Pierre MVP II
There’s little doubt that Chooch is the Phillies MVP this season. If there is such a thing as an MVP II, it would go to 35-year-old Juan Pierre.
Signed in late January to a minor league contract just weeks before the start of spring training, the veteran didn’t know until the last minute that he had made the big league team.
He had another big night on Monday, three singles (10th time this season), three runs, perfectly placed bunt and two more steals. It was his 31st multi-hit game of the season. The two steals gave him 31, the 11th time he’s reached that number.
Doc evened his record even though he wasn’t sharp as he’s been recently but thanks to the offense, he breezed to his seventh win and 195th of his career.
Meanwhile, the offense overcame deficits and kept adding on, scoring in every inning but the second. Twelve runs are the most the Reds have allowed in a game this season.
Game two tonight, Cliff tries to do something he hasn’t done since September 26, win a game at Citizens Bank Park.
From Hunter Pence bobbleheads tonight to Retro Night on Wednesday as the Phillies remember the 1990s. Tommy Greene, who threw a no-hitter that decade, will throw out the first ball.
Bet you didn’t know that Ricky Bottalico had the most games for a Phillies pitcher in the 1990s and Mickey Morandini played in the most games. For more fun facts from the 1990s, check out Retro Night.
Players of the Week
Cole Hamels, NL honors . . . Reading 1B Darin Ruf, MiLB.com, Eastern League . . . Clearwater LHS Jesse Biddle, MiLB.com, Florida State League.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley rained out at home vs. Toledo.
Reading lost, 5-2, at Harrisburg. 1B Darin Ruf hit his 31st home run; homer was Ruf’s 112th in 19 games this month. C. Tommy Joseph, 3-3.
Clearwater was not scheduled.
Lakewood won, 6-4, on 3B Maikel Franco’s walk-off homer, his 14th. He also had 2 doubles (27), a single in 5 at-bats and drove in 3 (77 for the season).
Williamsport beat State College, 6-4. 1B Chris Serritella, 3-4, including league-leading 22nd double; 3 RBI.
Gulf Coast League won, 6-3, against the Yankees in Tampa. 1B Carlos Valenzuela, 2-4, 2 doubles, 4 RBI. LH Franklyn Vargas (5-3), 2 runs 2 hits, 5 innings.
August 21, 1949, 2nd game: Fans litter the Shibe Park field after umpire George Barr rules a line drive to CF Richie Ashburn was trapped and not caught. Umpires forfeit the game to the New York Giants.
August 21, 1972: LHP Steve Carlton loses to the RHP Phil Neikro and the Atlanta Braves 2-1 in 11 innings, snapping a 15-game personal victory streak.
August 21, 1991:1B John Kruk is hit by pitch for first time in his career, 2,681 plate appearances. Phillies win, 4-3, in 11 innings vs. Pittsburgh.
For a wrap up of Alumni weekend, visit www.phillies.com/alumni.