A first for J-Roll
He’s in the Phillies record book for most career lead-off home runs. No, not Lenny Dykstra or Juan Samuel or Richie Ashburn, but J-Roll.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, last night was the first time Rollins has hit a walk-off home run in his career. Entering Wednesday’s action, Rollins’ 148 home runs were the second most among active players who had never hit a game-ending home run during the regular season, behind Mark Teixeira (254). (Teixeira did hit a walk-off home run during the 2009 playoffs).
Chance for a sweep this afternoon and then the Blue Jays come to town. Yep, the schedule says the Phillies are in Toronto but the series was moved to Citizens Bank Park. Tickets are still available for all three games. More about this series tomorrow.
Then, the Phillies head for Cincinnati after Sunday’s game for three games with the Reds before a four-game series in Pittsburgh.
Minor League Notes
**Reading OF Domonic Brown and Lakewood RHP Jarred Cosart have been selected to play for the U. S. team in the annual Futures Game in Angel Stadium of Anaheim during the MLB All-Star Game festivities. ESPN will televise that game.
**Clearwater 2B Harold Garcia extended his hitting streak to 27 straight games last night.
Rick Wise, who is the only pitcher in baseball history to hit two home runs while pitching a no-hitter, will be at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. His gem came on June 23, 1971, at Cincinnati, a 4-0 no-hitter. A sixth-inning walk to Dave Concepcion kept Rick from a perfect game. He threw 95 pitches (59 fastballs and 36 breaking balls).
His homers came in the fifth (1 on) and eighth innings (solo).
He’ll be signing autographs at the Alley Store from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.and appearing live on Scott Palmer’s pre-game Behind the Pinstripes Show.