For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Phillies have lost two in a row. Miami took the weekend series by holding the Phillies to five runs in winning on Saturday and Sunday.
Phillies dropped to 12-15 at Citizens Bank Park where they were 52-29 a year ago, second best win total in the NL.
With a national ESPN audience tonight, the Dodgers begin a four-game series. LA is only 3-7 in its last 10 games but they still have the best overall record in baseball. Team ERA of 3.29 is third best in the NL; opponents are batting .231, second lowest.
Of the last 11 meetings between the two clubs, the Phillies have won nine.
Bobby Abreu returns to Citizens Bank Park as the Dodgers’ left fielder, hitting .310 since signing with LA on May 4 after the LA Angels released him on April 27.
In nine seasons with the Phillies, he hit .303. Among the team’s all-time lists, he ranks fourth in doubles (.348), fourth in on-base percentage (.416), second in walks (947), fifth in total bases (2,491), fifth in slugging (.513), sixth in extra-base hits (585), ninth in home runs (195), ninth in RBI (814) and seventh in steals (.254).
Some day after he retires, he’ll be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. There’s no doubt about that.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost, 4-3, on Sunday to Pawtucket. LF Domonic Brown hit his second home run of the week.
**Reading collected 12 singles in losing, 8-3, at Bowie. RHS Trevor May (5-3) lost his third in a row.
**Clearwater blanked Palm Beach, 3-0. LHS Jesse Biddle fanned a career high 12 in just seven innings. He along with fellow LHPs Austin Wright and Adam Morgan and C Cameron Rupp have been selected to play in the All-Star Game. 3B Cody Asche, second in the league at .352, didn’t make the North squad.
**Lakewood ended the week with its sixth consecutive loss, 9-4, at Kannapolis.
Curt Simmons Day
Big day on Saturday for Curt Simmons in his hometown of Egypt, PA, the 65th anniversary of his game against the big league Phillies in which he recorded 11 strikeouts.
The day began with a parade down Main Street to Egypt Memorial Park, scene of the exhibition game against the Phillies on June 2, 1947. One native of the town said, “I’ve lived here for 41 years and this is the first parade we ever had.”
“There were more people at the parade today than lived here when I was a kid,” beamed Simmons. The parade route went past the house in which he lived. A large banner hung from the porch roof, “Welcome Home Curt.”
The street off Main Street that leads to the ball field was changed to “Curt Simmons Drive.” A new sign will be mounted on the back of the grandstand, “Simmons Field.”
He also received numerous proclamations from politicians during the 40-minute program that followed the parade.
Whitehall High School athletic director, Bob Hartman, also spoke and brought down the house when he said, “Curt we are going to retire your jersey number at Whitehall. Only one problem, we have no idea what number you wore and you don’t remember. So, in honor of the game you pitched against the Phillies, we are retiring #47.”
The event typified small-town America where the game of baseball means so much. People were friendly, appreciative and extremely proud that Egypt is the home of a baseball great. Congratulations to the staff that planned the day. Curt will always remember it.
For details about that game in 1947, check out www.phillies.com/alumni.