Cole Seeks 10th
Rollins, ss; Victorino, cf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Jenkins, rf; Bruntlett, 3b; Ruiz, c; Hamels, p.
Talked about command yesterday, something that Jamie Moyer admitted he didn’t have on Tuesday and it cost him.
Kyle Kendrick had command issues last night but he battled through it and came out a winner. He threw 61 strikes and 45 balls in six innings, which is not a good ratio. But, the scoreboard posted 000 000 and that is the bottom line.
Of the 18 outs he recorded, five were strikeouts, eight were ground ball outs and six fly ball outs.
Law of Averages
Also talked about this in yesterday’s Insider.
Well, it should be on the side of Cole Hamels. The Phillies ace hasn’t won a game since July 3.
Baseball can be a strange game. Moyer, the oldest player in the majors, was the first to reach 10 wins for us. Kyle was second. Cole’s been trying to get to that level for over a month.
Minor League Notes
The up side….RHP Kris Benson turned in his fourth consecutive quality start last night at Lehigh Valley. “Best outing to date. Overall stuff had some life and command was sharper,” reported Rod Nichols, the pitching coach.
The down side….RHP Tom Gordon (right elbow inflammation) left after only nine pitches of his rehab appearance at Clearwater last night because of elbow discomfort. He returned to Philly today to see Dr. Michael Ciccotti.
More on Juan Samuel
Chris Wheeler has a good story about Sammy worth sharing:
“One day I was walking down Wilshire Blvd in LA looking for a place to have lunch and ran into Sammy. We had a great relationship so we wound up in a little Mexican place. He was a young player still feeling his way in the major leagues and that great smile was missing that day. He had had a tough night at the plate against a pitcher who just made him look awful. I told him that I’d been around for a little while and I thought that pitcher was going to be pretty good. You know he said, ‘I just can’t hit that guy.’ I told him to hang in there and he’d hit him someday and he did. The pitcher was Fernando Valenzuela.”
Sammy gets inducted into the Wall of Fame tomorrow night, festivities begin at 7 o’clock.
He and the Whiz Kids will be the focus of our annual Alumni Night on Saturday night (6:30 festivities).
A total of 41 Alumni will be on the field. Robbie will be joined by his older brother, three of his sons and five grandchildren.
Several Alumni will be gate greeters.
**Samuel wore number 8 and he is being inducted into the Wall of Fame on 8-8-08.
**32 years ago on Saturday (August 9) Robbie was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
**43 years ago on August 9, while pitching for the Houston Astros, Robbie faced his former team for the first time and blanked the Phillies, 8-0. Dick Allen and Bobby Wine played in that game and Harry Kalas was a Houston broadcaster.