Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Victorino, cf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Werth, rf; Feliz, 3b; Ruiz, c; Moyer, p.

Playoff Atmosphere
Citizens Bank Park was really alive last night, electricity as in a playoff game.  Jimmy Rollins got the juices going with his lead off home run, his 28th, which is twice as many as the Phillies previous record holder, who happens to be Juan Samuel.

Ryan Howard is getting hot.  The two MVPs were the catalysts and Cole Hamels did the job on the mound. 

Something different seems to happen in every baseball game.  Triples by Howard and Pat Burrell in the same game…..that’s something different.   Howard now has more triples than J-Roll, 2-1.  That’s something different.

Comments Corner
Thanks for the feedback on Juan Samuel.  He is a special person, on top of being a very good ballplayer.

Sammy’s evening yesterday started with an appearance on Comcast SportsNet’s Daily News Live from the field.  It was followed by a press conference in the Media Room, 30 minutes of autographs in the Hall of Fame Club, Phillies-pre-game radio show with Jim Jackson in the Main Concourse, in-game Phillies TV and Spanish Radio.

Wherever he went yesterday, people knew him…..media, players, coaches, managers, game day employees, club officials and the fans.  He was smile city last night.

Commemorating History
He’ll be on the mound again tomorrow, wearing that familiar number 36.  The motion will still be fluid but the speed won’t register on the radar gun.

“He” is Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.  To commemorate the 60th anniversary of his major league debut (June 18, 1948), Robbie will throw out the first ball.

Robbie was a pitcher with a blazing fast ball, awesome curve and pinpoint control.  His motion was as fluid and smooth as any who hurler who has graced this game.  He never backed hitters off the plate and paid for it by allowing a ton of home runs (505).  In the end, he won 286 games and made it to Cooperstown, NY.

To say he was a workhorse would be a gross understatement.  For six straight seasons starting in 1950, he never threw under 304 innings.  He would have set insurmountable pitch-count records but pitch counts didn’t exist back then, thank goodness.

At one point in his career, he had 28 consecutive complete games (8/25/52 to 7/5/53). Robbie led the majors with 33 CG in 1953.  The game has changed. The Diamondbacks staff led the NL last season with 7, a month’s worth for Robbie.

Robbie, now 81, will be honored as part of Toyota Alumni Night set for Saturday, August 9.  Family, friends and ex-teammates will join Phillies Alumni that night.  All fans will receive a commemorative print of Roberts, thanks to Toyota.

This Date
In Phillies history……
1930  RF Chuck Klein hits in 26th straight game (.432), May 18-June 17, a new modern club record. He hit in 26 in a row again the same season (.434), July 12-August 13.
2004 Phillies and Detroit Tigers play first day-night doubleheader in Citizens Bank Park.  Phillies win opener, 6-2; Tigers, the nightcap, 5-4, 11 innings.

 

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