Long Ago

June 27, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Bourn, lf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Victorino, rf; Nunez, 3b; Ruiz, c; Moyer, p. 

Notice Abraham Nunez is at third base.  With Moyer change-of-speed pitching, right-handed hitters will pull the ball more often.  Charlie Manual wants Nunez in their because of his excellent defensive skills.  He’s made two terrific plays this week.

Long Ago
Jamie Moyer’s last start against the Cincinnati Reds came a long time ago—May 14, 1991 which is 16 years and 44 days.  That is the third longest gap for a pitcher between starts against one team in Major League history.

The record is 18 years and 24 days held by Red Ruffing against the New York Yankees (1929-47). 

Numbers
Michael Bourn is 11-for-11 in the stolen base department.  He leads all NL rookies . . . Last night’s victory was the Phillies’ 22nd come-from-behind variety, tops in the NL . . . Phillies are hitting .278 as a team at Citizens Bank Park . . . Chase Utley, Michael Bourn, Carlos Ruiz and Aaron Roward are all over .300 at home.

Reverse Omen?
Mike DiMuzio, Director, Ballpark Operations, brought up an interesting note:

Last time a Ruiz stole home in a Phillies game was 1964.  For all you youngsters out there who aren’t aware, Chico Ruiz stole home in the sixth inning with Frank Robinson at bat.  The Reds won, 1-0.  It became significant as that loss started a fatal 10-game losing streak that cost the Phillies the pennant.

Last night, Carlos Ruiz stole home as part of a double steal.  Perhaps it is a sign of good things to come.

How many other Phillies catchers have stolen home?

That question was posed to a Skip (Memory Lane) Clayton, a Phillies history buff.  His response: Bo Dias, June 28, 1982 and Stan Lopata, June 11, 1956.  Records beyond the 1950s? “Skimpy,” responded Skip.

All-Star voting deadline
Online balloting ends at midnight tomorrow: www.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2007/ballot_reg.jsp.

2 Comments

The stealing of home is a beautiful thing… Was that the 2nd steal of home this season in baseball? I know Aaron Hill did it against the Yankees earlier in the season.

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Did you see the commercial for the all star game? Looks like Howard and Utley are well represented: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoMDKLFKEuk

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