Cliff Dominates Again
Obviously this team has a lot of outstanding characteristics. One that may often be overlooked is resiliency. Or, as Paul—The Pope—Owens used to call it, bouncability.
They can lose a tough game and bounce right back the next day or night. After a long, tough weekend in DC, the Phillies returned home on Monday night. The offense exploded and Cliff was dominating once again. So, Lee beat Gee.
Great headline on the back page of this morning’s Daily News, “Gee+Lee=Glee.
It is strange how the turning of a calendar month can affect numbers. Cliff was 2-2, 4.18 ERA in April; 2-3, 3.78 in May; 5-0, 0.21 in June; 1-2, 4.91 in July and is now 4-0, 0.58 in August.
From Elias Sports Bureau: The Phillies defeated the Mets 10-0 on Monday night, after they trounced their division rivals from New York by an 11-0 score on April 7 of this year. It’s the first time since 1979 that the Phillies won two shutouts by a double-digit margin in the same season. That year they blanked the Dodgers (11-0) and the Cubs (13-0). But it’s the first time in more than a century that the Phillies had two shutout wins, each by 10-or-more runs, against the same team. In 1910, they beat the Boston Braves 12-0 in June and then 13-0 in September.
The Phillies also whitewashed the Mets 10-0 on May 1, 2010. The only other major-league team since 1970 with three shutout wins by 10-or-more runs against the same team in a two-season span was the Diamondbacks, over the Padres, from 2001 to 2002.
Jim Thome, in honor of his 600th home run, has donated $60,000.00 to charities of the teams he’s played for….$10,000 each to the Indians, Phillies, White Sox and Dodgers and $20,000 to the Twins. Classy move from a classy person.
Following Alumni weekend, I posted a blog about being behind the scenes with the Alumni and included a story about Rick Wise being in the clubhouse when Gene Mauch tossed the post-game food tables. Several of you posted comments and correctly pointed out it wasn’t 1964 as I had written.
Have spoken with Tony but can’t make contact with Rick to get further clarification. Tony recalls Rick was there in 1963, called up from Bakersfield but did not pitch at all in that final month.
So here are the facts: September 22, 1963, Joe Morgan got his first major league hit, a walk-off single in the last of the ninth at the Astrodome giving Houston a 2-1 win. According to a clipping from the San Francisco Chronicle, “Houston is well known for the vast spread it puts out for the players after each game and Mauch worked his way through the entire meal from chicken and spareribs to cantaloupe and watermelon.”
Reached the next day, Mauch had a terse response, “What happens in my clubhouse is no one else’s business.”
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley lost, 2-0, at Indianapolis to fall 1 game behind Pawtucket . . . RHS J. C. Ramirez (9-13) ended a personal 4-game losing streak as Reading won, 7-3, at New Britain . . . Clearwater was not scheduled . . . Lakewood beat Delmarva, 4-2; 2B Carlos Alonso has reached base 35 times in last 17 games (22 hits, 13 walks) . . . Williamsport won for the 5th time in the last 6 games, 2-1, over Jamestown to move to within 1 game of first place . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies won their 3rd straight, 6-5, over the Yankees, tying the game with 3 in the last of the 9th on home runs by LF Brian Pointer and 3B Trey Ford and winning in the 10th on a walk-off single by SS Gustavo Gonzalez.
Reading 3B Carlos Rivero is the MiLB.com Player of the Week in the Eastern League (.370, 4 homers) . . . RHS Julio Rodriguez won MiLB.com Pitcher other Week honors in the Florida State League (9 strikeouts, 7 scoreless innings).