(In 9 innings, please)
That was a sign a young fan displayed during yesterday’s game at Citizens Bank Park. The young fan got his wish as the Phillies swept four games from the Reds for the first time since 1975 at Veterans Stadium.
It capped an unusual weekend:
**Thursday: Brian Schneider hit a walk-off home run for a 4-3, 12-inning win.
**Friday: Trailing, 7-1, going into the bottom of the ninth against Reds rookie Leak, the Phillies tied the game with six runs and won it in the 10th on a walk-home home run by Howard, 9-7. It was the second time in Phillies history they have won back-to-back games on walk-off homers. The other time was 1962 when Johnny Callison did it.
**Saturday: Reds rookie Wood had a perfect game through eight innings before Ruiz doubled in the ninth. But, the game went into extra innings for the third straight day. J-Roll won it with a walk-off single in the 11th, 1-0. It was the first time in franchise history that they won three straight games on walk-off hits.
**Yesterday: Hamels, JC and Brad combined on second straight 1-0 win over another Reds rookie starter, Maloney. Last time the Phillies posted consecutive 1-0 wins? How about 1913, April 18-19 at Brooklyn.
Charlie, Ryan and Doc plus the Phillies coaching staff and the Reds’ All-Stars flew to Anaheim for Tuesday’s game on a Phillies charter flight after yesterday’s game. Chase was not on the plane as he cannot play on Tuesday.
Others on the flight included a handful of team executives plus members of the Communications, Sales and Advertising Departments, sponsors and premium ticket holders.
The Lakewood BlueClaws won their 11th walk-off game out of 49 home games on Saturday night. CF Jiwan James got the game-wining hit (single), the third time he’s done it.
Down at Carpenter Field, the Gulf Coast League Phillies ended a five-game losing streak with a 12th-inning walk-off homer by Carlos Perdomo, his first in the states. (He played the last two years in Venezuela).
She Said Yes
Williamsport left-handed pitcher, Kevin Angelle, proposed to his girl friend, Maegan, between the third and fourth innings last night at Bowman Field. She said yes. There were a lot of witnesses as the Crosscutters had their largest crowd of the season, 3,032.
The All-Star Game will be played in Anaheim. It may be overshadowed because tomorrow is National French Fry Day.