Marathon Finale

Will this Mets-Phillies marathon series ever end?

Five games in five days turned into a marathon and there’s still tonight to go. Will statistically wrap up the marathon tomorrow.

We do know the back-to-back 14-inning games on Friday and Saturday were the first in Phillies history for consecutive games of that length or longer. Never before in over 20,100 games had they done that. See, history was made.

We also know the Phillies won a Wednesday game despite their pitchers issuing nine walks in nine innings. Two days later, they won again with pitchers giving up 10 walks in 14 innings. Wonder how often that has happened.

We also know Cole pitched well again yesterday and came up empty again; moved into fourth place on the team’s all-time strikeout list, passing Curt Schilling. Want to know what is hard to believe? He is 2-12 over the last two years for April and May.

After tonight’s game the Phillies head for the 30th Street AMTRAK station to board a charter train for a ride south to Washington and a three-game series against the Nationals. Then a weekend of three games in Cincinnati.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,225)

Number of the Day
1,230: That’s how many games Ryan needed to reach 1,000 RBI, a milestone he achieved Saturday. 17 other active players have that many RBI but he’s the fastest to get there.

Minor League Report (weekend report)
Lehigh Valley lost 3 in Durham, getting 18 total hits, 16 singles. LF Leandro Castro had 2 doubles yesterday.

Reading lost 3 at Erie, 16 total hits, including solo homers from 2B Carlos Alonso, LF Albert Cartwright and SS Edgar Duran.

Clearwater won 1 of 3, a 1-0 Saturday decision over Bradenton with Miguel Nunez (2-3) tossing 6 shutout innings; 3 others followed up and completed the shutout. Art Charles RBI single in the first was one of 4 singles for the Threshers.

Lakewood was swept in a 3-game set with Delmarva; outscored, 31-3. C-1B-DH Willians Astudillo hit safely in all 3 games, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: OF Raul Ibanez (42) . . . Wednesday: INF Phil Linz (75), RHP Art Mahaffey (76) . . . Thursday: 1B Gene Schall (44) . . . Friday: RHP Steve Fireovid (57), INF Bud Harrelson (70) . . . Saturday: RHP Heathcliff Slocumb (48), 3B Don Money (67) . . . Sunday: RHP Kevin Gross (53), RHP Don Robinson (57), RHP Larry Colton (72).

This Date
June 2, 1949: Phillies hit five home runs in the eighth inning of a 12-3 win over Cincinnati at Shibe Park. C Andy Seminick hits two (three for the game), while LF Del Ennis, 3B Willie Jones and RHP Schoolboy Rowe hit one each.

June 2, 1998: Choosing first for the first time in club history, the Phillies select 3B Pat Burrell in the amateur free agent draft. The University of Miami slugger was later signed to a five-year, $8 million contract, highest amount ever given to an amateur player.

June 2, 2002: In an 18-3 win over the Florida Marlins, the Phillies score 10 runs in the first inning (first time since 8/7/75), led by Pat Burrell and 2B Marlon Anderson who had two hits apiece. RHP Robert Person launches a grand slam and three-run home run to become just the sixth Phillies pitcher to hit two home runs in a game.

New Alumni Feature
Take a look back at some of the memorable moments of Citizens Bank Park’s fourth season, 2008. Feature appears at

Book Signings
Thanks to all of you who showed up for yesterday’s book (If These Walls Could Talk) signing at Citizens Bank Park. I felt Phillies passion from each one of you. Smiles were abundant.

Other signings this month:
Tonight: Forwood Elementary School, 1900 Westminster Drive, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
Thursday: Barnes & Noble, 150 W. Swedesford Road, Devon, PA, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Costco, 700 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
CANCELED: Sunday, 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.

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