Weekend in Cincy

After being swept in Washington, scoring just six runs off three of the Nationals’ best pitchers, the Phillies jump out of the frying pan and into the fire tonight.

First weekend game in Cincinnati and they face Johnny Cueto. He’s only 5-4 you say. Well, he leads the league with a stingy 1.68 ERA, 92 strikeouts (91 innings) rank second and opposing hitters are batting .151 against him. Grab a bat.

Hey, it’s not all troubling news.

Cole is going for the Phillies. He’s 8-0 lifetime against the Reds, including a 12-1 pasting a Citizens Bank Park on May 17, the Phillies biggest outburst of the month.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,227)

Will J-Roll pass Michael Jack in Cincinnati? Three of his milestone hits have come against the Reds:
1,500—7th inning RBI single, 5/21/09, off Jared Burton at Cincinnati.
2,000—5th inning double, 9/4/12, off Matt Latos at Cincinnati.
2,212—1st inning single, 5/17/14, off Homer Bailey at Citizens Bank Park, passing Ed Delahanty for third place on the Phillies all-time list.

Number of the Day
5: Consecutive series the Phillies have lost in Nationals Park.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 10-9, to Louisville. HR: 3B Maikel Franco (5), P-PH Greg Smith (1).

Reading coughed up a 3-run lead in the ninth and a two-run lead in the 12th, losing on a two-out, three-run homer at Harrisburg, 8-7. 3 hits: 3B Carlos Alonso, CF Aaron Altherr, C Logan Moore.

Clearwater lost its fifth in a row, 9-2, at Palm Beach before a crowd of 322. SS Roman Quinn had three of Clearwater’s eight hits.

Lakewood was blanked on five hits, 4-0, at Delmarva.

Williamsport begins its season on June 13.

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 6, 1972: In the midst of a streak of 18 losses in 19 games, the Phillies tried to change their luck with “Turn it Around Day” at the Vet. The lineup was announced in reverse order, last names first. The seventh inning stretch took place in the third inning. The scoreboard welcomed groups not in attendance. Ushers wore their hats backwards with their nametags on their backs. It didn’t help, as the team dropped a 4-3 decision to Houston. Courtesy broadandpattison.com.

Draft Notes
Excerpts from my book, If These Walls Could Talk.

“The first ever summer draft took place in 1965 and Bowa, a skinny shortstop from Sacramento, CA, wasn’t selected. 824 amateur players were.”

“We had Luzinski number one on our list of prospects. Paul Owens had seen him play and wanted him badly. In the 1968 draft, we had the 11th selection in the first round. We’re in the Commodore Hotel in New York, seated at a round table. Sweating out the first 10 selections was surreal. The A’s, Astros, Yankees, Dodgers, Indians, Braves and Senators all made their selections and Luzinski was still on the board. The Orioles selected 10th and chose shortstop Junior Kennedy. We could breathe again.”

(1971 draft) “In the second round, the Phillies had the 30th pick. The White Sox had the 25th to start the round. Owens held his breath. Kansas City was 29th and when their turn came, they grabbed a third baseman who would become a Hall of Famer, George Brett. With the 30th pick, Owens was glad to announce Mike Schmidt’s name.”

I’ll be signing my book:

Tomorrow: Costco, 700 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5 p.m.

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