Each home team supplies tickets behind home plate for visiting scouts.  Those seats will be filled for the next 11 days.

Ruben has a conference call every Wednesday with his staff and his scouts.  Would love to be a fly on the wall, unless Ruben has a fly-swatter.

Down On The Farm

**Lehigh Valley coasted at Durham, 10-1. 2B Kevin Fransden, 4 hits, including 32nd-33rd doubles; DH Hector Luna, 4 hits, including 4th home run; LF Domonic Brown, 5th homer.

**Reading was shutout for the third straight game, this time, 1-0, at Trenton.  Phillies haven’t scored in 29 innings.  LHS Mario Hollands (2-4) allowed the 1 run in 7.2 innings.

**Clearwater lost, 2-1, at Port Charlotte.  RF Anthony Hewitt, 3 hits, 12th steal. Loser was Brody Colvin (5-5), 2 runs, 7 innings, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts.

**Lakewood dropped a 5-1 decision at Hickory, dropping their road record to 12-31.

**Williamsport lost, 7-4, at State College.  1B Chris Serritella, 2 hits including 5th homer; drove in 3 runs, boosting club-high total to 22.  Leads club with .317 average.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies were defeated by the Pirates, 2-1.  C Willians Astudillo, 2 hits, lone RBI.

Casey Who?

Now batting third for the Phillies, right fielder, Casey Stengel. Yep, Casey played one and a-half seasons with the Phillies.

For a vintage photo of him hitting, check out www.phillies.com/alumni.



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