Future on Display

A look at the future looked brighter as the Phillies pounded the Cubs yesterday to take the series.

**24-year-old RH Ethan Martin picked up his first major league win, allowing one run in 5 innings in his second big league start.

**23-year-old 3B Cody Asche, 25-year-old LF Dom Brown and 27-year-old RF Daren Ruf each homered. Combined they were 6-14 with six RBI. While Brown has been in there since day 1, the other “kids” will be getting a chance to show what they can do the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, the other big news of the day centered around a two-year contract extension for 34-year-old Chase, a fan favorite for his all-out hustling style of play. Philadelphia loves blue collar workers and Chase is certainly that. He sets the standard as to how to play the game on the field and in the clubhouse.

AMTRAK took the Phillies to DC after the game and a weekend series with the Nationals who have lost four in a row.

One more win and Charlie becomes the 59th manager in major league baseball history to win 1,000 big league games. The all-time leader is Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics, 3,731.

From Elias
It was the first time that two rookies (Ruf, Asche) hit home runs in the same game for the Phillies since June 16, 2001, when Johnny Estrada and Jimmy Rollins both went deep in 14-6 win over the Orioles at Veterans Stadium.

New Phillie
OF Casper Wells, a right-handed hitter who can play all three outfielder positions, was claimed by the Phillies on waivers from the White Sox and will be in uniform tonight. He’s a career .249 hitter vs. LHP.

The 28-year-old must have set some sort of a record for waiver claims. Between April 10 and 29, he went from the Mariners to the Blue Jays to the A’s to the White Sox. Each move was a waiver claim.

Now for some real trivial trivia: Wells will be the 1,930th player to wear our uniform since 1883 and the first one named Casper.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost, 3-2, at Charlotte. LP: Tyler Cloyd (4-9), his first loss since July 4. Prior to last night, he had allowed 3 runs in his last 5 GS. Last night, 3 R in 8 IP.

**Reading lost, 4-1, at Harrisburg; Senators scored 4 in 8th. No decision: LHP Jesse Biddle, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 7 BB, 5 SO. RF Kelly Dugan, 2 of Reading’s 5 hits. In an oddity, Reading leads the EL in homers (113) but has scored the fewest runs (470).

**Clearwater was shut out on 3 hits, 11-0, by Daytona.

**Lakewood lost, 7-0, to West Virginia before a sellout of 8,000. BlueClaws had just 4 hits.

**Williamsport was swept in Tri-Cities, 10-2, in series finale. 3B Zach Green, 10th HR, 5th in the last 10 games. Green leads the NYP League in homers as does Williamsport (35).

**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 6-3, to the Yankees. CF Venn Biter, 18 years old, was 3-3; in first 6 pro games, he’s hitting .533.

This Date
August 9, 1953–RHP Bob Miller tossed a shutout at the Cubs in Chicago and collected for hits, a first in Wrigley Field history. The 87-year-old Miller talks about his favorite game memories at http://www.phillies.com/aluimni. Check it out.

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).

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.

Excerpt from Robbie’s HOF speech:
“The Hall of Fame people, I’d like to say, were very nice. I only had one request that they turned down: I asked if it would be appropriate if I would invite everyone that ever hit a home run off me to be here today, but Cooperstown wasn’t big enough. But I am going to have little cards made up that say ‘I hit a home run off Robbie’ and mail them to all those gentlemen because I’m sure they’d like to have it in their wallet. There were a lot of them, by the way.” In his career, Robbie gave up 505 homers, a record until Jamie Moyer broke it in 2010.

August 10, 1981–1B Pete Rose singles off St. Louis’ Mark Littell in the eighth inning for his 3,631st hit to break Stan Musial’s all-time NL record in 7-3 loss at the Vet before the largest crowd of the season, 60,561. The hit comes as play resumes following a two-month (55-game) work stoppage. MLB decided to have a split season. Since the Phillies (34-21) had a 1.5 game lead over the Cardinals when the season was stopped on June 11, they are declared the first-half champions.

August 11, 1970–RHP Jim Bunning joins Cy Young as the only pitchers to win 100 games in each league, a 6-5 decision in Houston.

August 11, 1994–Phillies edge Dallas Green’s New York Mets in 15 innings, 2-1, at the Vet in what turns out to be the final game of the season as the players go on strike the following day. The season never resumes.

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