Before the Phillies begin a four-game series with the Marlins tonight, they will salute J-Roll for becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in hits on June 14, one of the great individual player moments in the history of Citizens Bank Park.
All fans will receive an 11 x 14 print featuring his record-breaking hit. Family and special guests will be part of the ceremonies which will begin about 6:50 p.m. Fans are urged to arrive early.
Boarding a plane for a tough road trip after a June 15 series loss to the Cubs, the Phillies were in fifth place, 6 ½ games. They returned from a 5-2 trip still in fifth but 5 out.
A.J. and Cole pitched brilliantly on Friday and Saturday, respectively, but only one win emerged, A.J.’s complete game. KK couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead yesterday so the trip ended with two losses. Lack of offense was the biggest culprit the last two games: 4 runs on 9 singles, 2 doubles and 20 strikeouts. One of the doubles and one of the singles came from Cole.
Cole fell to 2-4. A year ago on the exact date, he lost, falling to 2-11. Wherever the Phillies play on June 21, 2015, don’t send Cole to the mound.
Number of the Day
1: RBI by entire Phillies pitching staff and that one came on Friday night by A.J.
Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won Friday and lost next 2 . . . WP: Greg Smith (5-5); SV: Luis Garcia (12) . . . HR: OF Steve Susdorf (2), C Sebastian (3).
Reading lost all 3 at New Britain, extending losing streak to 6 . . . CF Aaron Altherr had a 14-game hitting streak snapped yesterday.
Clearwater won all 3 . . . Starters who won: Ethan Stewart (4-6); Ryan Demmin (2-1); SV: Lee Ridenhour (5-6); Lino Martinez (3) . . . DH Art Charles HR (4-5) including solo that won 1-0 game yesterday . . . RHP Aaron Nola makes his pro debut tonight at Lakeland.
Lakewood won 1 of 3 . . . OF Larry Greene, back from the DL, had a walk-off RBI single on Saturday and a pair of doubles yesterday.
Williamsport lost 5-3, 5-3, 9-3 . . . CF Cord Sandberg, 6-12, 2 doubles, HR (2), 2 RBI, SB; hitting .395 in all 10 season games.
Gulf Coast League Phillies won first 2 games of the season vs. Toronto . . . 3B Damek Tomscha, 5-7, including HR . . . Matt Hockenberry, Temple U. product, won his pro debut on Friday, 5 SO in 2.2 scoreless innings. SV: Brandon Leibrandt, 3 strikeouts in 3 scoreless innings . . . Jason Marquis, former big leaguer, won his first start Saturday, 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 7 SO.
June 23, 1971: RHP Rick Wise becomes the first pitcher ever to fire a no-hitter and hit two home runs in the game as he blanks Cincinnati, 4-0, at Riverfront Stadium. 3B John Vukovich snares Pete Rose’s hard liner to end the game.
June 23, 1973: LHP Ken Brett sets a major league record for pitchers when he hits a home run in four straight games (9th, 13th, 18th). The fourth homer comes in a 7-2 victory at Montreal.
June 23, 1986: Phillies destroy Chicago, 19-1, and set a modern league record with 15 extra-base hits and a new club record with 11 doubles. 2B Juan Samuel drives in six runs. LHP Shane Rawley (10-4) beats LHP Jamie Moyer (1-1).
June 23, 2012: Jim Thome hits his 609th home run and last with the Phillies, a walk-off blast to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over the Rays. It is his 13th career walk-off HR, breaking the major league record shared by Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx.
Today: LHP Jim Deshaies (54) . . . Tuesday: RHP Doug Jones (57), OF George Vukovich (58) . . . Wednesday: OF Michael Tucker (43), OF Don Demeter (79) . . . Thursday: RHP Manny Seoane (59) . . . Friday: C Johnny Estrada (38), OF Jeff Conine (48) . . . Saturday: RHP Mike Grace (50), RHP Gary Wagner (74) . . . Sunday: INF Bobby Morgan (88).
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
This Thursday at Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 100 Fitness Way, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.