Big Piece, Big Swing

The Big Piece came through with a Big Swing with two out.

A grand slam (career #13) by Ryan capped a five-run eighth inning that gave the Phillies a three-game sweep of the Astros last night, 6-5. Last three-game sweep of an American League team by the Phillies came four years ago against Cleveland.

Media and fans have pleaded that Ryan should be platooned because he can’t hit lefties. Well the game-winning slam came off a southpaw. Matter of fact, his last four homers are off lefties. Last homer off a right-hander was June 19.

For the series, he had two homers, eight RBI. His 71 RBI are now third in the NL; 25 RBI off a lefty.

Pap had a 1-2-3, ninth inning save, his 94th with the Phillies, tying Tug McGraw for fifth place on the club’s all-time list.

Toyota Alumni Weekend
Mets come to town for a second four-game series this season, their last visit to Philly.

**Tonight: Roy Halladay bobble figurine to all fans. Doc retired after last season and this will be his first visit to Citizens Bank Park since then. Doc plans on thanking the fans.

**Saturday: Charlie Manuel will be inducted into the Wall of Fame. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. with the game to follow. NBC TV 10 will carry the ceremonies as well as the game.

**Sunday: Annual Alumni Day. Nearly 50 Alumni will be introduced on the field pre-game. Decade span includes 1940s to the current decade.

**Monday: Pride of the Phillies poster saluting Rollins, the team’s all-time leader in his. Alumni will be on hand all four days making surprise appearances pre-game.

Number of the Day
1: Wins against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park this season in five games.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 9-5, at Toledo. 3B Maikel Franco, 3-5, including 10th HR, 2 RBI. SS Freddy Galvis, 11th 2B, 2nd HR, 2 RBI, 4 R. WP: Ethan Martin (1-1).

Reading completed a four-game sweep of Harrisburg, 3-0. Chris Bootcheck-Kyle Simon-Colton Murray combined on a 2-hitter and 14 strikeouts. HR: DH Jake Fox (17), CF Aaron Altherr (10). RF Kelly Dugan, 14th 2B, RBI. WP: Simon (4-2); SV: Murray (4).

Clearwater got pounded by Daytona, 18-2. Threshers had 4 hits, one being 1B Art Charles’ 14th HR.

Lakewood lost, 5-3, to Delmarva in 12 innings. 2B Andrew Pullin, 8th HR.

Williamsport lost, 5-2, at Hudson Valley, 3rd straight defeat. HR: RF Cord Sandberg (4).

Gulf Coast League Phillies improved to 6-0 this month, 11-7, at the Yankees. WP: Franklyn Kilome (2-0). HR: C Jesus Posso (1); 3 RBI; RF Jose Pujols (5). 3 H, 3 RBI: 3B Damek Tomscha. 1B Luis Encarnacion, 3-run double. 2B Tim Zier, 2 H, 3 R; hitting .441 in last 10 games; .367 for the season.

This Date
August 8, 1903: Twelve fans die and 232 are injured when a balcony collapses at Philadelphia Park during a doubleheader against the Boston Braves. The accident forces the Phillies to play 16 games at the Philadelphia Athletics’ Columbia Park.

August 8, 1988: LF Phil Bradley enters the record book, well, sort of. He hits the first home run in the first night game ever at Wrigley Field. But, rain washes out the homer and a 3-1 Cubs lead in the fourth inning. After a delay of 2:10, the game is postponed.

August 9, 1955: LF Del Ennis drives in his 1,000th run in 91 win vs. Pittsburgh. OF Ed
Delahanty is the club’s all-time RBI leader (1,286).

August 9, 1965: RHP Robin Roberts (6-7), pitching for Houston, blanks the Phillies on
four hits, 8-0, at the Astrodome, his first start in the NL since September 10, 1961,
when he was with the Phils.

August 9, 1976: RHP Robin Roberts is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY. Because of rain, induction ceremonies take place in the Otesaga Hotel small ballroom.

August 10, 1978: Danny Ozark joins Gene Mauch and Harry Wright as the only Phillies managers with 500 wins as RHP Dick Ruthven posts his fifth straight victory, 3-1, over visiting Pittsburgh.

August 10, 1981: 1B Pete Rose singles off St. Louis’ Mark Littell in the eighth inning for his 3,631st hit to break Stan Musial’s all-time NL record in 7-3 loss at the Vet before the largest crowd of the season, 60,561.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.


Alumni Weekend has, as always, been a great time. I’ve been wondering if there are any plans to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the 1915 NL Pennant winners during next year’s Alumni Weekend. Of course, all the players have long since passed on, but perhaps one of them could be posthumously inducted into the Wall of Fame (Fred Luderus would be a good choice)

At the end of the season, we’ll be looking at the 2015 season, which, as you mentioned, is the 100th anniversary or the 1915 pennant winners, the Phillies first. Sure there will be some sort of acknowledgment.

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