Extra-base Hit Feast
Bench bats did the damage as the Phillies swept the Padres in the drizzle yesterday afternoon.
Mayberry Jr. started at first against a lefty, hit two doubles and a homer and drove in three runs. They were the first extra-base hits for him as a starter. As a pinch-hitter, he has a pair of doubles and three home runs. Over his last 15 games, five doubles, four homers 12 RBI.
Brignac, fresh from a walk-off homer the game before, doubled in two runs as a pinch-hitter to give the Phillies the lead in the sixth inning.
J-Roll needs two more hits to supplant Mike Schmidt for the most hits in Phillies history.
Cool that he’s about to break the record in front of the home fans this weekend. That said, I hope I didn’t jinx him.
Remember when Pete Rose broke Stan Musial’s NL record for hits at the Vet. Pete said there was no pressure, “It was going to happen sometime. There’s pressure during a hitting streak.”
Number of the Day
1,125: Games started by Chase and J-Roll, most in baseball among double-play combos. That’s amazing.
Reading Fightin Phils
Reliever Ken Giles began this season in Reading. Yesterday, all eyes in the Reading clubhouse were glued to the TV when Giles made his big league debut.
Last night was the night Jim Bunning was to be inducted into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame and have his Reading number (14) retired. Rain forced the pre-game ceremony to take place in the Weston Center’s Winning Smiles Stage behind the first base stands. Normally, it would have take place on the field.
Had a good night selling and signing my book. Met a lot of passionate and die-hard fans. Rain canceled me throwing out the first ball, which was OK. I probably would have needed Tommy John surgery after trying to reach home plate with a floater.
Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 2-8)
Pitcher – RHP, Brad Lincoln, Lehigh Valley … 2 G, 2-0, 0.00 ERA (13.0 IP), 4 BB, 4 H, 12 SO … Lincoln, who was also named International League Pitcher of the Week, allowed 8 base runners in 13.0 total innings (0.62 WHIP, 4 BB, 4 H) … Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the 1st round (4th overall) of the June 2006 draft, he was acquired from Toronto in exchange for C Erik Kratz and LHP Rob Rasmussen, 12/3/13.
Player – INF, Carlos Alonso, Reading … 6 G … Batted .480 (12-25), .552 OBP, .880 SLG %, 7 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 22 total bases … Alonso ended the week hitting safely in 10 of his last 11 games as he raised his average from .250 to .282 over that stretch … Selected by the Phillies in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Delaware, Alonso was signed by Paul Murphy.
Lehigh Valley was blanked on three singles at Rochester. LF Cameron Perkins has hit in eight of nine games since promotion to AAA.
Reading was postponed because of rain.
Clearwater swept a DH in Tampa . . . 8-5 first game. 2B K.C. Serna grand slam; WP: Colin Kleven (2-7) . . . 3-0 second game. WP: Ethan Stewart (3-6); SV: Lino Martinez (2).
Lakewood won, 3-1, over Hickory. 1B Willians Astudillo, 16th double, 2 RBI (40). WP: Jon Prosinski (2-0); SV: Ulises Joaquin (5).
Williamsport hosts State College in season opener tonight.
June 13, 1997: A revolutionary idea in Major League Baseball came to fruition, as Interleague Play makes its debut. The Phillies face the Toronto Blue Jays in their first Interleague game. RHP Wayne Gomes makes his major league debut and wins in relief, 4-3.
June 14, 2004: 1B Jim Thome homers off RHP Juan Acevedo in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park for his historic 400th career HR. Phillies win, 10-7, over Cincinnati.
See a photo of this historic home run at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
June 15, 1949: 1B Eddie Waitkus, in his first year with the Phillies, is shot by 19-year-old Ruth Steinhagen in a Chicago hotel room. Critically injured, Waitkus misses the rest of the season, but recovers in time to help the Whiz Kids in 1950.
June 15, 1991: RHP Andy Ashby becomes the first and only Phillies pitcher of the century to strike out the side on nine pitches when he whiffs 1B Hal Morris, LF Todd Benzinger and C Jeff Reed in the fourth inning of a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati at the Vet.
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tonight: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5 p.m.