Big Bat Night; Clearwater Marathon

It was quite a combination: Chase’s return, dollar dog night and warm, humid night at Citizens Bank Park. 

The result: a Phillies romp in front of 45,841, the largest regular season crowd in Citizens Bank Park history.  Old mark was 45,775 on August 17, 2006.

When Chase came to bat in the first inning, the place went nuts.  Scott Franzke called it a special moment in the history of the place. LA said, “Not a person is sitting and it is loud.”

Chase was hitless in 5 at-bats but his teammates pounded out 14 hits and 10 runs.  When the weather turns warm and humid, Charlie calls it “hittin’ season.” Well, Monday night was that.  For the first time this season, the Phillies hit three homers in a game at home.

Cole benefited and improved to 7-0 in his career vs. the Reds.

Phil-Ins
13 of the previous 14 games were decided by 3 runs or less . . . It was the first win in a while without a save from Madson . . . J-Roll’s Aces: students from R. R. Wright Elementary School are the guests of Rollins Tuesday night . . . Wednesday night’s game will be on ESPN TV.

This Date
1928: In the first game of a doubleheader at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, a record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field in the Yankees 9-7 win over the Philadelphia A’s.  The number doesn’t include non-playing Hall of Famers Herb Pennock, Stan Coveleski, managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack and umpire Tom Connally. 

1935: Cincinnati Reds host the Phillies in the first major league night game. Reds win, 2-1.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt throws the switch at the White Houst to turn on the lights.

Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley was rained out . . . Reading was not scheduled . . . RF Anthony Hewitt had 3 hits, including his 6th homer and stole 2 bases as Lakewood ended a 6-1 road trip with a 6-5 win in West Virginia.

Clearwater Classic
The Threshers lost, 2-1, in a 23-inning marathon in Jupiter, the longest game in their franchise history.  Clearwater scored in the 3rd inning, Jupiter in the 6th.  The Threshers had more hits, 17-14, left on base, 22-12 and strikeouts by hitters, 20-15.  They had the go-ahead run on base in each of the last four innings but couldn’t get the key hit, going 3-24 with runners in scoring position.  CF Jiwan James had a single, double, triple in 8 at-bats.  Both teams used 8 pitchers.  Joe Savery was a DH-P-1B; Darrin Ruf, 1B-P, his first time on the mound in pro ball.  Each tossed 2 scoreless innings.  The marathon lasted 5 hours, 37 minutes.  Attendance at the start of the game was 330.

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