Well, the weekend was filled with something new, old and blue:
Rained out Friday . . . first blown save by Papelbon on Saturday that became on win on Thome’s dramatic, historic home run . . . 900th win for Charlie as a big league manager . . . split doubleheader loss on Sunday running the Phillies winless streak on that day to seven (May 13, last Sunday win) . . . 14 walks by Phillies pitchers that were turned into six runs in the series; Phillies received 10 walks, two scored . . . twice on Sunday the Phillies had a runner on third with less than two out and didn’t score which has been a bugaboo this season . . . wasted seven-scoreless inning start by Cole . . . 12th consecutive winless start for Cliff . . . an ankle injury for Schneider . . . news that Utley will play in Lehigh Valley on Tuesday and in Philly later this week.
Try saying that in one breath.
If it hadn’t been for Thome’s pinch homer, his career first out of 609, it would have been a lost weekend. It was his 13th walk-off home run, the most in major league baseball history. Just think, he hit his 400th home run at Citizens Bank Park and now added another historic blast. I remember Gene Mauch once saying, “Exceptional players do exceptional things.”
Now, the invasion of the second-place Pirates for a four-game series that begins tonight. It has been a while since the Pirates were this high in the standings and played a four-game series in Philly. A year ago, they came in after the All-Star Game break playing well and the Phillies swept three from them.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost two of three at Columbus; held to 14 singles over last two games. RHR J. C. Ramirez picked up first AAA save on Friday.
**Reading went 2-2 at Bowie. 3B Cody Asche, promoted from Clearwater where he hit .349, got off to a 1-11 start in first three AA games.
**Clearwater won two of three from Daytona. RHR Tyler Knigge fanned six in two perfect outings of one inning each.
**Lakewood went 1-2 at Hagerstown, the win coming Sunday behind LHS Ethan Stewart (4-8), his fourth straight win.
**Williamsport won two of three vs. Auburn. 3B Mitch Walding was 4-5 on Friday, first pro homer and six RBI.
Gulf Coast League Phillies: ended the first week, 0-6, including 4-2 and 2-1 losses to the Yankees over the weekend (league doesn’t play on Sundays).
June 25, 1971: Pittsburgh’s LF Willie Stargell hits tape-measure home run off RHP Jim Bunning. The ball lands in the exit of Section 601, the longest home run ever hit at the Vet.
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