Another Great ALS Event
Thanks to all the fans that showed up for the Phillies Phestival Thursday evening. Nearly 7,000 fans were there. Remember the days at the Vet when we were lucky to have a couple of thousand.
A total of $858,000 was raised to help fight ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since we started the even in 1984, the total now has topped $13.5 million. Hopefully someday we’ll find a cure.
After signing autographs, team took a Delta charter flight to Atlanta where they begin a six-game road trip that ends next Thursday in Washington, DC.
In recent years, the Braves and Nationals were chasing the Phillies. That’s flip-flopped this season. Needless to say, it is a key road trip. Phillies are 8-4 since the ASG break.
Phillies are 2-4 vs. the Braves, losing the last three (final three games before the All-Star Game). Washington, owners of he best record in the NL, has a 4-2 edge over the Phillies. After this trip, the Phillies face each team six more times.
With the trade deadline coming up at 4 p.m. on Tuesday (31st). Ruben Amaro Jr., Scott Proefrock, Benny Looper and Mike Ondo boarded the charter flight.
Down On The Farm
Rain washed out home games for Lehigh Valley and Reading. RHP Jonathan Pettibone (Reading) has been moved up to LV. RHP Brody Colvin goes from Clearwater to Reading.
Clearwater lost 7-4, at Jupiter. 1B Jim Murphy, 13th homer, 2 RBI; RF Anthony Hewitt, 12th homer, 2 RBI.
Lakewood lost its fifth in a row, 8-6, at Hagerstown. 1B Chris Duffy, single, double, 11th homer, 5 RBI; hitting .385. CF Miguel Alvarez, 3 doubles, single, 2 RBI.
Williamsport ended a 3-game losing streak, 8-5, at Lowell. SS Roman Quinn, 3 hits, 14th stolen base. RHP Chris Nichols (3-0), second of four pitchers, was the winner. 3rd save for Greg Broussard.
Gulf Coast League Phillies defeated Braves, 14-9. 3 hits each for 1B William Carmona, C Willans Astudillo and 3B Zach Green. Carmona hit his first pro grand slam.
Where is He?
Bob Miller is one of the four players still living from the 1950 Whiz Kids. Paul Hagen has a feature on Bob on www.phillies.com/alumni. Check it out.
July 27, 1950: RF Del Ennis sets a club record by driving in seven runs in two consecutive innings (seventh and eighth) as the Phillies pound Chicago, 13-3, at Shibe Park.
July 25-28, 1951: RHP Robin Roberts (7/25 at St. Louis), LHP Ken Johnson (7/26 at STL), RHP Bubba Church (7/27 at Chicago) and RHP Russ Meyer (7/28 at CHI) set a club record with four consecutive shutouts.
July 27, 1935: 2B Jose “Chile” Gomez, a native of Mexico, becomes the first Hispanic player to appear in a Phillies uniform. He is hitless in four at-bats in a 5-0 win over the Braves in Boston.
July 27, 1966: Pitching classic in Dodger Stadium as Dodgers edge Phillies, 2-1, in 12 innings. Winner LHP Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 in 11 innings while loser RHP Jim Bunning fans 12 in his 11-inning outing.
For more weekend Phlashbacks, check out www.phillies.com/alumni.