J-Roll Nears #3

J-Roll is just 2 hits shy of moving into third place on the Phillies all-time list, passing Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty.

Delahanty, an outfielder, was the leader when his Phillies career ended in 1901, 2,211. His record lasted for 58 years, September 19, 1959, to be precise, when Richie Ashburn became the new leader.  (Various publications/online sites list various totals for Ed’s Phillies career.  Elias Sports Bureau confirmed 2,211 is correct).

Ed was the eldest and most talented of five brothers who played in the majors . . . Played for the Phillies, 1888-1889; 1891-1901, 1,544 games . . . Death came at age 35 when he was swept over Niagara Fall during 1903 season. Reports varied as to whether he fell or jumped . . . Elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee, 1945 . . . Inducted posthumously into the Wall of Fame in 1985 . . . First hit: unavailable . . . Last hit: According to Elias Sports Bureau, October 2, 1901, in the first game of a doubleheader played in Cincinnati; a single.

Next in J-Roll’s sight is Richie Ashburn who sits in second place with 2,217 hits. Mike Schmidt is #1, 2,234.

Trout Noise
If you hear a loud cheer for Mike Trout tonight, the noise is coming from his hometown fans in Millville, NJ.

Baseball’s best all-around young baseball star will be playing with the Angels in the short interleague series (day game tomorrow). It’s the same park in which Mike watched Phillies game as a youngster.

Nearly 4,000 fans will be in the stands as part of Millville Night. The town’s high school marching band will perform, the school’s choral ensemble will sing the National Anthem and Mayor Michael Santiago will throw out the first ball.

Mike is part of a Philly connection on the Angels. Manager Mike Scioscia hails from Sprngfield (Del. Co.) high school. Raul Ibanez and John MacDonald formerly wore pinstripes as players.

Number of the Day
1: Wins the Phillies have against the Angels in 6 interleague games.

Not His Year
Freddy Galvis is having a tough year. First, hospitalization in spring training because of MRSA infection, then a woeful start as a hitter and now the DL after breaking his left collarbone sustained Sunday in Lehigh Valley.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley defeated Gwinnett, 4-2. LF Darin Ruf, first AAA game, 1-3, BB, RBI . . . Ethan Martin, also his first AAA rehab game, 1 IP, 2 SO . . . WP: Ken Giles (1-0) . . . SV: Justin DeFratus (2), getting 3 outs on 7 pitches.

Reading was 3-2 winner at New Hampshire . . . 1B Brock Stassi, 2nd HR, 2 RBI . . . WP: Hoby Milner (2-2) . . . SV: Nefi Ogando (1).

Clearwater lost, 3-1, to Jupiter . . . LP: Colin Kleven (1-4).

Lakewood was blanked, 2-0, on 2 doubles at Delmarva. SS J.P. Crawford extended hitting streak to 13 games, boosting his average from .282 to .336.

This Date
May 13, 1958:RHP Robin Roberts sets club record with his 191st win, 5-2, over Milwaukee at Connie Mack Stadium. RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, previous record holder, won his 190th game in 1917.

May 13, 1960: 2B Tony Taylor acquired from the Cubs in a 4-player trade.

May 13, 1986: RHP Larry Andersen is released. 3 days later, he signs with the Astros.

May 13, 1997: RHP Garrett Stephenson makes major league debut and strikes out the first five batters, a Phillies record for a rookie. Phillies win, 3-2, over St. Louis as Stephenson fans 12 in seven innings.

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