May 2014

Pattern Continues

The pattern continues. Offensively, the Phillies have scored 2 or fewer runs in every other day losses over the last 6 games, including last night’s 4-1 setback.

The Mets stretched their winning streak at Citizens Back Park to 6, matching a similar streak in 1971, then at the Vet. Longest streak for the Mets is 7, 1969-70. During the current 6-game losing streak, the Phillies have been outscored, 33-12.

Mets pitchers entered the game leading the league with 188 walks and ranked 11th in strikeouts with 405. Last night, 0 walks, 15 strikeouts.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,221)

Number of the Day
299: career saves for Papelbon.

Draft Time
The war room is set up on the Hall of Fame Club level at Citizens Bank Park in preparation for the annual summer draft that begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 5.

Meetings began yesterday as the Phillies zero in on their first-round pick, the seventh overall selection: Marti Wolever (assistant GM, Scouting), Mike Ledna and Bill Moore Scouting Coordinators), Darrell Conner (West Regional Supervisor), Scott Trcka (Central Regional Supervisor), Gene Schall (Mid-Atlantic Regional Supervisor), Eric Valent (Southeast Regional Supervisor), Joey Davis (Area Supervisor, Northern California), Sal Agostinelli (International Supervisor), Charley Kerfeld. Bart Braun and Charlie Manuel (Special Assistants to the GM), Ruben Amaro Jr, Pat Gillick and Dallas Green.

Representing the Phillies at the draft taking place in the MLB Network are Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 4-3, in Norfolk. WP: Chris Bootcheck (2-0); SV: Ken Giles (4), although he gave up 2 runs in the ninth. 3B Maikel Franco, 2B, 3B. HR: 1B Jim Murphy (8).

Reading was pounded, 12-2, by Trenton. RF Cameron Perkins, league-leading 19th double, RBI. .342 average ranks fourth in the EL.

Clearwater was blanked on 2 singles, 3-0, by Fort Myers.

Lakewood returned home and lost, 4-3, to Delmarva. 1B Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his 10th 1-hit game. Average has gone from .342 to .339 during the streak.

This Date
May 30, 1935: LF Babe Ruth goes hitless (one at-bat) in his final game as the Boston Braves beat the Phillies, 11-6, in the second game of a Baker Bowl doubleheader. Attendance: 18,000.

May 30, 1982: LHP Steve Carlton wins his 191st game with Phillies, 6-2, over Atlanta. Victory moves Lefty into second place on the Phillies’ all-time list ahead of Grover Alexander. Robin Roberts leads with 234.

May 30, 1989: Veterans Stadium is empty except for a handful of media who were there for 3B Mike Schmidt’s retirement press conference. He had announced his retirement the day before in San Diego and returned home to meet the Philadelphia media. His last game was May 28 at San Francisco.

May 30, 2009: Ryan Howard hits his eighth career grand slam to set a new club record. Phillies beat Washington, 9-6.

New Alumni Feature
Where are you Chuck Essegian? Learn about the former Phillies outfielder who entered the record book with the Dodgers. Feature appears at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
Sunday: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m., Section 111.
June 2: Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
June 5: Barnes & Noble, Valley Forge, PA, 6 p.m.
June 7: Costco, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
CANCELED: June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

Wednesday Win…Finally

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Four years ago Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Marlins in Miami. He threw 115 pitches, 72 for strikes in winning, 1-0.

Walk-Off Wednesday
Taking advantage of a costly error, The Big Piece ended the night with a 3-run, walk-off home run last night against the Rockies, who were on the verge of winning their first series in Philly since August 2004, the first year of Citizens Bank Park.

Ryan ended an o-fer on Monday night and drove in 5 runs. The Phillies ended two last night. They were 0-21 when trailing after 8 innings. And, they had lost their last 9 games on a Wednesday, including 0-7 this year. Previous win was 9/11/13.

It was Ryan’s fifth WO-HR, moving him into third place on the Phillies all-time list with Dick Allen, Johnny Callison, Gavvy Cravath, Del Ennis and Von Hayes. Cy Williams had 6 and Mike Schmidt leads with 10.

Mets begin a rare 5-game series at CBP tonight, the fifth game scheduled on Monday night as the result of an April 30 rain out. Tickets dated April 30 can be used Monday. Plenty of tickets are available.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,221)

Number of the Day
2000: Games Rollins has played with the Phillies, second to Schmidt’s 2,404.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 12-4, at Norfolk. HR: CF Tyler Gillies (2), C Cameron Rupp (6).

Reading was 9-6 winner over Trenton in 13 innings. LF Cameron Perkins, 3-7, including a 3-run, walk-off HR with 2 out. WP: Tyler Knigge (3-0); in May, 3-0, 3 SV, 21 IP, 0 R.

Clearwater defeated Fort Myers, 5-4, in 11 innings. 1B Art Charles hit a 3-run HR with 2 out in the ninth to tie the game. C Logan Moore, walk-off RBI single. Jordan Guth gave up 3 singles in a scoreless 11th and picked up the win.

Lakewood was a 2-1 winner at Greensboro. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 doubles. 1B Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 12 games. During the streak, his average went from .342 to .341 as 9 times he had 1 hit, including last night.

This Date
May 29, 1985: Mike Schmidt switches to first base as rookie Rick Schu is brought up from Portland to play third base. Phillies lose, 6-1, at Los Angeles.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
Sunday: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m., Section 111.
June 2: Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
June 5: Barnes & Noble, Valley Forge, PA, 6 p.m.
June 7: Costco, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
CANCELED–June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

Feast Or Famine

Cole was awesome but two walks and 1 mistake pitch—fastball out over the plate—that landed in the right field seats broke a 1-1 tie in the 7th inning, a game the Phillies lost, 6-2, to the Rockies last night. Cole gave up 4 runs on 3 hits in 7 innings.

Phillies out-hit the Rockies, 8-6.

The homer that pinned the loss on Cole was hit by Rosario. He has 12 career hits against the Phillies, 6 being home runs.

Game was actually lost in the third inning when the 7-8-9 hitters loaded the bases with no out but the 1-2-3 hitters couldn’t put the Phillies on the scoreboard during a scoreless game.

Offense continues a feast or famine outcome in the last 9 games at Citizens Bank Park. They’ve lost 5 of those games, scoring 2 total runs. In 4 wins, 34 runs.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,220)

Number of the Day
1,465—at-bats in the majors before Revere hit his first home run last night. Upon returning to the bench, he initially got the silent treatment from his teammates.

Minor League Report
Players of the week (May 19-25)
Pitcher – RHP, Yacksel Rios, Lakewood … 3 G, 1-0, 1.13 ERA (1 ER, 8.0 IP), 3 BB, 4 H, 8 SO … Made 3 relief appearances and picked up his 1st win of the season, 5/22 at West Virginia … A 2011 graduate of Dra Conchita Cuevas High School in Puerto Rico, the 6-foot-3 right hander was selected by the Phillies in the 12th round of the June 2011 draft and signed by Alan Marr.
Player – 2B, Albert Cartwright, Reading … 7 G … Batted .379 (11-29), .471 OBP, .517 SLG %, 7 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB … On 5/21 vs New Hampshire, he reached safely in each of his 5 plate appearances (2 H, 3 BB, 3 R) … Originally selected by Houston in the 36th round of the June 2007 draft, the 26-year-old was acquired on 1/10/11 for LHP Sergio Escalona.

Lehigh Valley won 2 over Norfolk, including a rescheduled game of April 25. SS Andres Blanco drove in 5 runs . . . WP: Sean O’Sullivan (3-4) and Phillippe Aumont (1-1).

Reading lost, 3-1, at Trenton, getting 6 singles and 1 double.

Clearwater lost 16th game in last 18, 11-0, to Fort Myers, getting 3 hits.

Lakewood lost, 6-3, at Greensboro. LF Sam Hiciano hit 6th HR, 5th this month.

This Date
Today is the 25th anniversary of Mike Schmidt’s last game after going hitless in 3 at-bats in San Francisco. Vince Nauss, PR assistant, was on the road trip, and recalled, “After the game, Mike told me he had just played his last game and I needed to work on a press conference for the following day (Memorial Day) in San Francisco. Two days I’ll never forget.”

On May 30, Schmidt held a second press conference, this one at home plate at Veterans Stadium for the Philadelphia media.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
June 1: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m., Section 111.
June 2: Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
June 5: Barnes & Noble, Valley Forge, PA, 6 p.m.
June 7: Costco, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

Zeros End

A lot of zeros were broken a day after the Phillies had zero hits.

KK, dating back to last August 6, was 0-10 as a starter. The Big Piece entered last evening’s game 0-17, Chooch, 0-14. KK picked up the 9-0 win after a 6-0 loss Sunday afternoon.

The Pig Piece broke out with 3 hits and 5 RBI, the most for him since 2012. When he’s driving in runs, the offense has a much different look. He was scuffling but he keeps on battling.

Chase Climbing
Everybody is focused on J-Roll’s chase for the franchise’s all-time record for hits, but Chase is climbing on such lists, too.

He reached 585 extra-base hits yesterday, tying former teammate, Bobby Abreu, for sixth place. Del Ennis is fifth, 634.

He also moved into seventh place on the all-time list for total bases, 2,542, passing Cy Williams. Richie Ashburn is sixth, 2,764.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,220)

Number of the Day
5—career pinch-hit home runs for Mayberry Jr., moving into a tie for fourth place on the Phillies all-time list with Gene Freese, Bill Nicholson and Chase Utley. Five are tied for third place with six. Cy Williams’ 9 leads.

Tweet of the day yesterday
From Mario Hollands: “Thanks to the men and women that protect our country. Happy Memorial Day.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 5-4 at Norfolk . . . RF Tyler Henson, 4th HR; SS Ronny Cedeno, 1st, a 3-run blast . . . WP: Barry Enright (3-2) . . . SV: Ken Giles (3).

Reading lost, 9-0, at Akron, getting only 3 hits . . . LF Cameron Perkins, league-leading 18th double was 1 of the hits.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood lost, 4-0, at Greensboro . . . 1B Willians Astudillo, extended hitting streak to 10 games . . . SS J. P. Crawford, club-high 14th double.

This Date
May 27, 1986: LHP Steve Carlton makes his 666th start to break LHP Warren Spahn’s NL record in a 6-2 win over San Francisco.

Check out http://www.phillies.com for more flashback moments and a photo of Jim Thome hitting his 400th HR.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
June 1: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m., Section 111.
June 2: Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
June 5: Barnes & Noble, Valley Forge, PA, 6 p.m.
June 7: Costco, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

Rookie Saves Weekend

A rookie wins his major league debut for the Phillies who are shutout twice in the other 3 weekend games, getting just 3 hits on Friday night and being no-hit yesterday by Beckett.

In all, the Phillies had 10 hits for the weekend, 7 coming Saturday afternoon when David Buchanan won. #55 was 5-1 in 9 AAA starts this year before going to the bigs. A year ago at AA Reading, he was 1-5 in 10 starts.

Beckett threw 128 pitches, 80 for strikes. He threw a first-pitch strike to 23 of the 30 batters he faced. It was the fifth no-hitter by a Dodgers pitcher against the Phillies: Dazzy Vance (1925), Sal Maglie (1956), Sandy Koufax (1964) and Bill Singer (1970). Josh and Sandy did it in Philadelpia.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,220)

Number of the Day
7—times the Phillies have been shutout this season, 5 in the last 10 home games.

Rockies Next
The team that leads the NL in hitting, runs, doubles, home runs, on-pace percentage nd slugging percentages is next on the home schedule, 3-game series starting tonight. Rockies are 16-7 Coors Field, 11-16 on the road.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley lost 2 of 3 to Toledo . . . Win 1-0 on Saturday–WP: Chris Bootcheck (1-0), first start off the DL; SV: Ken Giles (2) . . . C Cameron Rupp (5) and OF Leandro Castro (3) homered in 7-3 Friday loss.

Reading swept 3-game series in Akron, allowing a total of 3 runs . . . WPs: Tyler Knigge (2-0), Hector Neris (2-0) and Ryan Demmin (1-0) . . . Nefi Ogando, 2 saves, giving him 6 in his last 7 games . . . SS Edgar Duran 6-16, including 1st HR.

Clearwater lost 4 of 5 on the road . . . Win came Sunday, Adam Loewen (1-0); 3rd save for Jordon Guth, snapping a 9-game losing streak . . . INF KC Serna, 9-17.

Lakewood dropped 2 of 3 in West Virginia . . . WP on Saturday, Drew Anderson (3-4) . . . OF Sam Hiciano, 6-12; hitting .361 in last 10 games . . . 1B-C Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 9 games.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: 1B Travis Lee (39), 1B Ricky Jordan (49) . . . Tuesday: Jim Vatcher (49) . . . Wednesday: SS Steve Jeltz (55), LHP Bob Kuzava (91) . . . Thursday: LHP Trevor Miller (41), RHP Toby Borland (45), 3B Charlie Hayes (49) . . . Friday: LHP Scott Eyre (42), MGR John Felske (72) . . . Saturday: OF Kenny Lofton (47).

This Date
May 26, 1990: Mike Schmidt’s #20 is retired in pre-game ceremonies as Phillies lose, 12-3, to Atlanta before 56,789.

May 26, 2008: Phillies set a Citizens Bank Park record for runs in a game, blasting Colorado, 20-5. 2B Chase Utley drives in six runs.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
June 1: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m., Section 111.
June 2: Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
June 5: Barnes & Noble, Valley Forge, PA, 6 p.m.
June 7: Costco, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

Weekend With LA

Marlon hit a monster homer to cap a 3-run eighth and tie the game. But, the Marlins did what they do best at home, a walk-off win in the ninth yesterday afternoon. Miami is 19-6 in their own yard. Of their last 6 wins there, 4 have been walk-off celebrations.

J-roll passed Richie Ashburn for career hits and is now 17 shy of passing Mike Schmidt for the top spot. Next 11 games are at home. Will he do it in front of the home crowd?

After the game, the Phillies took a Delta charter home where they face the Dodgers in a weekend series. LA comes to town with the best road record in the league, 16-10. Dodgers have scored the third most runs, committed the second highest number of errors and their pitchers have recorded the most strikeouts.

Number of the Day
0–Number of former Phillies on the Dodgers roster.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley dropped a 9-4 decision to Toledo . . . 2 hits: CF Tyson Gillies, 1B Jim Murphy, LF Steve Susdorf, SS Ronny Cedeno.

Reading’s 6-game winning streak ended, 3-1, to New Hampshire . . . LF Cameron Perkins had 2 of Reading’s 3 hits, one his 17th double, and drove in the lone run, 28th RBI.

Clearwater’s losing streak reached 6 games, 6-4 at St. Lucie. SS Roman Quinn is 4-14 in 3 games since returning from the DL.

Lakewood won, 10-9, at West Virginia . . . HR: 2B Andrew Pullin (5), LF Sam Hiciano (4) . . . WP: Yacksel Rios (1-0) . . . SV: Cody Forsythe (7).

This Date
May 23, 1991: RHP Tommy Greene pitches no-hitter at Montreal, 2-0, before 8,833. He walks seven and strikes out 10.

May 24, 1935: Phillies lose first night game in major league baseball history, 2-1, at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. Game time: 1:35. Attendance for the historic game, 20,422.

May 24, 1999: For the first time in team history, the Phillies have the same-name battery, RHP Joel Bennett and C Gary Bennett. Phillies win, 5-4, over Montreal.

May 25, 2011: Longest game in Citizens Bank Park, Phillies edge Cincinnati, 5-4, in 19 innings. INF Wilson Valdez pitches the 19th inning and gets the win, first position player in Phillies history to record a win.

J-Roll Ties Whitey

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If KK was going to break his personal 9-game losing streak, it would come against the Marlins. After all, he’d won 10 in row over Miami, longest streak by any current pitcher against one team. Well, the 10-winning streak ended but the losing streak reached 10 games (16 starts) last night.

Matt Beech lost 11 straight, 8/13/96-8/2/97. Club record for consecutive losses is 12 shared by Russ Miller (1928), Hugh Mulcahy (1940) and Ken Reynolds (1972).

Rubber game of the series, 12:40 this afternoon.

Catching Whitey
J-Roll tied Richie Ashburn (photo above, courtesy National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum) for second place on the club’s all-time list for hits. Whitey broke Ed Delahanty’s 58-year-old record (2,211) on September 19, 1959 with a seventh-inning single off the first base bag in a 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at Connie Mack Stadium.  At the end of that season, Ashburn’s final one with the Phillies, he had 2,217 hits.  Mike Schmidt broke Ashburn’s record 30 years later.

Tweet of the Day
Jayson Stark, ESPN.com: “Kind of cool that Jimmy Rollins is going to pass Richie Ashburn in Phillies hits & Dick Allen in Phillies HRs in the same week.”

Number of the Day
0—Wins on 7 Wednesdays, including 1 rain out. Only 17 more Wednesdays remain for the season.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 12-18)
Pitcher – RHP Barry Enright, Lehigh Valley … 1 G, CG, 1-0, 1.00 ERA (1 ER, 9.0 IP), BB, 4 H, 2 SO … The complete game, 5/15 vs SWB, was the 4th of his professional career and only the 6th 9.0-inning CG in LV franchise history … Has gone 7.0 innings or more while allowing 2 ER or less in each of his last 2 starts (1.69 ERA) … Originally selected by Arizona in the 2nd round of the June 2007 draft, Enright was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent, 1/24/14.

Player – OF Cameron Perkins, Reading … 6 G … Batted .412 (7-17), .583 OBP, .529 SLG %, 3 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 7 BB … Perkins is honored as Phillies Minor League Player of the week for the 2nd time this season (other: 5/3-13) and 4th time in his professional career … He ranks 1st in the Eastern League in doubles (15), 3rd in OBP (.419), 4th in batting (.346) and 6th in OPS (.915) … The 23-year-old Perkins was selected in the 6th round of the June 2012 draft out of Purdue University and signed by Nate Dion.

Lehigh Valley was not scheduled.

Reading won sixth in a row, 7-6, over New Hampshire, getting only 7 hits. CF Aaron Altherr, 3rd HR. LF Cameron Perkins, 0-4, but 3 RBI (infield grounders). WP: Mike Nesseth (1-3). SV: Tyler Knigge (3); extended scoreless inning streak to 15 innings . . . Alarm Clocks Needed: Starting May 11, Fightin Phils played seven straight games with seven different starting times.

Clearwater lost its’ fifth in a row, 6-3, at St. Lucie. 2 hits: 1B Art Charles, CF Pete Lavin.

Lakewood was idle.

This Date
Courtesy of broadandpattison.com: May 22, 1952–Pitcher Curt Simmons hits an inside-the-park home run against the Pirates, the last time a Phillies pitcher accomplished that feat.

Cherry Hill Tonight
Will be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk, tonight at Barnes & Noble at the Cherry Hill Mall. Starting time: 6:30 p.m. (You were expecting 6:30 a.m.?). Hope you have time to stop by.

Next signing date: June 1, Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

HOF Classic

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Six Hall of Famers and representatives of all 30 clubs will be participating in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Classic game on this Saturday afternoon. The game will be played at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. Details can be found at http://www.baseballhall.org.

Representing the Phillies will be Marlon Anderson (above image). Other Phillies Alumni include Jim Thome (Indians), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Jeff Conine (Marlins), Todd Jones (Tigers) and Mike Sweeney (Royals).

The Classic is one of many highlights in the year-long 75th anniversary of the museum.

For more Alumni news and notes, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni and look for the cool photo of Moyer and Lefty.

Goin’ Fishing
Tonight, tomorrow night and Thursday afternoon in Miami comprise the Phillies last road trip this month.

The Phillies are one of five NL teams with a winning record on the road, granted it is only 11-10. At home, 8-12, a number that needs to be turned around.

Guess who has the best home record and worst road record in the NL If you guessed the Marlins, you win a fishing rod. They are 17-5 at home, 6-17 on the road.

After Thursday, the Phillies return home to face the Dodgers for three, Rockies for three and Mets for five. Yep, five with NY. A rained out game in April was rescheduled for June 2. That’s a string of 20 games in 20 days.

Number of the Day
72: the number of consecutive games the Phillies will play against the NL, starting tonight. They are 18-14 against the NL.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 8-4, at Buffalo. WP: Rowland-Smith; LP: G. Smith (4-1) . . . 3 LV HR: Darin Ruf (1), Maikel Franco (4), Leandro Castro (2).

Reading won the first game of a DH vs. New Hampshire, 5-3, 7 innings. WP: Perci Garner (4-2); SV: Tyler Knigge (2). 2B Albert Cartwright, 2 hits, including first HR . . . Carwright had 2 more hits in the second game, a 3-2, 8-inning win. Winning run scored on a walk-off 1B by Anthony Phillips. WP: Austin Wright (2-0). Reading has won 4 in a row.

Clearwater lost, 7-6, in 12 innings at Port Charlotte on a bases-loaded walk. 1B Art Charles, 3 hits. C Gabriel Lino, 2 hits, 2 RBI. RF Brian Pointer, 3rd HR, 2 RBI.

Lakewood bowed,4-3, to the Rome Braves . . . DH Willians Astudillo, 2-4, boosting average to .359 . . . 1B Wilmer Oberto, 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Thursdy Night Live<a
Book signing at Barnes & Noble, Cherry Hill, NJ, starting at 6:30. I’ll be signing my new book, If These Walls Could Talk. Hope to see you there. PS: I love chocolate ice cream!

Weekend Rewind

KK’s spin continued, Cole finally hit the century mark, J-Roll passed Big Ed and the bats came out of hibernation. That’s the weekend in review.

In KK’s last 15 starts (0-9 record) dating back to last August, the Phillies have been shut out 5 times and scored 1 run 3 times. Shutout #5 came Friday night.

Cole got his 100th win as the Phillies scored 12 times Saturday night, their highest outburst since 14 runs on opening day. Cole also moved ahead of Jim Bunning into third place on the Phillies list of double-digit strike out games, his 25th. Ahead are Curt Schilling (48) and Steve Carlton (70).

J-Roll got his 2,212nd hit in that game, passing Hall of Fame OF Ed Delahanty for third place on the Phillies all-time list. Next is Richie Ashburn (2,217). Sunday, J-Roll added to his record with his 46th lead-off home run, fourth most in baseball history. Craig Biggio is third (53).

In 9 losses this month, the Phillies scored a total of 16 runs. Then in 2 weekend wins, 20 runs, their biggest 2-game total of the season. And, they hit 6 home runs in the 2 wins. Can anyone figure out this game?

From Elias Sports Bureau
Cole is the fifth pitcher since 1900 with 10 or more strikeouts, 3 or fewer hits allowed in a century-mark win, joining Justin Verlander (August, 2011), Chuck Finley (May, 1995), Don Sutton (September, 1972) and Dean Chance (June, 1968).

Number of the Day
333—Cody’s batting average this month.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Turk Wendell (47), C Alan Knicely (59), LHP Curt Simmons (85) . . . Tuesday: INF Wilson Valdez (36) . . . Wednesday: INF Bob Molinaro (64) . . . Thursday: RHP Jose Mesa (48) . . . Saturday: OF Rob Ducey (49) . . . Sunday: 1B Randall Simon (39), 3B Dave Hollins (48).

Minor League Review (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won 1 of 3, a 2-1 decision at Buffalo on Saturday when 1B Jim Murphy hit a solo HR (6th) in the ninth. WP: Ken Giles (2-0); SV: Cesar Jimenez (2) . . . David Buchanan (5-1) lost yesterday, giving up 4 runs in first inning, throwing 45 pitches.

Reading won 2 of 3 vs. Bowie . . . 1B Brock Stassi, 2 HR, 3 RBI . . . LF Cameron Perkins, 4-9, 14th 2B, 4 RBI . . . Wins: Severino Gonzalez (4-3) and Hoby Milner (3-2) . . . Nefi Ogando, 2 saves; 3 in last 3 outings.

Clearwater won 1 of 3 at Port Charlotte . . . 2-1 decision on Friday for Lee Ridenhour (1-3) with 2nd SV for Jordan Guth.

Lakewood won 3 of 4 . . . Mark Leiter (4-3), Drew (Anderson) and Ranti Casimiro (2-4) picked up wins as starters . . . 1B-DH Willians Astudillo, 5-12, 7 RBI; hitting .354 . . . OF Sam Hiciano, 6-12, 3 RBI . . . 2B Andrew Pullin, 6-16, 4 RBI.

This Date
May 19, 1979: The idea of Phillies wearing all-burgundy uniforms on Saturdays starts and ends on this date, a 10-5 loss to Montreal. RHP Jim Lonborg kidded LF Greg Luzinski, “Bull, you look like a big grape.”

Book Signing
Will be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk) Thursday at Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill, NJ. Starting time is 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.

For a list of my signing dates, visit http://www.triumphbooks.com.

Reds Weekend

Shibe Park Lights

May 16, 1939: The Philadelphia Athletics played the first American League night game at Shibe Park, losing to the Cleveland Indians, 8-3.

The photo, courtesy of Bob Warrington, was taken by Westinghouse, the company that installed the lights. Officials from Westinghouse, the A’s and A.L. are on the field assessing it if is sufficiently well illuminated to play a major league.

The Phillies were part of the very first night game in the majors, May 24, 1935, playing the Reds in Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. The Reds won, 2-1.

Up until this era, all games were day games.

Reds Weekend
Like the Phillies, the Reds are under .500 for the season. Cincinnati split a DH against San Diego yesterday and begins a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park starting tonight.

Philly connection on the Reds includes Alfredo Simon, who was originally signed by the Phillies on July 2, 1999, out of the Dominican Republic and spare outfielder Roger Bernardino. 3B Todd Frazier follows Mike Trout as another south Jersey product in the majors. Frazier’s from Toms River, NJ.

Phillies took 2 of 3 here almost exactly a year ago, May 17-18-19. The Reds swept a 3-game series at home a month earlier.

Number of the Day
11: Phillies and Diamondbacks have the most triples in the NL.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won its 5th in a row, 7-1, over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . Barry Enright, 9-inning complete game, 4 hits . . . CF Tyson Gillies, 4th 2-hit game in last 8 . . . LF Steve Susdorf, 3 hits, 3 RBI . . . Back from the DL: C Cameron Rupp and SS Andres Blanco.

Reading was idle.
Clearwater lost its 6th straight, allowing 2 in the top of the 9th, a 6-5 decision to Jupiter . . . 5 different players had 2 hits . . . 3B Harold Martinez and RF Nick Ferdinand, 2 RBI each . . . No decision: Miguel Gonzalez, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, in first rehab outing.

Lakewood was rained out at Hagerstown.

Pitch Count
Came across the following story on ESPN.com:
A high school baseball player in Washington State threw 194 pitches over 14 innings Tuesday before being removed in the 15th inning of his team’s eventual 1-0 victory in its district tournament. Rochester High School starting pitcher Dylan Fosnacht struck out 17 and was pulled in the top of the 15th after the first two batters reached base. Dustin Wilson, who had been playing catcher, finished the 17-inning win over La Center High School and then pitched all seven innings of Rochester’s second game that day, a 5-3 victory over Elma High School.
In Cole’s last start in New York, he threw a career high 133 pitches, well short of Fosnacht’s abnormal number.
Hall of Famer Robin Roberts believed in throwing and throwing and throwing. Pitch count didn’t exist in his time. He took the ball every fourth day and in between, he’d pitch batting practice.

Robbie once pitched all 17 innings, giving up 18 hits, 6 runs while walking 3 and striking out 5. The following is an excerpt from my book, If These Walls Could Talk: “We won the game when Del Ennis hit a home run into the upper deck off Bob Chipman,” he remembered. “We didn’t count pitches back then so I don’t know how many I threw. I do know I pitched better in the second game (last eight innings) than I did in the first game,” he chuckled. “I always took a hot shower and ran hot water on my arm. I was told one time that it would increase circulation. I did the same thing my whole career. It’s hard to say that was right and the ice they use today is wrong.”

Something else that didn’t exist in Robbie’s day was Tommy John surgery for pitchers. This year, the number is something like 20 that have or are having the surgery. Throwing and running and more running were part of the pitchers’ routine 50 some years ago. Today, its nutrition and weight room and a lot more elbow injuries.

Asked Johnny Podres once, “What was different in your day when there weren’t as many arm injuries?” He took a long drag on a cigarette and responded, “We drank more beer.”

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