August 2012

Brewers Ride Slam

The Phillies beat the Brewers in their last at-bat in three straight games at Citizens Bank Park last month. Last night, the Brewers returned the favor with an eighth-inning grand slam and stretched their winning streak at Miller Park to seven straight.  Final, 7-4.

The homer was the fourth of the night for the Brewers and 89th of the season at home, against only 52 on the road.  Two of their homers hit the top of the fence and bounced over.

Phillies loaded the bases with two out in the top of the 9th but couldn’t pull off another last at-bat win.

It was the Brewers 5th win against the NL East vs. 12 losses.  The Phillies are 17-9 against the NL Central.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley was a 5-2 winner at Buffalo.  C Sebastian Valle had his second straight 3-hit game, including his 3rd homer since promotion to AAA.  Win went to LHS Tom Cochran (7-5); 3rd save for RH Justin DeFratus, 1.1 innings, 2 strikeouts.

Reading lost a 14-12 slugfest against Trenton.  6th inning featured 21 batters and 13 runs (7 for Trenton, 6 for Reading).  LF D’Arby Myers, 5-5, 2 steals.  3B Cody Asche, 3rd 3-hit game this week, 4 RBI; leads organization with 143 hits.  Hitting streak stretched to 12 games. 1B Darin Ruf, 1-5, ending his streak of homering in 5 straight games.

Clearwater lost, 4-2, at Tampa.  3B Placido Polanco batted 2nd, 1-3, with and RBI.

Lakewood ended a 3-game losing streak, 5-4, at Greensboro. 3B Maikel Franco, double, triple, 3 RBI (69 for the season).  RHS Colin Kleven (7-8) was winner, 1 earned run, 6 hits, 7 innings.

Williamsport lost its 3rd in a row, 8-3, vs. Batavia.  LF Larry Greene, 3 doubles, 4 at-bats. SS Roman Quinn, 1-3, 2 RBI, club-high 18th steal.

Gulf Coast League Phillies edged the Tigers, 2-1, on a walk-off single by 2B Carlos Valenzuela.  2 hits each for C Willians Astudillo and RF Dylan Cozens.  RH Keivy Rojas (4-1) picked up a blown save and the win.

Phlashback

August 17, 1894: Collecting 28 singles out of a club-record 36 hits, Phillies destroy visiting Louisville, 29-4.  OF Sam Thompson hit for the cycle, three singles, a double, triple and home run in seven at-bats.

August 17, 1957: CF Richie Ashburn, known for his ability to foul pitches off, hits spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at-bat.  The first one breaks her nose; the second hits her while she is being removed on a stretcher. Ironically, she is the wife of Earl Roth, sports editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin.

August 17, 1972: LHP Steve Carlton wins his 20th game of the season and 15th consecutive, longest streak in Phillies history, 9-4 over Cincinnati before 42,635 at the Vet.  Lefty had 5 shutouts in the streak and a 1.33 ERA.

Chris Wheeler wrote about Lefty’s magical 1972 season on www.phillies.com/alumni.

 

 

Still No Road Sweep

Last five road games, Phillies pitchers had a 0.41 ERA, allowing two runs in 44 innings until Doc gave up three in seven innings on Wednesday afternoon.  Then, the bullpen’s seven scoreless innings streak came to a screeching halt.

Miami’s sleepy offense awoke with six runs off three relievers in the eighth inning putting a one-run game out of reach.

Phillies were primed for their first three-game sweep on the road but came up short. Instead, they settled for two of three for the fourth time since the trade deadline.

They’ve had one three-game sweep at home, Milwaukee starting on July 23.  The current road trip takes the Phillies to Milwaukee for four starting Thursday night.  Bernie Brewer would love to pay back Phillie Phanatic.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley was a 4-1 winner at Buffalo behind RHS Jonathan Pettibone (3-0), 1 run, 7 innings, 6 strikeouts, 2-2 as a hitter, double, RBI.  Combined between AA and AAA, 12-7, winning last 5.  15th save for RHR Phillippe Aumont. C Sebastian Valle, 3-4. In Pettibone’s 3 wins, Valle is 5-11, 2 homers, 6 RBI.

Reading dropped a 6-5 decision at Tampa despite another homer for 1B Darin Ruf.  He’s homered in 5 straight games, hitting 6, boosting season total to 29.  During August, he has 21 hits, 11 being homers. 3B Cody Asche stretched his hitting streak to 11 games.  RH Julio Rodriguez, pitching in relief, fanned 7 in 3 scoreless innings.

Clearwater won its fourth in a row, 9-0, at Tampa.  LHS Mario Hollands (4-1), 6 innings, 5 hits, 7 strikeouts.  RF Anthony Hewitt, 2-4, 2 RBI.  DH Chris Duffy, 3-5.

Lakewood dropped its third in a row, 3-0, at Augusta.

Williamsport was blanked by Batavia, 5-0.  Loser RH Ulises Joaquin (1-2), 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 unearned runs, 5 strikeouts.

Gulf Coast League Phillies were defeated by the host Tigers, 7-4.  RF Andrew Pullin, 2-4, double, 2 RBI.  LHR Yoel Mecias, 4 innings, 3 hits, 4 strikeouts.

Phlashback

August 16, 1977: Phillies extend their longest winning streak of the century to 13 games with a 7-5 decision in Montreal. The Phils hadn’t won that many in a row since 1892.

August 16, 1984: 2B Juan Samuel hits 16th triple, a new rookie record for the Phillies. CF Von Hayes joins Samuel with 30plus steals, first for Phillies in 72 years. Cubs win, 65, in Chicago.

More Phlashbacks and other Alumni news, notes and photos are available at www.phillies.com/alumni.

 

J-Roll Passes Bowa

KK did it on the mound and J-Roll, in another milestone game in his career, did it on the second pitch of the game.  His lead-off homer was all KK, Lindblom and Papelbon needed for the Phillies second straight shutout, 1-0, last night.

According to Elias Sports Bureau it’s only the second 1-0 win in Phillies’ history in which the only run came on a leadoff home run in the first inning. John Briggs smacked Bill Singer’s second pitch of the game while Grant Jackson blanked the Dodgers in Los Angeles on June 12, 1969.

The win was a milestone for Charlie, too, his 700th win as a Phillies manager.  He’s setting the bar so high that it may never be broken. Most wins for a manager in Philadelphia baseball history? Connie Mack, 3,731 in 53 seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics.  Guess Charlie’s bar is Phillies only.

On the exact same date six years ago, J-Roll hit his 18th homer to break Granny Hamner’s record for home runs by a Phillies shortstop.

Last night he passed Larry Bowa (1,730) for the most games by a Phillies shortstop, a bigger milestone.   Bowa last played for the Phillies in 1981 meaning his record stood for 31 years.

Who held the record before Bowa?  Glad you asked.

None other than Mickey Doolan (1,297).  Mickey wore a Phillies uniform from 1905-1913.  Bowa passed Mickey on August 19, 1978, at the Vet.  So, Mickey’s record lasted for 65 years.

But, Mickey hasn’t been totally erased from the Phillies record book.  In 1906, he had 395 putouts.  No other shortstop in Phillies history has matched that.

Career Leaders, By Position

C Mike Lieberthal, 1,139 games

1B Fred Luderus, 1,298

2B  Chase Utley, 1,076

SS Rollins, 1,731

3B Mike Schmidt, 2,212

OF Richie Ashburn, 1.785

Chase passed Tony Taylor last year and Lieby passed Red Dooin in 2006.  Chase, J-Roll and Lieby have all played at Citizens Bank Park.  But, you knew that.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley was blanked for the third time in four games, this time, 6-0, at Buffalo. LHR Joe Savery who had 9 consecutive scoreless innings, gave up 5 in .1 inning.  RHS Tyson Bummett (3-3) was charged with the loss, 1 run, 2 hits, 4 innings.

Reading won its third in a row, 7-2, at Trenton.  1B Darin Ruf hit his 28th homer, third in 2 games.  3B Cody Asche extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his second consecutive 3-hit game; he’s gone from .229 to .270 in the 10 games . . . LHS Adam Morgan (2-0) won his second AA start, 2 runs, 5 hits, 5 strikeouts, 6 innings.

Clearwater won its third in a row, 4-0, at Tampa behind LHS Austin Wright (10-4), 6 innings, 6 hits, 8 strikeouts.  He joins Tyler Cloyd and Jonathan Pettibone as 10-game winners in the organization.

Lakewood dropped a 4-2 decision at Augusta.  LHS Hoby Milner (4-3) saw his consecutive scoreless inning streak end at 20.2 innings when he gave up 2 runs in the third inning.  Charged with 3 runs in 4 innings, 1 run earned.

Williamsport: NL won the All-Star Game, 8-1.  Chris Serritella was the starting DH for the NL, 1-2.  Roman Quinn was the second shortstop for the winners, 1-2, a 2-run homer.

Gulf Coast League Phillies ended a 5-game losing streak, 6-4, at the Blue Jays, winning the game on RF Dylan Cozens’ 2-run homer in the top of the 10th inning. He drove in the winning run last Tuesday.

Phlashback

August 15, 1990–Terry Mulholland pitches 60 no-hitter against San Francisco, the first ever at the Vet.  It is the first by a Phillies pitcher at home this century and eighth of the 1990 major league season.

Visit www.phillies.com/alumni to read Paul Hagen’s story on Mulholland’s no-hitter.  Great photo of Mulholland in Darren Daulton’s arms in celebrating his gem and a video clip of the last out.

 

Lots of “Firsts”

For the 115th game of the season, there sure were a lot of “firsts” last night in Miami:

**Cole turned in his second consecutive shutout, a career first.

**Win was his first against them this season.  Half of his six losses came at the hands of the Marlins.

**Win was first in Marlins Park and first against the Marlins since June 1.  Win ended a five-game losing streak against them.

**Finally, it was the Phillies first win on the first game of a road trip since June 8 at Baltimore.

Getting back to Cole, he and Johan Santana are the only pitchers this year to toss back-to-back shutouts, according to Elias Sports Bureau.  He’s only the third pitcher in the last 20 years with consecutive shutouts Cory Lidle, two in 2004 and Cliff Lee, three in 2011.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley defeated Rochester, 6-4, behind RHS Tyler Cloyd (12-1), his eighth straight win, 3 runs, 6 hits, 6 innings.  1 hitless, shutout inning each from LH Jake Diekman, RH Justin DeFratus, RH Phillippe Aumont (14th save). Pete Orr, 4-4, including 2nd home run.

Reading doubled Trenton, 8-4, as 1B Darin Ruf hit his league-leading 26th-27th homers.  RHS Ethan Martin (3-0), 2 runs, 5 innings.  Ruf homered in his third straight game and has hit 7 in last 10 games.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood lost, 7-4, in Augusta, the start of 7-game road trip.

Williamsport on a 2-day All-Star Game break.

Gulf Coast League Phillies dropped their 5th in a row, 3-0, to the Blue Jays.

Phlashback

August 14, 1981–3B Mike Schmidt homers in 3rd inning off New York’s Mike Scott at Shea Stadium for his 300th home run. Phillies win, 84.

August 14, 1984–2B Juan Samuel steals 56th base, breaking Sherry Magee’s club record set in 1906.  Phillies lose, 32, in San Diego

August 14, 2006–SS Jimmy Rollins’ 18th home run sets a club record for homers by a shortstop, breaking Granny Hamner’s mark (17) in 1952.  Phillies romp over Mets, 13-0, at Citizens Bank Park.

For more Phlashback moments, visit www.phillies.com/alumni.

 

Alumni Glee Club Debut

Alumni Weekend began at a sold out luncheon for seniors Thursday noon in the Diamond Club and ended with the first appearance ever of the Alumni Glee Club on Sunday afternoon.

Alumni Glee Club, you ask?

Yep, led by the Phanatic wearing a tux, Gary Matthews, Larry Andersen, Tommy Greene, Ozzie Virgil, Von Hayes, Wayne Gomes, Ricky Bottalico and Ricky Jordan sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” in the bottom of the seventh inning.  American Idol next?  No chance.

Mike Lieberthal became the third catcher in the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, surrounded by 12 Wall of Famers. Missing was Jim Bunning who was attending the wedding of one of his 35 grandchildren.

Forty-five Alumni from eight decades were introduced on the field Saturday night.  First was the oldest living Phillie, 96-year-old Freddy Schmidt, who pitched for the Phils in 1947.  Five All-Star catchers followed Freddy and began the parade. The five Bob Boone, Ozzie Virgil, Lance Parrish, Darren Daulton and Lieby.

First ball ceremony was a reversal of a long-time successful battery of Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Carlton and Tim McCarver, honored in Cooperstown last month with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence.  Between the Cardinals and Phillies, Timmy caught Lefty 251 times, over 1,680 innings.  McCarver’s first pro game was in Waterloo, IA, in 1959 and the home plate umpire was a young man named Brent Musburger.  We brought him in from Montana to ump.  McCaver lobbed a toss that Lefty backhanded way off the plate.  “Strike” bellowed Musburger.

Timmy was as excited as a child at Christmas when asked to throw the ball to Lefty.  MLB.com’s Marty Noble wrote a great story on phillies.com.  Check it out.

Throughout the weekend, Alumni interacted with fans unannounced.  Some signed autographs, others were gate greeters.  John Kruk announced the lineups after picking up some fans in the Citizens Bank golf cart. Darren Daulton and Mitch Williams surprised a young fan celebrating her birthday on Sunday by singing Happy Birthday.  “Hollywood is next,” laughed Darren.

Dick Allen (first), Tony Taylor (second) and Kevin Stocker (third) changed the bases also on Sunday.  “First base is a long way away,” proclaimed Allen as he exited the field by the third base dugout. When the Phanatic came on the field with the hot dog shooter on Sunday, a man in a dark cap and gray shirt was doing the shooting.  Yep, Mike Schmidt had a ball.

For the three days, suites on the Hall of Fame Club level served as the hospitality headquarters.  Dinner was provided in the Executive Dining Room.  Saturday the guys from the 1980 club occupied the largest table in the room.  Instead chicken, crab cakes or filet mignon, Greg Luzinski treated the table to Bull’s BBQ ribs.

It didn’t matter if you were a teammate or not, you were a Phillie. That was a strong and common bond. Tony Taylor introduced himself to Larry Milbourne, who said, “I remember seeing you play.”  Both got a big laugh.

Von Hayes’ college roommate for three years was George Descalso, whose son, Daniel, is an infielder with the Cardinals.  Von made sure to check in with Daniel.  “I remember him when he was a baby.”

Pat Burrell who last played a year ago, was attending his first reunion.  He bonded with everyone from Howie Bedell to Bobby Wine, Alumni he had never met. He said he had a ball and is looking forward to next year. In two years, he’s eligible for the Wall of Fame and should be a first-ballot winner.

Other first-timers were Larry Bowa, Todd Pratt, Parrish, Hayes and McCarver.  Normally, Timmy is broadcasting a FOX game on Saturdays.  Because of the Olympics, FOX didn’t televise Saturday and a week ago Saturday.  “Do I have to wait four more years to be invited back,” he laughed.

Soon we’ll have the 2013 schedule which means we can begin planning next year’s Alumni Weekend.

(Still photographs and video of Alumni weekend can be found on www.phillies.com).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni Luncheon Review

Having been around baseball players for years…make that decades…it shouldn’t surprise me with the recall these guys have of teammates, game situations including exact pitch counts, flights, bus rides.  They are great story tellers.

A sold out third annual Alumni Luncheon for Seniors Thursday noon was treated to stories by Bobby Wine, Kent Tekulve, Mike Lieberthal, Kevin Stocker, Bill Giles and Tim McCarver.  Space doesn’t permit going into detail of their remarks but here’s a glimpse.

First question for Wine, “What happened in 1964?”  In case you have been living on mars for the last 50 years, the Phillies collapsed down the stretch that year and lost the pennant. “A lot of people blame Gene (Mauch),” started Wine. “All year we did the right thing, fundamentals, defense, pitch and then we hit a 10-game stretch where everything went wrong.  People blame Gene for using Bunning and Short too often but other pitchers were hurt.”

Tekulve was in the Pirates bullpen during the 1970s when the Phillies and Bucs battled.  “Coming out of the left field bullpen at the Vet, I heard everything, mostly boos,” he said.  “When I was traded to the Phillies in 1985, I wondered how I would be received.  I got traded on a Friday and was in the bullpen the next day and I was called into the game.  I kind of opened the bullpen door very slowly, waiting for the worst to happen.  Instead I got a standing ovation, which was one of the most gratifying moments of my career.”

Lieby spoke about how excited he is to be heading into the Wall of Fame on Friday night.  “I was a skinny kid about 155 pounds when I was drafted.  I remember going to the minor league camp the next year and it seemed as if everybody looked at me, ‘Who’s this skinny kid.  He was our first pick?’  The media wrote about it too.  That helped motivate me and I wound up playing 13 years here and I’ve very grateful.  To be on the wall with all the great Phillies names is special.  I’ve got my speech ready.”

Stocker spoke about his first pro team and first big league game.  “I was signed in the middle of the season and was told to report to Spartanburg, SC.  Being from the state of Washington, I had no idea where Spartanburg was.  I got there and sat on the bench for seven days.  The first game I’m sitting there and looking at this skinny kid on the bench.  He’s a catcher?  He hit four ropes that game but two were caught.  After the outs, he came back on the bench and started cursing.  You could tell he was a competitor. Remember that Lieby? When I came up to the Phillies in 1993 they were in the middle of a pennant race.  Lenny led off the first inning and scored.  I’m in the runway behind the dugout trying to calm my nerves.  Lenny comes down and sits on a stool and started spitting out that tobacco juice.  I’m just looking.  He reaches back and grabs a fresh chew and then he lights up a cigarette.  I’m like, they smoke in the big leagues?  He looks up at me and says, ‘Welcome to the big leagues kid.’”

Giles was asked about the arrival of the Phanatic, wallenda and kiteman.  He had everyone in stitches.  “The second person we had for kiteman came out and looked at the Vet.  I asked him to practice.  He said, ‘If I’m going to kill myself I want more people there than just you.’”

When McCarver was winding down his long playing career, Giles asked Timmy if he had any interest in a broadcasting career.  As it turns out, he did and started that part of his life with Harry, Richie, Andy and Wheels in 1980.  In September of that year, he did put on the uniform at the end of the season and played in one game, making him the first catcher to play in four decades.  “Bill mentioned it and Dallas (Green) said he was OK with it.  So I’m in the dugout and Pete Rose doubles.  I said to Dallas, ‘Let me run for Pete.’  Pete never left a game and I thought I could go down as the only pinch-runner he ever had.  It didn’t happen but I did get to bat once and doubled in my last at-bat.  When I got to second base, I tipped my cap to my broadcasting partners in the press box.”

Before the luncheon, the former players were in a conference room autographing photos for the fans.  Wine and McCarver played against each other in the minor leagues.  They tried to remember Wine’s teammates on the 1959 Buffalo team.  Bring up the name of a former teammate, Wine, Timmy and Tekulve would have a story.

McCarver is a great story-teller and usually ends it with an infectious laugh.  “We’re in the 1964 World Series…thank you Bobby…and Bob Uecker is shagging in the outfield during batting practice.  A band beyond the left field wall at Yankee Stadium stopped playing. Uecker went there and took the big tuba.  He then tried to catch fly balls with this tuba.  There must have been 8-10 dents in it.  In November, we get our World Series checks, something like $8,100.  Uecker’s check had a deduction for $165….damaged tuba.”

Plans call for the Alumni Luncheon to be made into a 30-minute show for Comcast’s In Demand library.  Don’t miss it.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley lost to Buffalo, 10-1.  RH Austin Hyatt, on his return to AAA from AA, was tagged for 7 runs in 3 innings.  2B Cesar Hernandez, 1-3, including a double.

Reading beat Trenton, 4-1, behind an impressive AA debut by LH Adam Morgan, 0 runs, 1 hit, 7 innings, 6 strikeouts.  The hit was a lead-off double in the second inning.  3 hits each for 3B Cody Asche and 1B Darin Ruf.

Clearwater lost to Tampa, 10-0, allowing a 9-run eighth inning. RF Anthony Hewitt, 2-4. Tim Kennelly, a catcher, is being converted to a pitcher.  He tossed 1 scoreless inning behind loser LH Mario Hollands (3-1), 3 runs, 5 innings.  Threshers have dropped 6 in a row.

Lakewood won its third straight, 2-1, over Kannapolis.  2B Alejandro Villalobos’ 2-run double was the game-winner for RH Gabrial Arias (4-3), 1 run, 6 innings.  Third save for RH Zach Cooper. BlueClaws are a game out in the second half.

Williamsport stretched its winning streak to 3 with a 7-3 decision at Jamestown. 2 hits each for CF Kyle Hoppy and 3B Tyler Greene.

Gulf Coast League Phillies bowed, 5-2, to the Yankees in Tampa. RF Andrew Pullin, 3 hits including sixth double and third streal.

Alumni News, Notes and Photo

Available at www.phillies.com/alumni.

 

 

 

 

Too Many Walks

Going into the game:

**KK was 6-1 with a 2.28 ERA in his career against Atlanta.  At home, he had a streak of 15 straight scoreless innings against the Braves and hadn’t given them a run since July 25.

**The Phillies pitching staff had issued 276 walks, fewest in the NL.

**Phillies relievers had allowed just seven runs in 43.1 innings since July 20.

All those numbers went out the window. Going into the second inning, KK had a 1-0 lead thanks to J-Roll’s lead-off homer, his 40th.  It came on the first pitch he saw.

KK then came unglued in a 50-pitch, four-run second inning that included three walks.  Two innings later, Atlanta led, 6-1. A big lead like that against Tim Hudson is usual lethal.   But, the Phillies battled back with five to tie at 6-6 before the pen broke down, allowing six runs on three hits and six walks in two innings.  The Braves got 12 runs on 10 hits,  nine walks (two intentional) and one error.

Meanwhile, Braves relievers gave up one hit in 4.2 scoreless innings.

Day off on Thursday and then Alumni Weekend against the Cardinals, the highest-scoring NL team.

Milestones

J-Roll’s homer was his 700th extra-base hit.  Only Mike Schmidt has more in Phillies history, 1,015.

Ryan’s homer was his 500th extra-base hit.  He’s 11th on the Phillies all-time list, three behind Cy Williams.

Four in that top 10 have played at Citizens Bank Park, J-Roll, Ryan, Bobby Abreu (585) and Pat Burrell (518).

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley nipped Buffalo, 5-4, in 12 innings on a wild pitch.  RH Tyler Cloyd, no decision; gave up 4 runs in 6.2 innings, the most runs he’s allowed since May 20 when he gave up 5 in losing his only game of the season.  Including Reading, he’s 14-1. RF Steve Susdorf, 2-5, with a steal, caught stealing and a pick off.

Reading beat Trenton, 7-2, as RH Ethan Martin (2-0) won his second straight, 2 runs, 1 earned, 5 hits, 6.1 innings. Homers by 1B Darin Ruf (23), LF Leandro Castro (8) and RF Brandon Tripp (5).

Clearwater lost its fifth straight, 4-3, to Tampa.  LHS Austin Wright, no decision, 3 runs (1 earned), 7 innings, 5 strikeouts. OF Zach Collier, 2 hits, 2 RBI, seventh steal.

Lakewood blanked Kannapolis, 5-0, as LH Hoby Milner (4-2) won his third straight and stretched his scoreless streak to 18.2 innings, 5 hits, 6.1 innings, 5 strikeouts. 3B Miakel Franco, 3-4, 3 runs scored.  He hit .207 in the first half; .318 in the second half.

Williamsport was a 6-2 winner at Mahoning Valley.  RH Ulises Joaquin (1-1), 0 runs, 3 hits, 5 innings. First save for Luis Gonzalez, 3 innings, 3 hits, 5 strikeouts. C Chace Numata hit his first homer in 70 games as a pro.

Gulf Coast League Phillies were defeated by the Yankees, 4-2. Loser LH Franklyn Vargas (4-3); gave up the 4 runs in the first inning.  3B Zach Green, 2 doubles.  He and teammate C Willians Astudillo are tied for the league lead in doubles (12) with two other players.

Phlashback

August 9, 1955: LF Del Ennis drives in his 1,000th run in 91 win vs. Pittsburgh. OF Ed Delahanty is the club’s all-time RBI leader (1,286). Check out www.phillies.com/alumni for a vintage photo of that night.

August 9, 1965: RHP Robin Roberts (6-7), pitching for Houston, blanks the Phillies on four hits, 8-0, at the Astrodome, his first start in the NL since September 10, 1961, when he was with the Phils.

August 9, 1976: RHP Robin Roberts is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY. Because of rain, induction ceremonies take place in the Otesaga Hotel small ballroom.

 

 

 

 

Cole Dominates

Last night, Cole put an end to the seven-game losing streak against Atlanta.  He blanked them on five singles.  Last time the Phillies beat Atlanta was May 3, also a shutout, 4-0, by Joe-B.

Cole didn’t walk a batter, the third time this season a Phillies pitcher has tossed a shutout without issing a walk.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the first time the Phillies have had three different pitchers to that  since 1972 when they had four, Steve Carlton, Woodie Fryman, Wayne Twitchell and Barry Lersch.

The Phillies offense produced three runs through four batters in their first inning and that was it.  Final two runs came on Ryan’s 422-foot homer, #291 for his career. It was enough for Cole who dominated in throwing 11 pitches.

Phil Ins

Phillies starting pitchers lead all major league staffs with 621 strikeouts in 711 innings, also tops among 30 clubs . . . On the other hand, Phillies hitters have the fewest, 712 . . . Wednesday is the Phillies best day of the week, 10-6. Saturday, the poorest, 5-13 . . . When the sellout streak ended on Monday, the Phillies had the largest crowd in the majors; only the Dodgers (55,000) had a bigger crowd Tuesday . . . Charlie needs four more wins to reach 700 with the Phillies . . . No game on Thursday followed by Alumni Weekend against the Cardinals.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley and Lakewood were not scheduled.

Reading dropped a 4-3 decision to first-place Trenton.  Loser RHS Trevor May (8-10) allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings.  C Tommy Joseph, 2-4.

Clearwater lost, 9-3, to Tampa, their fourth straight defeat.  LHS Jesse Biddle (7-5) gave up 3 homers in 5.1 innings.  RF Anthony Hewitt, double, 13th homer.

Williamsport ended a 4-game losing streak, 6-2, at Mahoning Valley.  CF Kyle Hoppy, 1st pro homer; 2B Tyler Greene, 2nd homer.  RHS Kevin Brady (1-1) won his first game in the pros, 0 earned runs, 5.2 innings.

Gulf Coast League Phillies ended a 3-game spin, 5-4, over the Braves in 10 innings.  RF Dylan Cozens had walk-off RBI single with two out in the 10th. OF Jiandido Tromp, 4-5, double, triple.

Phlashback

August 8, 1903: Twelve fans die and 232 are injured when a balcony collapses at Philadelphia Park during a doubleheader against the Boston Braves. The accident forces the Phillies to play 16 games at the Philadelphia Athletics’ Columbia Park.

August 8, 1988: LF Phil Bradley enters the record book, well, sort of.  He hits the first home run in the first night game ever at Wrigley Field.  But, rain washes out the homer and a 3-1 Cubs lead in the fourth inning. After a delay of 2:10, the game is postponed.

More Phlashbacks can be found at www.phillies.com/alumni.

One Streak Ends

Everything has an ending, except promises by politicians.

The longest sellout streak in NL history ended last night, 257 regular-season games since 7/7/09.  During the incredible streak, the Phillies averaged an amazing 45,082.  That’s a real tribute to passionate Phillies fans.  So, thanks, thanks, thanks.

Only streaks longer are 772 by the current Red Sox (Fenway capacity 37,493) and 455 by Cleveland, 1995-2001.

One streak that hasn’t ended is the Braves’ spell over the Phillies.  Atlanta made it seven in a row last night. Phillies haven’t beaten the Braves at Citizens Bank Park since 9/11/11. During the seven games, Atlanta has outscored the Phillies, 35-11.  Braves also have fewer errors, 7-0.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley ended six straight games against Pawtucket with a 7-1 loss.  Two home game and then four in the road.  One of the strange schedule quirks.  2B Cesar Hernandez had half of LV’s 4 hits.  Since his promotion to AAA, he’s hitting .333.  Remember the name.

Reading and Clearwater were not scheduled.

Lakewood ended a 3-game losing streak by beating West Virginia, 8-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 3 hits, 4 RBI.  Win went to 19-year-old Lino Martinez (6-5), who matched his career high set a year ago at Williamsport.

Williamsport lost its fourth in a row to Connecticut, 7-1.  19-year-old SS Roman Quinn, single, 5th double, league-leading ninth triple and an RBI.

Gulf Coast League Phillies dropped their third straight, 4-2, to the Braves.  LV CF Derrick Mitchell, rehabbing in Clearwater, hit a home run. So, Atlanta defeated Philadelphia on the major league level and rookie league ball in the same day.

Alumni Weekend.

A Phillies tradition in which stars from the past return is right around the corner.  It starts with a Thursday noon luncheon for Seniors and ends on Sunday afternoon, when Alumni will surprise fans several times.  Check everything at www.phillies.com.alumni.

 

 

 

Out of the cellar

Weekend in review…………..

**By winning the series, the Phillies now have done that back-to-back which is good enough to get them out of the cellar.

**Shutout on Saturday night was the Phillies first at Citizens Bank Park since September 5, 2011.

**Doc’s win was his first since May 17.

**Cliff is winless in his last 10 starts at home.  But, back-to-back strong outings by Doc and Cliff bodes well for the future.

**Ryan’s walk-off single was the eighth of his career, most of anybody on the team.

**Five of the Phillies last six wins at home have come in their final at-bat.

**In this season of disbelief, yet another injury, Chooch, their most consistent player. The All-Star catcher could miss the rest of the season.

**Given an opportunity, Kratz has stepped up big time behind the plate.

**J-Roll moved into third place ahead of Larry Bowa for games played in Phillies history.  He trails only Richie Ashburn (1,794) and Mike Schmidt (2,404).  Sometime next week, Jimmy will pass Bowa for the most games played at shortstop in team history.

**Chase’s homer on Sunday was his 195th, tying former teammate Bobby Abreu for ninth place on the all-time list.  Dick Allen is eighth, 204.

Down On The Farm (weekend edition)

Lehigh Valley lost 2 of 3 at Pawtucket to fall from first to third, but only 1.5 games out.  RHS Jonathan Pettibone won his first AAA game on Saturday. C Sebastian hit his first AAA homer in same game.  Red Sox scored 2 in last of ninth on Sunday and won it in walk-off fashion as relievers Phillippe Aumont (blown save #3) and Jake Diekman (1-1) walked 6 batters in 1.2 innings.

Reading took 3 out of 4 form Binghamton.  1B-LF Darin Ruf hit 4 homers (19-20-21-22) out of 5 hits.  RHS Ethan Martin, acquired in the Victorino trade, made his Phillies debut, winning on Friday, 1 run, 6 innings, 6 strikeouts.  RHS Brody Colvin (1-0) won his first AA game Sunday, 2 runs, 1 hit, 6 innings.  Phillies are in third, 1 game out of second and a postseason berth. Clearwater was swept in a 3-game series in Lakeland.  Threshers are in fourth, 2.5 games out of first place in the second half.

Lakewood lost all 3 in West Virginia and was outscored, 19-5.  BlueClaws are in fourth place, 3 games behind in the second half.

Williamsport dropped all 3 to Connecticut, including a 6-5, 15-inning decision on Saturday.  Crosscutters are in sixth place.

Gulf Cost League Phillies lost 2 of 3 to the Tigers. RHS Shane Watson, the Phillies first selection in the June draft, made his pro debut on Friday, second game, 1 inning, 1 strikeout.  Phillies are in fourth place.

Phlashback

Del Ennis became the second Phillie to reach 1,000 RBI 57 years ago. Check out www.phillies.com/alumni for a vintage photo of Del and three teammates acknowledging that accomplishment.

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