Record Road Trip
Thursday is a day or rest for the Phillies. Wednesday’s big come-from-behind win ended a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, 16-4 (outscored the enemy, 101-62). It also ended the trip at 9-1. Since the All-Star Game break, 19-6. When you’re that hot, you may not want a day off.
The trip through Denver, SF and LA ranks as the best one ever. Oh, there was a 7-0 trip in 1968 and a pair of 9-2 trips (1969 and 1984), nothing better. Want a bad trip? Well, there was 1-13 in 1939 and how about this one, 2-17 in 1928, a seven-city nightmare. Had to a lot of laughs.
Worley got hit hard but the offense rallied. It was the 10th consecutive game the Phillies have won that Worley has started.
So, back home Friday night to take on the Nationals. Phillies are 6-3 against Washington, losing the first game in April, winning six in a row and then dropping the last two.
Twelve of the next 15 games are at home, the three road games being in DC next weekend. Then, another string of 20 consecutive games, August 26-September 14. September features 10 home games, 17 in enemy territory.
Thursday was a sold out luncheon for Seniors, Friday John Kruk’s Wall of Fame induction ceremony (7:05 p.m. start), Saturday, Alumni Night with 40 Alumni from eight decades introduced on the field (6:30 p.m.) and Sunday, unveiling of the Harry Kalas statue (1:10 p.m.). Plus, some Alumni surprises on Sunday . . . A pair of Phillies Alumni will be in the Washington dugout, manager Davey Johnson and coach Pat Corrales.
Chase will break Tony Taylor’s club record (1,003) for most games at second base on Friday night, if he’s in the lineup . . . TT is in town for Alumni weekend and will present Chase with the base on Saturday, assuming he breaks the record on Friday . . . Lakewood coach Greg Legg will receive the John Vukovich Award pre-game on Saturday. Vince Vukovich and his baby son, John Christopher II, will make the presentation.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley lost, 5-4, at Norfolk. 3B Carlos Rivero, 1st AAA home run, 2 RBI . . . Reading bowed to Bowie for the second straight game, this time, 6-4, in 10 innings . . . Clearwater won a pair of at Tampa; 4-0 behind RHS Trevor May (9-6), 0 runs, 2 hits, 7 innings, 9 strikeouts and 6-5, scoring 3 in the top of the 9th . . . Lakewood lost, 8-2, at Greensboro . . . Williamsport edged Staten Island, 5-4. LF Aaron Altherr stole 3 bases (16-17-18); CF Pete Lavin, triple, home run, 2 RBI; LHR James Birmingham, in his first game following promotion from Gulf Coast League, picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings . . . Gulf Coast League continued its rain-out streak, 3 straight days.