Oops, not those type of notes. But baseball notes from the weekend when Phillies took two of three from St. Louis. Warning: some of the notes may classify as oddities.
**Phillies won back-to-back series for the first time since late April.
**Cardinals haven’t won a series at Citizens Bank Park since 2006.
**KK had another nightmarish first inning on Friday, settled down and started a game-decisive, four-run fourth with a single.
**Howard hit a home run Saturday off a right-handed pitcher for the first time since June 19…..the same pitcher (Miller) in a game in St. Louis.
**For the fourth straight Saturday at home, the Phillies went into extra innings (12-11-10-10) and lost, for the fourth straight time. Fifth previous Saturday was a double-header (two losses) so if you want to see bonus baseball, go to a Phillies Saturday game at Citizens Bank Park. Warning: there are only two more left on the schedule.
**Last time the Phillies won a Saturday home game, June 14, 7-4, over the Cubs….this year.
**As the result of Saturday’s game, the Phillies have played 49 extra innings, third most in the majors.
**Phillies used four different first basemen in the game, including Chase, his first at first since 2003.
**J-Roll stole two bases in the game, becoming just the eighth player in baseball history with at least 800 extra-base hits and 450 steals.
**Jerome gave the bullpen much needed rest with a strong eight-inning outing on Sunday, the first time he’s gone that far since 2003. He gave up one run and drove in one….a safety suicide squeeze. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was his second RBI of his major-league career and first since his rookie season of 2003. The gap of 4000 days between Williams’ first and second career RBIs is the longest of that kind in major-league history. Now, there’s a true oddity!
**After hitting seven home run in July (tied for second in NL), J-Roll got his first this month in Sunday’s win.
**Ben had two hits Sunday, his 45th multi-hit game of the season, to move into a tie for the NL batting title race with the Rockies’ Justin Morneau, .314.
**Phillies are 4-1 on this home stand against two hot teams, Seattle and St. Louis. Starting tonight, three night games with the Nationals, the majors’ hottest team, winning 11 of last 12. Washington is dominating the NL: biggest lead (8 games), most wins (75), most wins at home (43) and have out-scored their opponents by the most runs (107). On the road the Nats are a bit more humane, 32-29.
Number of the Day
88: Strikeouts by Jake Diekman, most for any NL reliever.
Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won 3 of 4 games. 3B Maikel Franco, 10-16, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R; hit for cycle in Saturday’s second game. Average increased, .243 to .256. Winners: Hector Neris (4-2), 5 strikeouts out of 7 outs; Tyler Knigge (3-3), Jason Marquis (2-1). SV: Luis Garcia (20).
Reading ended home schedule by taking 2 of 3 from Erie. 2B Carlos Alonso, 5-13, HR, 6 RBI. Winners: Kyle Simon (5-2), Hoby Milner (9-6). Peter Lavin’s walk-off single won Friday’s game in the 12th inning. No decision Sunday for Aaron Nola, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 SO.
Clearwater lost 3 of 4 at home to Brevard County. DH/1B Art Charles, 6 H, 3 HR (19 for season), 5 RBI. SS J.P. Crawford, 2 HR Sunday. CF Roman Quinn, 30th steal on Saturday, his 83rd game.
Lakewood won 1 of 3 vs. Greensboro at home. Win was 4-0 on Friday, Yacksel Rios (6-1), 6 IP, 6 H, 4 SO. RF Dyan Cozens, 15th HR Saturday.
Williamsport lost 2 of 3 at Auburn. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 8th HR in Saturday’s 4-3 win. Losses were both shutouts, 4-0, 8-0.
Gulf Coast League Phillies beat Toronto twice, 8-3, 2-1. Winners: Josh Taylor and Jared Fisher. Phillies trail Yankees1 by 1 game with 4 games left on the schedule in the Northwest Division. Two teams meet today (Clearwater) and tomorrow (Tampa). Last 2 games are against the Pirates.
August 25, 1922
After scoring 10 runs in the second inning and 14 in the fourth, Chicago hangs on to beat the visiting Phillies, 26-23, in baseball’s highest-scoring game ever. The Phillies rally with eight in the eighth and six in the ninth. 13 different Phillies score a run, a club record.
August 25, 1955
Before a double header with St. Louis, the Phillies honored Del Ennis for driving in more runs than any player in team history. Ennis was presented with gifts including a Cadillac, TV, air conditioner, freezer, diamond ring, and fishing outfit. The Phils won both games, with Ennis adding 4 RBI to his record total. (Courtesy broadandpattison.com).
August 25, 1995
LF Gregg Jefferies hits for the cycle, the first Phillie since Johnny Callison did it on June 27, 1963, 5,107 games ago. Phillies bury visiting Los Angeles, 17-4.
Today: RHP Mike Welch (42), OF Doug Glanville (44), C Choo-Choo Coleman (77) . . . Tuesday: INF Jayson Nix (32), RHP Geoff Geary (38), RHP Ricky Bottalico (45), RHP Jeff Parrett (53), RHP Fred Wenz (73), CH Billy DeMars (89) . . . Wednesday: 1B Jim Thome (44), RHP Mike Maddux (53), RHP Don Grate (91) . . . Thursday: RHP Ryan Madson (34), OF Billy Cowan (76), OF Tony Gonzalez (78) . . . Friday: OF Aaron Rowand (37), RHP Roy Oswalt (37) . . . Saturday: RHP Renie Martin (59) . . . Sunday: OF Von Hayes (56), C Bill Nahnorodny (61).
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
**This Thursday (August 28), Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.
**Saturday, September 13, Barnes & Noble, 2300 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
**Sunday, September 28, Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.