Howard Comes Through Again

Want to see a lot of baseball?

Then go to a Phillies-Mets game. The two teams have played 17 times this season and six have gone extra innings: 11, 11, 14, 14, 11, 11.

Yesterday, the Big Piece came through again in the clutch. His ninth-inning single drove in the winning run as the two teams were on the verge of extra innings again. It was his 11th career walk-off RBI and ended a five-game home losing streak against the Mets, who led 6-1 after five innings.

From Elias Sports Bureau: It’s the fifth time that Howard has driven in the go-ahead run in the ninth or inning later this season, the highest total for any major-league player.

Rookie Ken Giles (above) picked up his first major league win as the result of the Phillies comeback.

New York won the first two games, including Saturday’s, 2-1, 11-inning decision. Once again, Cole was brilliant and once again, he didn’t get a win as the offense couldn’t muster more than one run. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Cole has pitched at least 7 innings and allowed one run or fewer in all five of his starts since the All-Star break. Last time that happened was 1972, Steve Carlton, who was in the ballpark for Alumni Weekend.

Number of the Day
20: Chase was a double shy of hitting for the cycle yesterday. It was the 20th time he was one hit shy.

Twitter World
Charlie Manuel was the man during Alumni Weekend which included being inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame. Only fitting that the following happened yesterday:

From Linda Dougherty: “Charlie Manuel, son of Indian Charlie named for former Phils manager, wins debut in 1st at Parxx for trainer Butch Reid.”
Then, Aaron Rowand, who is throwing out the first ball this afternoon as Alumni Weekend comes to a conclusion, did a tweeter chat yesterday. One of the questions: “Best memory at Citizens Bank Park?” Aaron’s response: “Watching Chase Utley play baseball. I have more respect for him that anyone I played with.”

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won 2 of 3 in Toledo. SS Freddy Galvis, 12 hits in last 7 games; 3B Maikel Franco, 10 hits in last 6 games. Miguel Gonzalez picked up 2nd AAA save on Saturday.

Reading won 2 of 3 vs. Altoona, the loss, snapping a 6-game winning streak, coming on Sunday (13-2). OF Zach Collier hit 8th and 9th homers on Friday, including walk-off HR. Has 7 HR in 6 games. His 9th inning single tied the game on Saturday with the winning run scoring on an error in Reading’s 2-run 9th, a 4-3 decision. CF Aaron Altherr, 11th and 12th HRs, giving him 3 in his last 4 games.

Clearwater won on Friday, 8-7, at Brevard County with SS J.P. Crawford hitting 5-6th HRs; first multi HR game of career. Threshers were blanked the next night, 1-0, 7-0, getting a total of 7 hits. Rained out on Sunday.

Lakewood lost 3 of 4 to Delmarva. Win was 11-1 in second game on Friday, 3B Mitch Walding, 5th HR, 5 RBI. 2B Andrew Pullin was 8-12 in the 4 games, including 4 doubles.

Williamsport won 2 of 3 in Lowell, losing 6-5 on Sunday after 3-2 and 4-3 wins. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 6th and 7th HR.3B Jan Hernandez, 5th HR. RF Cord Sandberg has a 9-game hitting streak.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won their 2 games, 7-0 and 3-2 over the Blue Jays. 4 pitchers combined on a 2-hit shutout. Phillies are 8-0 this month.

This Date
August 11, 1970: RHP Jim Bunning joins Cy Young as the only pitchers to win 100 games in each league, a 6-5 decision in Houston.

August 11, 1994: Phillies edge Dallas Green’s New York Mets in 15 innings, 2-1, at the Vet in what turns out to be the final game of the season as the players go on strike the following day. The season never resumes.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: OF Leroy Reams (71) . . . Tuesday: RHP Reggie Harris (46), OF Tony Longmire (46), SS Joe Millette (49) . . . Wednesday: C Tom Prince (50), RHP Erskine Thomason (65) . . . Thursday: OF Juan Pierre (37), LHP Don Carman (55) . . . Friday: RHP Tyson Brummett (30), RHP Joe Cowley (56), C Mike Compton (70) . . . Saturday: OF Greg Jelks (53), LHP Al Holland (62) . . . Sunday: RHP Brett Myers (34), 3B Mike Cervenak (38), OF Tony Barron (48), Jim Davenport (81).

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

**This 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.

**Sunday, September 28, Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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