As Todd Zolecki of MLB.com points out, the Phillies celebrated the 100th consecutive sellout of Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night before their game against the Giants.
The stadium has a capacity of 43,651 and 42,900 non-standing room tickets must be sold for a game to be considered a sellout. Since July 9, 2009, that has not been a problem, which is truly quite a feat.
“We’ve averaged over 3.1 million in the seven years at Citizens Bank
Park,” Phillies vice president of sales and ticket operations John Weber told MLB.com. “It’s always been about the ballpark, our homegrown
winning team and the fans. Those three components make our job so much
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel acknowledged the great fan support before Thursday’s game.
“I’d just like to say you’re the best fans I’ve ever seen in baseball,”
he said. “And your energy and the fact you pull for us every night is
going to help us get to the World Series again.”
The Phillies currently boast a 68-51 record and sit only two games back of the Braves in the National League East. They lead the hunt for the NL Wild Card.
The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.
Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).
Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.