Pattern Continues

The pattern continues. Offensively, the Phillies have scored 2 or fewer runs in every other day losses over the last 6 games, including last night’s 4-1 setback.

The Mets stretched their winning streak at Citizens Back Park to 6, matching a similar streak in 1971, then at the Vet. Longest streak for the Mets is 7, 1969-70. During the current 6-game losing streak, the Phillies have been outscored, 33-12.

Mets pitchers entered the game leading the league with 188 walks and ranked 11th in strikeouts with 405. Last night, 0 walks, 15 strikeouts.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,221)

Number of the Day
299: career saves for Papelbon.

Draft Time
The war room is set up on the Hall of Fame Club level at Citizens Bank Park in preparation for the annual summer draft that begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 5.

Meetings began yesterday as the Phillies zero in on their first-round pick, the seventh overall selection: Marti Wolever (assistant GM, Scouting), Mike Ledna and Bill Moore Scouting Coordinators), Darrell Conner (West Regional Supervisor), Scott Trcka (Central Regional Supervisor), Gene Schall (Mid-Atlantic Regional Supervisor), Eric Valent (Southeast Regional Supervisor), Joey Davis (Area Supervisor, Northern California), Sal Agostinelli (International Supervisor), Charley Kerfeld. Bart Braun and Charlie Manuel (Special Assistants to the GM), Ruben Amaro Jr, Pat Gillick and Dallas Green.

Representing the Phillies at the draft taking place in the MLB Network are Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 4-3, in Norfolk. WP: Chris Bootcheck (2-0); SV: Ken Giles (4), although he gave up 2 runs in the ninth. 3B Maikel Franco, 2B, 3B. HR: 1B Jim Murphy (8).

Reading was pounded, 12-2, by Trenton. RF Cameron Perkins, league-leading 19th double, RBI. .342 average ranks fourth in the EL.

Clearwater was blanked on 2 singles, 3-0, by Fort Myers.

Lakewood returned home and lost, 4-3, to Delmarva. 1B Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his 10th 1-hit game. Average has gone from .342 to .339 during the streak.

This Date
May 30, 1935: LF Babe Ruth goes hitless (one at-bat) in his final game as the Boston Braves beat the Phillies, 11-6, in the second game of a Baker Bowl doubleheader. Attendance: 18,000.

May 30, 1982: LHP Steve Carlton wins his 191st game with Phillies, 6-2, over Atlanta. Victory moves Lefty into second place on the Phillies’ all-time list ahead of Grover Alexander. Robin Roberts leads with 234.

May 30, 1989: Veterans Stadium is empty except for a handful of media who were there for 3B Mike Schmidt’s retirement press conference. He had announced his retirement the day before in San Diego and returned home to meet the Philadelphia media. His last game was May 28 at San Francisco.

May 30, 2009: Ryan Howard hits his eighth career grand slam to set a new club record. Phillies beat Washington, 9-6.

New Alumni Feature
Where are you Chuck Essegian? Learn about the former Phillies outfielder who entered the record book with the Dodgers. Feature appears at

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
Sunday: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m., Section 111.
June 2: Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
June 5: Barnes & Noble, Valley Forge, PA, 6 p.m.
June 7: Costco, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
CANCELED: June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

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