August 2007

Burrell in 3 Hole

August 7, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Iguchi, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Werth, rf; Ruiz, c; Nunez, 3b; Moyer, p.

After tonight, the Phillies have 50 games left on the schedule, 24 against teams with losing records, which really doesn’t mean much when you get to this point in the season.  They have ten more games with Washington and eight with the Marlins.

All the other opponents are still in the October hunt.

Charity Event
Karen and Jaime Moyer held their first “Celebrity Waiters Dinner & Auction” for the benefit of the Moyer Foundation and its Camp Erin Philly.  Over $240,000 was raised last night in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.

Several of Moyer’s teammates were waiters, serving dinner and drinks.  Happy to say, none of the player/waiters spilled any of the wine.  Matter of fact, there were no dry cleaning needs at all.  Complete coverage can be found at:

Phillies Show
This week’s W. B. Mason’s Behind the Pinstripes, a 30-minute Phillies Magazine TV show hosted by Scott Palmer, has been posted on this site.  Just click on to Fan Forum and look for the Phillies Show. 

Turning the Tables

August 6, 2007

On Saturday night, the Brewers took advantage of a couple of infield hits and a Phillies miscue to rally for an improbable win.  Corey Hart took a home run away from Tadahito Iguchi in the top of the ninth with a leaping catch above the right field wall.  It would have tied the game.

Yesterday, the tables were reversed as the Phillies scored five in the top of the ninth to tie and then won in 11, 8-6.  An infield hit, a couple of miscues and a hit batter were part of the ninth. In the last of the 11th, Aaron Rowand’s leaping catch robbed Ryan Braun of a solo home run.

Baseball can be a strange game.  At times, it helps to be lucky.  The Phillies were unlucky on Saturday night and lucky yesterday.

The Phillies record for runs in the ninth inning: 10, first set at Cleveland, first game, on July 4, 1891 and tied against the Marlins two years ago, September 17 . . . When trailing after eight, the Phillies are now 2-45 . . . When scoring three or more runs (57-25) . . . Pat Burrell has a 14-game hitting streak; he’s reached base in 28 consecutive starts.

Attendance Notes
Phillies will top two million in attendance tomorrow night for the fifth straight year. It marks the 18th time they have surpassed two mill, all coming in the last 31 years.    Yes, 1976 was the first year over two (2,480,150).

One hundred years ago, the Phillies drew 341,216 at Baker Bowl.  The team was third, 83-64.

Plenty of tickets are available for the Marlins series that starts tomorrow night.  Tickets are also available for Friday night’s Braves game and the Wall of Fame induction ceremonies.  Both Saturday night and Sunday night could be sell outs.

Moyer Charity Event
While it is a day off for most of the team, Jamie and Karen Moyer and some of his teammates will be participating in a “Philly Celebrity Waiters Dinner & Auction” tonight in the Diamond Club.

Proceeds benefit Camp Erin Philly and the Moyer Foundation’s initiative, bereavement camps for children grieving the loss of a loved one. 

Jamie will open the series tomorrow night against the Marlins, who will start a 22-year-old rookie, Rick Vanden Hurk, from the Netherlands.  Moyer was in his second pro season pitching for Winston-Salem when Vanden Hurk was born in 1985.

Savery Update
Joe Savery, the Phillies’ no. l pick in June’s draft, made his pro debut last night at home against Batavia.

The lefty threw three scoreless innings as a starter.  He was on a pitch count (40) as he hadn’t pitched since the College World Series in June.  His next start is scheduled for Friday and he could throw 60-65 pitches.

Pitching coach Bill Bliss: “Showed maturity and mound presence with calm outing.  FB showed plus velocity and deception.  Breaking ball was on the slurvy side but with tight rotation.  Change-up showed plus potential with good arm speed.”

August Already

August 1, 2007

Hard to believe but August 1 is here already.  Two more months to go.  Hopefully, the Phillies can match their August-September record of a year ago: 36-21. 

NL East should really be a dog fight between the Mets, Phils and Braves.  Granted every game counts, no matter the enemy.  But looking at the East, the Phillies have six home games with the Braves and three in Atlanta; four at Citizens Bank Park vs. the Mets and three in New York.  Going nose-to-nose is when ground can be gained or lost.

Here and There
RHP Kyle Loshe, wearing # 37, makes his Phillie debut in the series finale tomorrow afternoon . . . Chase Utley began talking ground balls yesterday in Wrigley Field.  He fielded balls with his glove hand and then shoveled them from his glove to a nearby coach . . . Jayson Werth returns to the active roster tonight.  Chris Roberson, a switch-hitter, is in right field again tonight . . . Word out of Williamsport is that No. 1 pick, LHP Joe Savery, will make his pro debut on Sunday night (6:05) at Bowman Field against Batavia . . . John Vukovich would have turned 60 yesterday.

ESPN Night Game
If you are not aware, ESPN has chosen Sunday, August 12, as an 8:05 Sunday night telecast.  Braves and Phillies match-up has national appeal.

A reader wanted to know how ESPN can change game times.

Because of contractual agreements with Major League Baseball, ESPN and FOX, the starting times of televised games are tentative and subject to change.  Time changes can potentially occur up to seven days prior to a scheduled game date.

ESPN had four potential Sunday night games involving the Phillies, June 3 (Giants), July 1 (at Mets), August 12 and August 26 (Padres).  The network chose June 3 and August 12 with the 26th of this month to be determined.

FOX does Saturday telecasts, which can affect the starting time of games on those days.