We handled a couple of tough pitchers Saturday and Sunday but couldn’t make hay against a rookie lefty last night. Now, we get another toughie tonight, Wainwright. That’s baseball. There are no picnics.
Most damaging hit last night came from another StL rookie, David Freese, a bases-clearing double. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Cardinals entered the game with an .882 slugging percentage with the bases loaded this season. That’s more than 150 points higher than any other team in the majors.
Chase went deep in the 9th, his fifth homer against a left-handed pitcher this year, which is the most among all NL players.
Even after decades of being around baseball players, I’m still amazed at their memories.
Jim Eisenreich is here for four days of promotional work for the Phillies. Chatting with him last night, he vividly remembers his first homer in the majors: “It was against Oakland, Rick Langford, my first start of the 1962 season. It was a mid-week afternoon game at the Metrodome and there were about 5,000 people in the stands. Only three people were standing and cheering behind our dugout–my dad, my mom and my sister.”
“Eisey” will be signing autographs at the Alley Store in Ashburn Alley on Thursday, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. He’ll also be back for Alumni Weekend, August 6-7-8.
ESPN is picking up tomorrow night’s game (blacked out in the Philadelphia market); Dave O’Brien and Rick Sutcliffe.
Saturday, another 3:10 p.m. FOX telecast. Other FOX game that day is the Red Sox/Yankees. Guess where the number 1 broadcasting team (Joe Buck/Tim McCarver) will be. You only get one guess.
This Date in Phillies History
1973: Phillies edge Braves, 5-4, in 20 innings before 10,158 at the Vet; longest game for Phils since 1919. Braves left 27 men on base.
1975: Very unpopular trade, Willie Montanez sent to the Giants for Garry Maddox, who turned out to be an 8-time Gold Glove centerfielder.
2004: Abreu, Burrell and Thome hit consecutive homers in 5th inning, 5th time in club history and first at Citizens Bank Park.
2005: Rollins leadoff homer is his 15th, breaking Samuel’s club record.
2006: Charlie Manuel wins 500th game as a major league manager (280 with Phillies).