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Role of the Spoiler

Three games each with the Cardinals (this weekend) and Nationals (starting on Monday night) close out baseball at Citizens Bank Park for August. The curtain comes down on the month with three games in New York next weekend.

Next month finds the Phillies at home for 10 games and on the road for 16, including their third trip to California. For the Phillies, it is a chance to be the spoiler as only four games are against a team not in the postseason hunt. Those four are in San Diego, where, as of this morning, the Padres were 8 games out of a wildcard berth with six teams ahead of them.

The Phillies were 11.5 games out with eight teams ahead of them.

Number of the Day
77: RBI by Howard, tied for fourth in the NL. 27 have come off LHP, most in the league.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost third in a row, 3-2, at Pawtucket. C Cameron Rupp had 3 of LV’s 5 hits. HR: CF Tyler Henson (7) . . . Season ends Labor Day.

Reading lost, 6-2, at Bowie. RF Peter Lavin, 2 of Reading’s 6 hits . . . Reading opens final home series tonight vs. Erie . . . Season ends Labor Day.

Clearwater lost, 5-4, at Daytona. C Gabriel Lino, HR (4), 4 RBI . . . Season ends August 31.

Lakewood rained out at West Virginia . . . Season ends Labor Day.

Williamsport won, 2-1, on 2B Robinson Torres’ walk-off single . . . Season ends Labor Day.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost to the Braves for the second straight day, 7-3. Fell 2 games behind the Yankees with 6 games remaining . . . Season ends August 28.

This Date
August 22, 2003
1B Jim Thome hits 35th and 36th homers in 9-4 win in St. Louis to break Phillies club record for homers by a first baseman (34, Deron Johnson, 1971).

August 23, 1883
Phillies are charged with 27 errors in a game against Providence (walks, wild pitches and passed balls were charged as errors prior to 1888).

August 23, 2009
Phillies beat Mets, 9-7, in New York as second baseman Eric Bruntlett starts an
unassisted triple play in bottom of ninth inning to end the game. It is the 15th unassisted triple play in MLB history but only the second to end a game.

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

**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.

Lights Out Bullpen

Way too often this season, Cole would pitch brilliantly and not pick up a win. Yesterday, he wasn’t as sharp as he’s been but did get the W, thanks to brilliant relief pitching.

Jake, Ken and Pap completely closed the door on the Mariners. They combined for four shutout innings. Nine of the 12 outs came on strikeouts. The Phillies took two of three, the first time they’ve ever won a series against Seattle.

St. Louis starts a weekend series on Friday night. Monday baseball’s hottest team, the Nationals, come to town for three night games.

Number of the Day
7: Wins for Cole, tops on the staff.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 9-0, at Pawtucket, getting only four hits.

Reading lost, 8-0, at Bowie. RF Kelly Dugan, 2 doubles, 2 RBI.

Clearwater won, 7-3, at Daytona. CF Ramon Quinn, 1B, 2B, HR (6), 4 RBI. 1B Art Charles, 16th HR. WP: Mark Leiter Jr. (3-4). Threshers have won 5 of last 6 games.

Lakewood lost, 5-1, at West Virginia, getting 6 hits, 2 by C Willians Astudillo.

Williamsport lost, 9-1, to Mahoning Valley, on 4 hits, one a HR by CF Jiandido Tromp (13).

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 4-0, to Houston. C Joel Fisher’s one-out single in the eighth was Phillies lone hit.

This Date
August 21, 1949, 2nd game
Fans litter the Shibe Park field after umpire George Barr rules a line drive to CF Richie Ashburn was trapped and not caught. Umpires forfeit the game to the New York Giants.

August 21, 1972
Steve Carlton’s club-record 15-game winning streak ends by the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, in 11 innings at Veterans Stadium.

August 21, 1990
Phillies tie club record with nine runs in the top of the ninth for a 1211
comefrombehind (trailed 111 at one point) win in Los Angeles. Carmelo Martinez’
double is the gamewinner.

August 21, 1991
1B John Kruk is hit by pitch for first time in his career, 2,681 plate appearances. Phillies
win, 43, in 11 innings vs. Pittsburgh.

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

**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.

Cole Looks to End Spin

Hard to believe in the last 10 starts by A.J. and Cole, the Phillies are 1-9 with neither picking up that one win.

A.J.’s streak reached six straight defeats since his last win on July 11. Seattle evened the series last night, 5-2. Phillies offense consisted of two runs in the ninth—one of a wild pitch—and six total hits, four singles, two doubles.

Until that ninth, three Phillies reached second base, Howard on a fourth-inning double and two ground crew members who changed a wobbly second base bag in the top of the seventh.

Cole is 0-1 with two no decisions in three starts this month. He goes this afternoon as the Phillies try to win a season series from the Mariners for the first time ever. He’ll have to do it against a pitcher who is 6-0 in nine major league starts and on a woeful Wednesday (5-13) for the Phillies.

Number of the Day
0: Runs Iwakuma has yielded in three career starts in National League ballparks, a total of 22.0 scoreless innings, including eight last night.

Minor League Report
Players of the week (August 11-17)

Player: OF Aaron Brown, Lakewood … 4 G, .563 average (9-16), .556 OBP, 2 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, BB. Promoted from Williamsport to Lakewood on 8/14 and posted organization-best 1.306 OPS over his first 4 games with the BlueClaws. Selected in the third round this year out of Pepperdine University, Brown was signed by Shane Bowers.

Pitcher: LHP Hoby Milner, Reading … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 SO vs. Binghamton on 8/17. Selected out of the University of Texas in the seventh round in 2012; signed by Steve Cohen.

Lehigh Valley lost, 7-0, at Pawtucket despite getting 10 hits. RF John Mayberry Jr., 2-4; 3B Maikel Franco, 3-4.

Reading gave up 6 runs in the bottom of the eighth in losing, 8-6, at Bowie. No decision, RHP Aaron Nola, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO.

Clearwater split a pair at Daytona, 5-2 and 3-4. HR: 1B Art Charles (15), RF Brian Pointer (14). 2B Jesmuel Valentin made his debut, 1-7, with a SB.

Lakewood was rained out in West Virginia.

Williamsport is on a two-day, All-Star Game break. All-Stars are RHP David Whitehead, RHP Mitch Gueller, OF Jiandido Tromp and INF Derek Campbell.

Gulf Coast League Phillies beat Houston, 5-1. CF Venn Biter, 2 H, 3 RBI. WP: Elniery Garcia (2-1), 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO. Phillies have won 16 of their last 19 games. Victory moved them into a tie for first place in the Northwest Division with 8 games remaining on the schedule.

This Date
August 20, 1961
Scoring four times in the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies end an NL-record 23-game losing streak behind RHP John Buzhardt, 7-4, at the Milwaukee Braves. The streak began with a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on July 29. Seventeen of the losses came on the road.

August 20, 1986
LHP Don Carman loses bid for perfect game when San Francisco’s Bob Brenly doubles
to start last of the ninth. Phillies win 10, on 2B Juan Samuel’s homer in 10th, the
second time in club history they win a 1-0 extra-inning game on a home run, Ron
Northey in 1944.

August 20, 1991
SS Dickie Thon hits twoout, tworun homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat
Pittsburgh, 6-5. It is the first time since June 28, 1987, that the Phillies come from
behind in the ninth inning to win, a stretch of 346 games.

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

**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.

A Couple of Firsts

Well, chalk up some “firsts” for Jerome and Andres as the Phillies won their fourth straight interleague game last night at Citizens Bank Park, 4-1, over the Mariners.

For Jerome, his first interleague win in 10 years (at Baltimore), a span of 3,718 days and a 0-6 record. Since last August 16, 2013, he’s 6-2 as a starter.

For Andres, subbing at shortstop, a game-deciding three-run homer. His first HR since July 1, 2011 vs. Florida, a span of 1,145 days, but only 48 at-bats. For his career of 621 at-bats in the bigs, he’s hit four home runs.

Jerome walked three, all leading off an inning but none scored. The Phillies drew seven walks and three scored.

Game two tonight, A.J. trying to break a five-game losing streak against Iwakuma, 3-1, 1.27 in his last four starts. Chances are Phillies won’t be drawing many walks as he’s given up just 12 in 139 innings.

From Elias Sports Bureau
Rollins has hit 214 home runs, 212 have come while he was playing shortstop. Since 2001 when he hit his first, only six shortstops other than Rolling have homered for the Phillies: Tomas Perez (5), Wilson Valdez (3), Freddy Galvis (3), Eric Bruntlett (2), Nick Punto (1) and now Blanco.

Number of the Day
300: Number of interleague games the Phillies have played.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley, Reading and Lakewood were not scheduled. Williamsport is off for a two-day All-Star Game break.

Clearwater was rained out in Daytona.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-2, at the Astros, getting 3 singles and one double.

Minor League Food Scouting Report
Starting in spring training and ending last week, I visited five minor league ballparks as part of a book-signing tour.

Naturally, something to eat was high on my tummy’s itinerary.

(Drum roll please)
So, here’s one person’s scouting report on the best dinner meal at each park:

Clearwater (Bright House Field): Strawberry sundae. I know, I know, a sundae is more of a dessert than dinner. Don’t be picky. It is sooo good. Can’t wait for next March. In protest, will not have any other strawberry sundae until then.

Reading (FirstEnergy Stadium): Hot dog and French fries. Dogs are grilled, not boiled and that makes the difference. Only a vision of my doctor glaring over my right shoulder kept me from having two dogs.

Wilmington (Frawley Stadium): Grotto’s pizza. Having moved from Delaware to Pennsylvania a year ago, couldn’t want to have a slice or two (three, really) of my favorite Delaware pizza.

Allentown (Coca-Cola Park): Hmmm, corn on the cob. About to head there when I saw another menu: Three-pig sandwich. Only at a place where the IronPigs play ball could there be a sandwich with that name. It was large and good: ham, bacon and pulled park. Don’t tell the doctor.

Lakewood (FirstEnergy Park): Autograph table was located behind home plate, the field behind me and a grille staring at me. Fans were lined up at it and also a pulled pork/mac and cheese adjacent stand. Difficult incision. Watching an intern slowly grilling burgers made the decision. Result: best hamburger I’ve ever eaten.

Minor league ballparks are fun and filled with food options for any taste.

This Date
August 19, 1903
Phillies have nine consecutive postponements, August 10-19.

August 19, 1978
54,288 are on hand when Phillies blank San Francisco, 3-0, at the Vet. Happy Days softball team, featuring Henry Winkler, plays before the Saturday night game.

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

**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.

Red-Hot Mariners Next

For the second time in the last three weekends, the Phillies won the first game of a weekend series but dropped the next two. This time in San Francisco.

Lost opportunities by the offense was the main culprit. The Phillies were 4-18 with runners in scoring position in those losses, leaving 21 men on base. Lincecum threw 76 pitches in three innings Sunday but all the Phillies could muster was two runs, one coming on a bases-loaded walk. A error also paved the way for the lead run in each of the last two games.

What do these numbers represent? 9 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 13 strikeouts. The Giants bullpen over their two wins. Nine of the 12 outs by SF relievers on Sunday were punch outs.

Seattle Now
The red-hot Mariners (8-2 in last 10 games) come to town for three games starting tonight, first visit to Citizens Bank Park and second time in Philly. The other time was a three-game sweep at the Vet 11 years ago. In interleague play, the Phillies are 2-7 against Seattle.

If the season ended today, Seattle and the Angels would be in as the wildcard entries. Detroit wouldn’t. Mariners have the AL’s lowest ERA, starters, relievers and overall. They have allowed two or fewer runs 55 times, best in the majors.

Number of the Day
314: Ben’s batting average, which ranks second in the NL to Justin Morneau’s .323. 7 hits in last 10 at-bats boosted Ben’s average to #2.

Minor League Report (Weekend Edition)
Lehigh Valley scored 3 runs with 2 out in the last of the ninth for a 3-2 win against Buffalo. SS Freddy Galvis drove in the first run; 1B Maikel Franco hit a walk-off homer (#12). Win snapped a 5-game losing streak that included 7-1 and 5-0 decisions, getting just 10 total hits in Friday and Saturday games.

Reading won, 1-0, yesterday behind LHP Hoby Milner’s 3-hit complete game. Binghamton had won the first 3 games of the series. LHP Jesse Biddle returned to AA on Saturday night and left in the fourth inning with a strained right quad. CF Aaron Altherr hit 24th HR, 5 in last 10 games.

Clearwater completed a 3-game sweep at home against Lakewood, 5-2, 7-5 and 10-1 Sunday, a game in which SS J.P. Crawford had 3 hits and 3B Harold Martinez hit his 6th HR and drove in 4. CF Roman Quinn, base-running trifecta, 28th SB, CS, PO at first base.

Lakewood won 2 of 3 from Hagerstown. C-1B Willians Astudillo, 8-11 in 3 games; C Andrew Knapp, 6-9, in 2 games. RF Aaron Brown, promoted from Williamsport on Thursday, 9-16 in his first 4 games.

Williamsport won 2 of 3 at Mahoning Valley. 3B-2B Derek Campbell, 6-11. WPs: Dave Whitehead (4-3) on Friday; Brandon Leibrandt (2-2) on Sunday; lowered ERA to 1.75.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won 5-0 at Detroit and had 2 other games postponed. WP: Sam McWilliams (3-2), 5 innings, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts.

This Date
August 18, 1941, 1st game
Phillies commit eight errors in losing, 13-5, to Cincinnati at Shibe Park. 9 of the runs
are unearned. Attendance for the Monday doubleheader was 2,873.

August 18, 1997
LF Billy McMillon and C Mike Lieberthal hit grand slams as Phillies sink San
Francisco, 12-4, at the Vet, the second time in club history they have two slams in
one game. SS Ralph Miller and P Lee Meadows did it 76 years ago, April 28, 1921.

August 18, 2006
Mike Lieberthal catches his 1,125th game to break Red Dooin’s club record for most
games caught. Phillies drop 6-4 decision to Washington.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: C Mike LaValliere (54), RHP Lowell Palmer (67) . . . Tuesday: RHP David Palmer (57), OF Ron Roenicke (58), C Tim Blackwell (62) . . . Thursday: OF Lou Collier (41), C John Stearns (63), INF Craig Robinson (66) . . . Friday: LHP Randy Wolf (38), RHP Doug Bair (65) . . . Saturday: C Bobby Estalella (40), INF Jeff Manto (50), RHP Tony Ghelfi (53), SS Julio Franco (56), LHP John Morris (73) . . . Sunday: 1B Rick Joseph (75)

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

**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.

Winning Record vs. NL W

Most of the Phillies numbers are on the negative side which is what happens when a team is struggling. There’s one that’s above .500: 15-11 record against the National League West.

Well, that’s where (NL West) the next three games will be played…..in AT&T Park in San Francisco. But, the Giants home since 2000 isn’t Phillie-friendly as the Giants lead, 28-21 in games played there.

Leaving the Angels, who are in second place in the AL West, the Phillies start a three-game series tonight in SF. The Giants are in second place in the NL West.

Monday its’ back home and back to interleague play, three games against the Mariners. Phillies interleague numbers are on the minus side, 4-10.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 7-4, at Columbus. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 2B, 2 RBI.

Reading won, 5-2, at Harrisburg. WP: Severino Gonzalez (8-12), 10 SO, 7 IP. SS K.C. Serna, 3 H, including 2nd HR, 2 RBI.

Clearwater lost, 3-1, at Dunedin. CF Roman Quinn, 1B, 26th SB. 3B Harold Martinez, 2B, RBI.

Lakewood blanked Hagerstown, 8-0, in a game called after 6 innings by rained. WP Ranfi Carimiro (5-9), 10 SO, 6 IP; third straight win. SS Malquin Canelo, 2-run HR. RF Aaron Brown, just up from Williamsport, 2-4, 2 RBI. 1B Zack Green, 3 RBI.

Gulf Coast League Phillies: won 11th in last 12 games, 8-7, at Pirates. C Joel Fisher, 3-4. 3B Willliam Cuicas, 2 H, 3 RBI.

Fan Questions
Phils8008: 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 season, Kurt Funk, Director Marketing Programs & Events, and a team of other front office types will meet to begin promotion plans for 2015. I’m sure we’ll recognize the 100th anniversary in some fashion. Will definitely plan some stories for http://www.phillies.com/alumni.”

From Jason Wrigley:
I understand that, due to your policy, Roy Halladay is not eligible to be inducted into the Wall of Fame. This should change. He is an all-time great pitcher and while his time in Philadelphia was relatively short, it was iconic. His Cy Young Award, his perfect game and playoff no-hitter made an indelible mark on Phillies history. He is deserving of recognition as an all-time great Phillie.

“You are absolutely correct about Roy’s accomplishments in his four seasons with the Phillies. You are also correct that he’s ineligible under the policy (five or more years of service and minimum 180 games for pitchers) that has been in effect since we began the Wall of Fame in 1978. That said, it will be a topic for discussion this off-season.”

This Date
August 15, 1958
Richie Ashburn gets his 2,000th hit when he singles in third inning off Carlton Willey of Braves at Milwaukee.
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August 15, 1990
Terry Mulholland pitches 60 no-hitter against San Francisco, the first ever at the Vet. It is the first by a Phillies pitcher at home this century.

August 16, 1977
Phillies extend their longest winning streak of the century to 13 games with a 7-5 decision in Montreal. The Phils hadn’t won that many in a row since 1892.

August 16, 1984
2B Juan Samuel hits 16th triple, a new rookie record for the Phillies. CF Von Hayes joins Samuel with 30plus steals, first for Phillies in 72 years. Cubs win, 65, in Chicago.

August 16, 2011
Statue of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas is unveiled in pre-game ceremony at Citizens Bank Park.

August 17, 1894
Collecting 28 singles out of a club-record 36 hits, Phillies destroy visiting Louisville, 29-4. OF Sam Thompson hit for the cycle, three singles, a double, triple and home run in seven at-bats.

August 17, 1972
LHP Steve Carlton wins his 20th game of the season and 15th consecutive, longest streak in Phillies history, 9-4 over Cincinnati before 42,635 at the Vet. The streak began June 7 and ended August 21. ERA for the 15 wins was 1.33. Five of the wins were shutouts. He also had three no-decisions during that time frame, including a game against Houston in which he didn’t allow a run in 10 innings. Lefty finished with 27 wins, a club-record 310 strikeouts and won his first Cy Young Award.

August 17, 1957
CF Richie Ashburn, known for his ability to foul pitches off, hits spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at-bat. The first one breaks her nose; the second hits her while she is being removed on a stretcher. Ironically, she is the wife of Earl Roth, sports editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin.

August 17, 1985
Phillies match club record by hitting six homers (four in the seventh inning) in 10-4 win over Cubs in Wrigley Field. C Darren Daulton hits two; one each for 2B Juan Samuel, RF Glenn Wilson, 1b Mike Schmidt and 3b Rick Schu.

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

**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.

 

On To SF

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Hitters talking hitting, pitchers talking pitching, a horse named Charlie Manuel wins on the day he is inducted into the Wall of Fame, current players mingled with legends from the past. It was all part of the Alumni Weekend.

Check out the story on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Angels Do It Again
For the second straight night, the sixth inning did in the Phillies. Seven runs on seven hits on Tuesday was followed by three runs on three hits last night. So, Wednesday’s record dropped to 5-13 after the 4-3 loss, despite out-hitting the Angels, 11-5. Good news: there are only six more Wednesday games.

Phillies have lost nine in a row to the Angels and haven’t scored more than three runs in any of the games.

Angels improved to 41-23 at home, most wins in the majors. And, Weaver improved to 16-4 in interleague play, best among active pitchers.

Day off today in San Francisco, an interesting city in which to have a day off. Weekend series with the Giants starts Friday night.

Number of the Day
63: Hits by Revere since June 26, most in the majors.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 6-5, in 10 innings at Columbus on a two-out error by 3B Cesar Hernandez that allowed 2 runs to score. 1B Russ Canzler put the IronPigs on top with his 12th HR in the top of the 10th. Earlier, 3B Maikel Franco hit his 11th HR, 3 RBI.

Reading split a DH at Harrisburg, 8-4 W, 9-6 L. Aaron Nola, no decision in opener, 3 R, (3 solo HR), 4 IP. RF Kelly Dugan, 4-8; 11 hits in 7-game hitting streak. CF Aaron Altherr, career-high 13th HR, 4 RBI in nightcap.

Clearwater lost, 9-5, in 10 innings to Dunedin. CF Roman Quinn, 5th HR; LF Brandon Short, 4th HR.

Lakewood lost, 7-5, in 10 innings at Greensboro. C Willians Astudillo, 4-4. 3B Mitch Walding, 3-5, including 6th HR, 3 RBI.

Williamsport lost a double-header to Batavia, 5-2 and 4-1, getting a total of 10 hits, 3 by CF Jiandido Tromp.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won 10th in last 11, 3-2, over Pirates. SS William Cuicas, 2 H, RBI.

This Date
August 14, 1981: 3B Mike Schmidt homers in 3rd inning off New York’s Mike Scott at Shea Stadium for his 300th home run. Phillies win, 84.

August 14, 1984: 2B Juan Samuel steals 56th base, breaking Sherry Magee’s club record set in 1906. Phillies lose, 32, in San Diego

August 14, 2006: SS Jimmy Rollins’ 18th home run sets a club record for homers by a shortstop, breaking Granny Hamner’s mark (17) in 1952. Phillies romp over Mets, 13-0, at Citizens Bank Park.

August 14, 2012: Jimmy Rollins celebrates moving past Larry Bowa for the most games played by a Phillies shortstop (1,731) with a lead-off home run off Josh Johnson in Miami.

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

**Tonight, 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.

Angels Extend Streak

The Angels offense had been in a funk, 13 runs in 64 innings going into Tuesday night’s game. Through five innings, Jerome Williams, making his Phillies debut, held the Angels scoreless on three hits and the Phillies led, 2-0.

Then came the sixth inning: seven runs on seven hits, two runs off Williams, five off Bastardo. Going into the game, the Phillies bullpen had been brilliant, three earned runs allowed in 27.2 innings.

First Phillies game ever against the Angels was in Anaheim, June 9, 2003, a 3-0 combined shutout by Padilla (7 IP), Cormier (1), Mesa (1). Rollins (1-4, HR) and Byrd (1-3) are the only current Phillies who played in that game.

Since then, the Angels have won eight in a row (five at Citizens Bank Park). It is the longest interleague losing streak against one team for the Phillies.

Prior to the game the Angels paid tribute to the late Jim Fregosi. Players on both teams wore a #11 patch on their jerseys in the game.

Number of the Day
47: Games in which Phillies have scored two runs or less.

Minor League Report
Players of the month (July)
Player: 3B-1B Maikel Franco (Lehigh Valley) hit .343, 4 HR, 23 RBI, hitting safely in 24 of 30 games. Had 13 multi-hit games.

Pitcher: LH Brandon Leibrandt (Williamsport), 2-1, 1.42 ERA, 6 G between GCL and Williamsport. Fanned 36 in 31.2 IP, allowed 14 H, held opponents to a .135 average.

Lehigh Valley lost, 6-1, at Columbus. SS Freddy Galvis homered (3) in the first inning.

Reading rained out at Harrisburg.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood lost, 7-0 and 1-0, at Greensboro, getting a total of 10 hits.

Williamsport rained out vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies had 9-game winning streak end, 4-2, to Yankees. DH Tim Zier extended hitting streak to 10 games (17-38), .445.

This Date
August 13, 1939, 1st game: RHP Wayman “Bill” Kerksieck has the dubious distinction of setting a club record by allowing six home runs (in four innings) in an 11-2 loss to the Giants at New York.

August 13, 1972: Between games of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader with Montreal, high-wire artist Karl Wallenda thrills the crowd of over 30,000 by walking across the stadium on a tightrope, the most dazzling promotion in Vet history. He repeats the nerve-wracking feat on May 31, 1976.

August 13, 1992: Game with St. Louis at Veterans Stadium is postponed by rain, first
postponement since June 18, 1990, a string of 189 dates.

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

**Tomorrow evening, 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.

Howard Comes Through Again

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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.

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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.

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.
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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.

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