June 2014

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.

Friday night?
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.

This Date
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.

Book Signings
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.

Walk-Off #2

Can you win the pitcher of the month honors with one win?

Well, Cole has given up one run in 22.2 innings this month, fanned 26, has a consecutive scoreless streak of 16.2 innings and one win. For the second straight game, he was brilliant, striking out 11. He has three double-digit strikeout games this season and two wins.

Brignac’s walk-off homer made a winner out of Pap and gave the Phillies back-to-back wins for the first time since they won three in a row, May 17-18; 20. It was his second WO HR; the other 9/13/10 vs. the Yankees while playing for the Rays.

But, the big news: a Wednesday win! 2-8 now.

Number of the Day
3: J-Roll needs that many hits to break Mike Schmidt’s all-time Phillies record (2,234).

Perfect Game Salute
Jim Bunning will be at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, the 50th anniversary of his Father’s Day perfect game against the Mets at Shea Stadium. You can read about his historic game at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Joining Jim on the field will be three that played in that game, 1B John Herrnstein, SS-LF Cookie Rojas and 3B Dick Allen.

Tonight, Jim will have his uniform number retired by the Reading Fightin Phils. He wore #14 when he managed the Reading Phillies in 1972. Game time is 7 p.m.

Mini-Camp
Aaron Nola, the number 1 selection in last week’s draft, is among the young prospects working out daily at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. 25 others selected in the draft that have signed or agreed to terms will be part of the mini-camp through Monday.

The Gulf Coast League Phillies begin their season the following day in Dunedin. Players assigned to Williamsport or any other minor league roster will depart the mini-camp on Sunday.

The Williamsport team left Clearwater on Tuesday, flying to Philadelphia and then bussing to Williamsport. The Crosscutters host State College in their season opener tomorrow night.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley was not scheduled.

Reading lost, 8-5, to New Britain. CF Aaron Altherr, single, first triple, fourth home run.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood crushed Hagerstown, 10-2. Mark Leiter (5-5) got the win. 2 hits, 2 RBI: DH Andrew Knapp, 1B Zach Green, LF Sam Hiciano . . . Cody Asche will begin a rehab assignment Friday night at Lakewood.

This Date
June 12, 1939: Phillies RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander is among the first group of players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. A large photo of the group is on display in the Cooperstown Gallery of the Hall of Fame Club at Citizens Bank Park.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tonight: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
Tomorrow night: 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.

Jimmy Milestone

Earlier this season J-Roll passed Ed Delahanty and Richie Ashburn on the Phillies all-time list for hits. Barring a blizzard or injury, he’ll pass Michael Jack Schmidt for the#1 position as he needs only five more hits.

This will be quite an accomplishment. We’ve had some terrific memorable moments during the first 10 years of Citizens Bank Park. As far as individual milestones, Jimmy moving into the top spot may be the top milestone. Ten years ago June 14, Thome hit his 400th career home run, certainly a monumental milestone.

What do Delahanty, Ashburn and Schmidt have in common? All are Hall of Famers. Will Jimmy join them in Cooperstown? If he keeps piling on more impressive numbers, who knows.

J-Roll’s first hit came on September 17, 2000, his first major league game: Wearing #29 and batting second, 3rd-inning triple off Florida’s Chuck Smith at Veterans Stadium.
Drew a walk in his first at-bat. Triple came in second AB.

Number of the Day
6—Shortstops who lead their clubs in career hits:
Luke Appling, Chicago White Sox (2,749)
Bert Campaneris, Oakland A’s (1,882)
Tony Fernandez, Toronto Blue Jays (1,583)
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees (3,370*)
Cal Ripken Jr, Baltimore Orioles (3,184)
Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers (3,142)
*Through June 9.
Source: Elias Sports Bureau

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 3-1, to Indianapolis, Greg Smith (4-5) losing his fifth in a row. He gave up three runs on three hits in the first inning but the LV offense couldn’t muster any kind of offense. LF Steve Susdorf, 2 hits, lone RBI.

Reading ended a five-game losing streak, 8-5, over Richmond on RF Peter Lavin’s three-run double in the eighth inning.

Clearwater blanked Daytona, 2-0, behind Ryan Demmin (1-0) and fifth save for Jordan Guth. INF Brandon Short, first HR. Threshers won back-to-back games for the first time since May 5-6, matching their longest winning streak.

Lakewood fell to 1-10 vs. Hagerstown with a 5-3 setback in 12 innings. RF Dylan Cozens, 8th home run, matching LV’s Jim Murphy for the most in the Phillies minor leagues.

Williamsport begins its season on Friday hosting State College;

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 10, 1972: To change their luck, Phillies wear blue road uniforms at home only to lose to Atlanta, 15-3. The blue road uniforms never appeared again at the Vet.

June 10, 1975: 3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off a public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from home plate. Schmidt settles for a single off LHP Claude Osteen in the Phillies’ 12-0 win.

June 10, 1981: Another great moment in Vet history. 1B Pete Rose needs two hits to surpass Stan Musial as the all-time NL hit leader. Rose singles in his first at-bat against Houston RHP Nolan Ryan, who then strikes out Pete the next three at-bats. Phils win, 5-4, before 57,386. Two days later, players go on strike until August, eliminating 55 games.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

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.
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.

J-Roll Nearing All-time Record

Another Cole classic against the Reds, another controversial home plate video review and another game in which the offense couldn’t duplicate a May 17 bashing against a certain pitcher. Say hello to a lost weekend series in Cincinnati.

Cole ‘s now 9-0 against the Reds, including the postseason. The offense chased Cueto who hadn’t allowed more than two runs in six home starts. That was Friday. If we could play the Reds more often and Cole could pitch against them, we’d be in better shape. How can you explain why he dominates the Reds and the Mets dominate him. Strange game.

Saturday the Phillies had runners throw out at home plate in consecutive innings. Wonder how many times that’s happened. One featured MLB’s new anti-collision rule, a rule with apparently different interpretations. Ryne asked for a replay but someone sitting in a New York studio ruled the play was correct as called. When Ryne stepped out of the dugout to question the decision, he was automatically ejected, a new review rule. Geez, a manager can’t even get into a face-to-face screaming match with an umpire anymore. Heated arguments and home plate collisions are now a dinosaur. That’s progress?

Yesterday, one runner thrown out a home plate in a 4-1 loss. Buchanan gave up all four runs in one inning. Bailey, whom the Phillies battered (seven hits, six runs in 3.2 innings) on May 17, allowed one run on six singles this time. And, he drove in the go-ahead runs.

Back home to face the San Diego Padres tomorrow and Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoon. History is about to be made sometime this week at Citizens Bank Park as J-Roll needs only five more hits to break Mike Schmidt’s all-time Phillies record (2,234). Both were second round picks in the draft. How about that!

Number of the Day
9: Wins the Phillies have this season against the NL west in 16 game.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won two of three with Sean O’Sullivan (3-5) and Brad Lincoln (3-3) getting the wins. O’Sullivan helped his own cause with a two-run double. Lincoln’s last two starts, 13 innings, four hits, no runs, 12 strikeouts. Loss came yesterday to Indianapolis’ Vance Worley, who was 3-3 as a hitter includng a two-run homer. LF Cameron Perkins has hit in all six games (.318) since promotion from AA.

Reading saw its losing streak reach five games by dropping three to Richmond and scoring just four total runs.

Clearwater ended a seven-game losing streak yesterday with its first win this month, 8-7, over Daytona. In the four previous losses, three were walk-off jobs in Palm Beach. Yesterday came close as Daytona scored all seven in the eighth. SS Roman Quinn, 8-17 for the weekend.

Lakewood swept a three-game series in Delmarva. C-1B Willians Astudillo has hit safely in 24 of his lat 25 games. His 37 RBI lead the organization. Special night at Lakewood tonight as the BlueClaws will retire Cole Hamels’ number 19.

Williamsport begins its season on Friday hosting State College;

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 9, 1982: Steve Carlton (7-6) sets a club record for most strikeouts by a LHP in a nine-inning game by fanning 16 Cubs in a 4-2 win at the Vet. Lefty fanned Ryne Sandberg four times.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tomorrow, 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.
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.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Tom Edens (53), OF Doug Clemens (75) . . . Tuesday: CF Kevin Flora (45) . . . Wednesday: 2B Dave Cash (66), 1B Frank Thomas (85) . . . Saturday: RHP Jerry Spradlin (47) . . . Sunday: C Erik Kratz (34).

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.

Spin Continues

The spin continues. On May 4, the Phillies were 15-14. Since then, 9-19. Stopping the snow ball from getting bigger is difficult. Got to grind it out every day and keep battling.

AJ carried a four-game winning streak over the Nationals into last night’s game but saw that streak end and his career record fall to 9-4 against them.

Mayberry Jr. hit his third pinch-homer this season, the 13th player in club history. Previous one was Russ Gload in 2010. On the Phillies all-time list, John’s tied for third place with Gavvy Cravath, Ryan Howard, Kevin Jordan, Rick Joseph and Del Unser with six.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,226)

Number of the Day
5: Phillies record for most pinch-hit home runs in a season, set in 1959 by Gene Freese and matched 50 years later by Matt Stairs.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 4-2, to Louisville. 2B Tyler Henson, fifth HR.

Reading dropped a 5-4 decision at Harrisburg as the Senators scored a single run in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. 2 hits, RB: RF Peter Lavin, CF Aaron Altherr.

Clearwater lost, 4-3, at Palm Beach, giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth with two out–walk, two wild pitches, passed ball, three singles.

Lakewood and Greensboro traded shutouts, 1-0 and 2-0. Julio Reyes (1-2) and Ulises Joaquin (3rd save) combined on the 2-0 win. 1B Willians Astudillo’s 18-game hitting streak ended in the first game.

Williamsport begins its season on June 13.

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

Alumni Notes
Reading Fightin Phils will retire Jim Bunning’s uniform number (14) prior to the 7:05 p.m. Thursday, June 12, game against New Britain. Bunning wore that number when he managed Reading in 1972.

Charlie Manuel will be roasted at the annual Alumni Luncheon For Senior Citizens, Friday noon, August 8, in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets can be purchased on Phillies.com. Charlie will be inducted into the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame the next night.

Cam Bedrosian, son of Steve Bedrosian, former Phillies pitcher, has been recalled by the Angels. Like dad, Cam is a relief pitcher.

This Date
June 5, 1948, 1st game: CF Richie Ashburn ties the modern NL rookie record by hitting safely in 23 straight games in a 6-5 win at Chicago. The record was set in 1921 by another Phillie, 3B Goldie Rapp.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk) six more times this month:

Tonight: Barnes & Noble, 150 W. Swedesford Road, Devon, PA, starting at 6 o’clock.
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, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
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.

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Blanked In DC

J. Zimmermann tossed eight shutout innings and R. Zimmerman returned from the DL, moved from 3B to LF and collected two doubles. They led the host Nationals to an easy 7-0 win last night.

Meanwhile, the Phillies offense went zzzzzzz, shutout for the eighth time, seven in the last 27 games. One double was included among their six hits.

It doesn’t get any easier tonight with Strasburg, Washington’s ace, on the mound.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,226)

Number of the Day
2: Teammates still playing from Rollins’ September 2000 debut, Bobby Abreu and Randy Wolf.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 6-3, to Louisville, collecting 11 hits, all singles, three by SS Tyler Henson.
Notes: LF Darin Ruf (0-3) left the game after sliding into the LF wall, left wrist sprain and right knee laceration . . . OF Cameron Perkins was promoted from Reading (1-4) . . . RHP Shawn Camp has rejoined LV from Clearwater.

Reading ended a four-game losing streak, 5-1, at Harrisburg. 2B Carlos Alonzo, single, two doubles, 5th HR, 2 RBI. WP: Hoby Milner (4-2).
Notes: OF Anthony Hewitt and Clearwater OF Peter Lavin switched teams.

Clearwater was held to four hits in bowing to Bradenton, 7-1.

Lakewood ended a five-game losing streak by downing Greensboro, 8-4. 2B Andrew Pullin, 2 doubles, 4 RBI. DH Andrew Knapp, single, triple, 3 RBI. 1B Willians Astudillo stretched hitting streak to 18 games. WP: Drew Anderson (4-4).

Williamsport begins its season on June 13.

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 4, 2013: John Mayberry Jr. becomes the first player in MLB history to hit two extra-inning homers, a game-tying solo homer in the 10th and a walk-off grand slam in the 11th. Phillies beat Marlins, 7-3.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk) six more times this month:
Tomorrow: 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. to 7 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

57-Inning Series is History

The marathon Mets series is over…finally. The five-game series literally turned into six games when you take into account back-to-back 14-innng games and one that took 11 innings.

Here’s a statistical summary:
20 hours, 36 minutes: how long it took to play five games.
45: total number of runs
45: appearances by relievers
52: walks, 33 by Phillies pitchers
57: innings
113: strikeouts
1,856: pitches thrown

Each team used roster moves to bring two fresh pitchers to the series.

Mets won the series, 4-1, despite hitting .219 with runners in scoring position while the Phillies batted .281 in that area and out-homered NY, 5-4.

Mets return for their last four games at Citizens Bank Park this season, August 8-11, Alumni Weekend.

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

Number of the Day
12 Wins the Phillies have on the road in 24 games. At home, 12-19.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 26-31)
Pitcher – RHP, Tyler Knigge, Reading … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 3.0 IP), 0 BB, 1 H, 4 SO … Has not allowed an earned run in his last 21 innings pitched.  During that span Knigge has allowed just 14 H and 4 BB while striking out 14.  Knigge’s streak earned him a promotion to Lehigh Valley on Sunday … The 6-foot-4 Oregon native was signed in the 12th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Lewis & Clark State College.
Player – OF, Leandro Castro, Lehigh Valley … 8 G … Batted .345 (10-29), .387 OBP, .448 SLG %, 4 R, 3 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB … Having hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games played going into tonight, Castro is batting .298 (20-67) in that span … The Dominican Republic native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on March 7, 2007.

Lehigh Valley won, 3-0, at Durham, a combined four-hitter by Brad Lincoln (2-3), BJ Rosenberg and Ken Giles (5th save). Ronny Cedeno, 2 RBI.

Reading was not scheduled.

Clearwater lost, 5-0, to Bradenton, getting three hits.

Lakewood lost, 10-6, to Greensboro, allowing five runs over final two innings. 1B Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a 2-run double, his 14th. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 doubles, giving him 14.

Williamsport begins its season on June 13.

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 3, 1972: Paul Owens, a member of the Phillies organization since 1956 and the club’s farm director since 1965, is promoted to General Manager, replacing John Quinn. Owens becomes the architect of the Phillies greatest era to that point: one world championship, two NL pennant-winners and five division titles.

June 3, 1978: Reserve IF Dave Johnson blasts a game-winning, pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to a 5-1 win over Los Angeles before an NBC national TV audience at the Vet. It is Johnson’s second pinch-hit grand slam of the season, a major league first.

June 3, 2007: CF Shane Victorino hits a walk-off home run on Shane Victorino Hula Figurine Day, 9-8 over the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.

Book Signings
Enjoyed meeting and chatting with Phillies fans last night at the Forwood Elementary School in Wilmington.

Other signings this month for my book If These Walls Could Talk include:
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.

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 http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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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