Nightmarish 7th

Just think, the Phillies first game was May 1, 1883. Now, 131 years later, we’ll be playing our 20,000th game tonight in Toronto on May 8. Only 3 other clubs have played that many games, Cubs, Braves and Giants.

Did you know the Phillies once had the nickname, Blue Jays? Well, it happened 70 years ago. Check out the story at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Nightmarish Inning
Through 6 innings last night Cliff trailed, 1-0, in a brisk 1:30. By the time a long 7th inning ended, the Blue Jays scored 9 and hit 3 homers. 2 came off Cliff who had allowed only 3 in 54 innings before then. Cliff fell to 2-5 at Rogers Centre, lowest winning percentage for any of the 33 parks in which he’s pitched (minimum 5 starts).

Toronto has won 7 in a row against the Phillies.

Number of the Day
0—Phillies wins on 5 Wednesdays this season.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 3-2, at Charlotte in 11 innings. 2B Reid Brignac’s homer was the game-winner . . . WP: Seth Rosin (1-1) . . . SV: Luis Garcia (6). Hasn’t allowed a run in 11 appearances (13.2 innings).

Reading defeated Portland, 8-3 . . . 5 different players had multiple hits . . . 2 RBI each for CF Aaron Altherr and 2B Albert Cartwright . . . WP: Hoby Milner (1-2).

Clearwater lost, 6-3, at Dunedin . . . CF Pete Lavin, 4th HR . . . LP: Brody Colvin (0-2) . . . RHP Ethan Martin, scoreless 5th inning in 2nd rehab appearance . . . Darin Ruf begins rehab assignment tonight.

Lakewood lost, 10-2, to Kannapolis . . . SS J.P. Crawford, 2-5, 7th-8th 2B, 1 RBI . . . LP: Drew Anderson (1-2).

Condolences
OF Mel Clark, who played for the Phillies in 1951-55, died last week in West Columbia, WV. He was 87. Condolences are extended to his family.

This Date
May 8 is very slim for Phillies Plashback moments. But, it gets filled today.

Book Time
My book, If These Walls Could Talk, is now available in book stores and online. At Citizens Bank Park, it is on sale in the Majestic Clubhouse store. Chapter 14: features stories on uniform numbers worn in Phillies history.

Book signings are multiplying. The first is May 16 at the Myerstown (PA) High School Alumni Reunion. I have a friendly diploma from there (1956). Oldest Alumnus is dad, a 1935 grad who is 98 years young. No, he won’t have to buy the book.

First public event is May 22 at the Barnes & Noble store in the Cherry Hill (NJ) Mall. That starts at 6:30 p.m.

More signings information will be posted as we get closer to the various dates.

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