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White Sox Rare Foe

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Interleague play has some natural rivalries, Dodgers-Angels, Mets-Yankees, White Sox-Cubs, A’s-Giants, Reds-Indians, Nationals-Orioles.  Then there are rare oddities such as the Phillies and White Sox who play a mini two-game series in Chicago starting tonight. Since interleague play began in 1997 these two teams have met 12 times with Phillies winning seven.

What’s really rare….this is only the second time they have played in U.S. Cellular Field. Two games were played there in June of 2004. A third was postponed and played that August 30 before 5,747 fans. The White Sox won two of three slugfests. Final tally in runs: White Sox 33, Phillies 32. Jim Thome hit four homers and drove in 10 runs in three games for the Phillies. Phils’ designated hitters were Jason Michaels, Ricky Ledee and Thome.

The other nine games between the two teams were in Philly, three at the Vet (2002) and six at Citizens Bank Park (2007 & 2013). White Sox visit CBP again for two games, September 20-21.

Thome is now a special assistant to the Senior VP/General Manager.  Guess we know who he will be rooting for.

Oh, in case you are wondering, milk was $3.75 per gallon and gas, $2.10 per gallon in 2004. Diapers, $2.59 but don’t know if that was the cost for one or by the pound. Assume the diapers were clean.

5 Things
Five things about the White Sox:
**8-8 in interleague play, same record as the Phillies.
**23-10 on May 9; 36-53 since.
**14-21 since the All-Star Game.
**493 runs scored rank last in A. L.
**414 walks issued are second-most in A. L.

Phil-Ins

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Peter Bourjos (3-10) and Jimmy Paredes (2-9) are only Phillies who have batted in U.S. Cellular Field . . . Phillies leading hitters on the road are Cesar Hernandez (.321) (photo), Odubel Herrera (.296) and Cameron Rupp (.292) . . . Ryan Howard has 195 homers at home, 181 on the road.

Minor League Report
Transactions
Lehigh Valley, added INF Taylor Featherston; released OF David Lough.
Reading, LHR Joey DeNato transferred from Clearwater.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (76-54), International League North Division. 2nd place, 5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.

Lost, 5-3, to SWB. LP: Hoby Milner (0-1). LV had 7 singles, 1 triple, 12 LOB. Darin Ruf, 2-5, RBI. SS J.P. Crawford, 0-2, R, RBI, 3 BB . . . Ben Lively (8-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton in final regular season game between the clubs.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5 . . . IronPigs have 4.5 game lead over Rochester for the wildcard berth.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (82-45), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4.5-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.

Lost, 5-2, at Akron. LP: Tyler Viza (4-5), 6-8-3-3-2-5. 3B Mitch Walding, 2 of Reading’s 6 hits and the lone extra-base hit, HR (3). Walding had 9 HR at Clearwater before promotion . . . Mark Leiter (6-2), 7:05 tonight in Akron.

Postseason: Top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (35-22), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games
behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.

Season resumes 7:00 tonight vs. Brevard County, Brandon Leibrandt (2-1).

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. To qualify, Clearwater needs to win the 2nd half.

Lakewood BlueClaws (34-23), South Atlantic League North Division.  1st place, 3 game lead, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.

Won Sunday’s suspended game, 9-6, and the regularly-scheduled game, 3-1, in Delmarva to stretch winning streak to 7 games . . . Suspended game: WP Scott Harris (1-0). SV: Sutter McLoughlin (10). Grant Dyer, 5-3-1-1-0-5 . . . Regular game: WP Jose Taveras (7-6), 5-3-1-1-2-9. SV: Jacob Waguespage (6). RF Jose Pujols, 3-4, HR (24), 2 RBI . . . LF Cornelius Randolph, 4-9, 4 RBI . . . CF Mark Laird, 2-7, 2 R, 2 BB, SB . . . Harold Arauz (3-6), 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. Lakewood needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason.

Williamsport Crosscutters (32-29), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 8 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.

Lost DH to Auburn, 1-0 and 3-1.  Cutters had 7 hits for the night, 3 by SS Chandler Hall
. . . Bailey Falter (1-6), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3. In the wildcard race, Cutters are in 3rd place, 2.5 games behind.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (37-14), Northwest Division. 2nd place, .010 behind Blue Jays.  Season ends September 1.

Improved August record to 16-4 with a 4-2 win over the Pirates in Bradenton. WP: Will Stewart (2-2), 5-3-0-0-1-4. SV: Jose Nin (6); 13 G, 14.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 12 SO. SS Cole Stobbe, 2-3, 2B (7), HR (3), 2 RBI; last 3 G, 5-9, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI.  RF Malvin Matos, HR (2), SB . . . 12 noon today vs. Pirates at Carpenter Complex.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff.  Winners advance to championship, best-of-3. Phillies need to win the division to quality for the postseason.

This Date
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.

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5-4 Homestand

After the Cardinals powered their way to two wins over the weekend, it’s sort of hard to believe the Phillies finished the nine-game homestand with a 5-4 record.

The Phillies came close to winning two weekend games but Jeanmar Gomez gave up a two-run homer to Jedd Gyorko with one out in the ninth to tie the game on Friday night. St. Louis won in 11 innings.  Ironically, the same scenario came up Saturday night…a two-run lead in the 9th facing the same St. Louis hitters.  This time Gomez got Gyorko to bounce into a game-ending double play.

St. Louis hit seven home runs in the three games to pad their National League lead. Over the nine games, the enemy went deep 24 times, the Phillies 13. The Phillies’ streak of homering in 14 straight games ended Sunday.

Phil-Ins
Jeremy Hellickson became the Phillies first 10-game winner on Saturday night since Kyle Kendrick was 10-13 in 2014 . . . The Phillies are 10-8 in August with eight games remaining . . . Phillies flew to Chicago after the game and have a day off in the windy city today. Two-game series against the White Sox starts Tuesday night . . . Phillies are 8-8 in interleague play  . . .  Another day off Thursday is followed by a weekend series against the Mets in New York.

Minor League Report
With two weeks left in their respective seasons all 6 Phillies minor league teams are in the running for postseason play.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (76-54), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.

Won a DH on Friday, lost Saturday and rained out on Sunday in Syracuse.  That game was canceled as it was the last meeting of the two clubs . . . 4-3 W, Friday, 1st game-Phil Klein (3-1), 6.1-5-3-2-1-9; runs came in B7, snapping a scoreless streak of 18 innings . . . 3-2, 8-inning W, Friday, 2nd game-WP: Elvis Araujo (1-0) . . . Luis Garcia saved both games, #9-10 . . . 6-5 L on Saturday; Syracuse WP: Justin DeFratus (1-1).

OF Cam Perkins, 5-13 weekend, 2B, RBI, SB . . . 1B/DH Brock Stassi, 3-8, HR (11), 3 RBI . . . 1B-DH-LF Darin Ruf, 5-9, 2B, HR (18), 4 RBI.

Anthony Vasquez (3-0), 7:05 tonight vs, 1st-place Scranton.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5 . . . IronPigs have the best record for a non-division winner.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (82-44), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4.5-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.

Took 3 of 4 in Erie . . . Friday night, 9-1 W in July 31 suspended game (Reading led 2-0 after 1.5 Innings). WP: Ricardo Pinto (5-4), 8-5-1-1-3-4 . . . 10-6 in regularly scheduled game, WP: Alexis Rivero (1-1) . . . 5-2 on Saturday, WP: John Richy (3-3), 6-6-1-1-2-4. SV: Miguel Nunez (16) . . . 12-4 L Sunday, LP: Tom Eshelman (4-4), 3-10-8-6-1-4.

RF/CF Dylan Cozens in DH Friday, 5-9, 2B (26), 2 HR (36-37), 6 RBI (114), SB (20); rest of weekend, 0-8, SB (21) . . . CF/RF Ramon Quinn, 4-14, in 3 games, 3B (6), HR (4), 2 RBI, 2 SB (28-29), 2 assists . . . C Jorge Alfaro, 4-9, in 2 games, 2 2B, HR (13), 4 RBI . . . LF Andrew Pullin on Sunday, 2B (9), 2 HR (9-10), 2 RBI.

Tyler Viza (4-4), 7:05 tonight in Akron.

Postseason: Top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (35-22), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.

Won 2 of 3 vs. Daytona . . . 8-3 L Friday: Elniery Garcia (10-4), 5-9-5-5-1-1 . . . 5-1 W Saturday: Will Morris (8-3), 5.2-4-1-1-2-4 . . . 15-0, 19-hit romp Sunday: Drew Anderson (2-1), 5-3-0-0-1-4.

OF Zach Coppola, 8-13, weekend, 3 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB . . . OF Aaron Brown, 4-19, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 2 BB . . . C Chace Numata, had a 16-game hitting streak end Saturday night; was 5-6, 3 R, 2 RBI on Sunday . . . OF Jiandido Tromp, 4-4, 3 R, 2 2B, RBI on Saturday.

Day off today.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. To qualify, Clearwater needs to win the 2nd half.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-23), South Atlantic League North Division.  1st place, 2 game lead, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.

2 wins and a suspended game on Sunday. Have won 5 of last 6, 11 of 15 . . . 8-2 Friday W: Alberto Tirado (5-1), 5-3-0-0-2-9; in last 4 starts, 35 SO in 21 IP . . . 4-2 Saturday W: Seranthony Dominquez (3-2), 6-2-1-1-1-9, career high SO; SV: Sutter McLoughlin (9).

OF Mark Laird, 5-10, R, 2 RBI, SB . . . C-1B Wilson Garcia, 4-9 . . . 2B Grenny Cumana, 3-7, 3 R . . . SS Emanuel Marrero, 3-7, 2 R, 2 HR (3-4), 2 RBI . . . RF Jose Pujols, 23rd HR, new cub record; Jim Murray (2011) and Juan Richardson (2001) shared the old record.

Bullpen in 5:05 tonight, complete the suspended game to be followed by the regularly-scheduled game in Delmarva, Jose Taveras.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. Lakewood needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason.

Williamsport Crosscutters (32-27), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 8 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.

2 wins and a Sunday rain out . . . 3-2 Friday W vs. State College, Cole Irvin (4-1), 5-3-2-2-1-4. SV: Blake Quinn (2), 4-1-0-0-2-7 . . . 4-3 Saturday W vs. Auburn, JoJo Romero (2-1), 6-8-2-2-0-5. SV: Will Hibbs (3).

Weekend HR: 1B Brett Barbier (2), 2B Evan Rogers (1).

Ranger Suarez (5-2) and Felix Paulino (1-3), 5:05 DH tonight vs. Auburn.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3. In the wildcard race, Cutters are in 3rd place, 2 games behind.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (36-14), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 1 game behind Blue Jays.  Season ends September 1.

6-3 Friday W at Braves, Nick Fanti (7-0), 5-4-1-0-0-6. SS Cole Stobbe, 2 H, 2 R, HR (2), 2 RBI. DH Lenin Rodriquez, 2 H, R, RBI. 3B Raul Rivas, 2 H, R, RBI . . . 3-0 Saturday W vs. Braves, Mauricio Llovera (7-1), 5th straight W, 19 consecutive scoreless inning streak, 5-3-0-0-0-3. SV: Tyler Frohwirth (8) . . . 2B Dan Brito, 2B (9), HR (2), RBI.

12 noon today vs. Pirates in Bradenton.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff.  Winners advance to championship, best-of-3. Phillies need to win the division to quality for the postseason.

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).

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Franco Comes Through

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Jared Eickhoff settled in after a rough start to keep the Phillies in the game and Maikel Franco delivered a two-run, game-winning homer in the seventh for a 5-4 come-from-behind Phillies win.

Nine pitches into the game, Eickhoff trailed 3-0, as he gave up two singles and a homer.  He allowed only one more run in his six innings, ending the streak of eight straight starts in which a Phillies starter didn’t get to the sixth. He now leads the staff with 149.2 innings.

The bullpen of Michael Mariot, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez retired all nine Dodgers, throwing a total of 35 pitches.

Franco’s homer (#22) landed in the shrubbery behind the center field fence.  Ryan Howard earlier sent one into the same area, his 19th.

Phil-Ins
Phillies finished with an 18-15 record vs. the NL west . . . Howard’s homer was career #376, matching Carlton Fisk for 75th place on the all-time list . . . Ryan and Tommy Joseph have combined for 32 home runs, most in the majors at first base. . . Mariot has two wins in the majors, one over the Angels (with Royals in 2014) and last night against the Dodgers.  He was born in the Los Angeles area . . . St. Louis, riding a four-game winning streak, follows for three weekend games.  Cardinals took three of four from Phillies in their own yard back in early May . . . Fans will receive a replica Harry Kalas statue tomorrow night, courtesy of Toyota.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Cardinals
**Road record (36-23) superior to home (28-33).
**NL leader in home runs (166); 91 on the road.
**Have used the DL 11 times since July 1.
**18-21 at Citizens Bank Park.
**Once won 20 in a row from Phillies, 7/15/27-7/20/28.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (74-51), International League North Division. 2nd place, 3.5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.

Lost, 2-1, in 12 innings in Syracuse. ND: Nick Pivetta, 6-3-0-0-2-9; S0 are a season high. LP: Dalier Hinojosa (1-2). Cody Asche, playing 3B for the 2nd straight game, 2 of LV’s 5 H, including a HR (3) . . . Phil Klein (2-1) and James Russell (3-5), 5:05 DH tonight in Syracuse

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (79-43), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.

Defeated Richmond, 6-3, and boarded a bus for a trip across the state for a weekend series in Erie. WP: Mark Leiter (6-2), 6-8-1-1-0-8. SV: Jimmy Cordero (1). CF Roman Quinn, 3 H, including 2b (11), R, RBI, BB. RF Dylan Cozens, 2B (35), RBI (108) . . . Ricardo Pinto (4-4), 4:35 this evening in Erie.

Postseason: Top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (33-21), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 2 games behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.

Won, 3-2, in Tampa. WP: Luke Leftwich (3-3), 6.1-5-1-1-1-4; including Lakewood, he’s 10-6.  SV: Matt Hockenberry (6). DH Jiandido Tromp, 1B, 3B, 2 RBI . . . Elneiry Garcia (10-3), 6:15 tonight vs. Daytona.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (30-23), South Atlantic League North Division.  1st place, 1 game lead, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.

Lost, 4-2, to Hickory. Out-hit Hickory, 12-5, but were 1-15 RISP. ND: Tyler Gilbert, 5-4-2-2-1-4. 3B Damek Tomscha, 1B, 2 2B (27-28) . . . Alberto Tirado (4-1), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (30-27), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 8.5 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.

5th straight loss was 5-4 to State College. ND: Adonis Medina, 4-5-2-2-1-1. Cutters had 8 H but struck out 12 times . . . 1B Darick Hall, 2 H, including 12th 2B . . . Cole Irvin (3-1), 7:05 tonight vs. State College.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (34-14), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 1 game behind Blue Jays.  Season ends September 1.

Lost, 4-1, when Yankees East scored 3 B8 in Tampa. ND: Sixto Sanchez, 5-4-1-1-0-6; 29 consecutive scoreless inning streak ended in the 1st inning. LF Josh Stephen, 4-12, in last 3 games, 2 RBI, 5th SB. CF Mickey Moniak, 9th 2B; leads club with .302 average. Sanchez, Stephen and Moniak are all 18 years of age . . . 12 noon vs. Braves in Orlando. Saturday, 10 a.m. vs. Braves at Carpenter Complex.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff.  Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

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

August 19, 1978

Happy Days
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.

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

For more daily phlashbacks visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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Starting Pitching Woes

The young Phillies starting pitchers continue to struggle. For the eighth straight game a starter didn’t reach six innings.  Pitching behind in the count, high pitch counts and the long ball have prevailed.

Last night Jake Thompson tossed 103 pitches in five innings and gave up two homers.  Later Edubray Ramos was tagged for another long ball giving the Dodgers 14 in just five games against the Phillies.  It was LA’s fourth win in five games over the past two weeks. The one Phillies win came when they didn’t allow a home run.

Meanwhile, the Phillies offense produced just two runs.  Twice they left the bases loaded, including the sixth inning when they couldn’t score with no out. For the game, 1-9 RISP, a familiar tune.

Phil-Ins
Since July 27, Phillies starters have thrown 95.2 innings; relievers, 73.l . . . The Phillies have given up the second highest number of homers in the league, 156. The Reds lead with 193 . . . 12 of Tommy Joseph’s 16 home runs are solo . . . Cesar Hernandez has reached base for in straight games, longest since Darin Ruf’s 33-game streak, September 25, 2012 to August 6, 2013 . . . New reliever Frank Herrmann is a Harvard University grad, the fourth such grad in Phillies history and first since 1B Tony Lupien (1944-45) . . . Homestand ends with a weekend series against the Cardinals starting Friday night.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (74-50), International League North Division. 2nd place, 3.5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.

Won, 9-4, vs. Pawtucket. WP: Ben Lively (8-5), 6-5-3-3-2-4. DH Cam Perkins, 3 H, RBI. CF Nick Williams, 2B, 3 RBI. LF Darin Ruf, HR (17), 2 RBI. 1B Brock Stassi, HR (10), 3 RBI . . . Nick Pivetta (0-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-43), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.

Lost for 5th time in last 6 games, 2-1, getting just 4 H. RF Dylan Cozens, HR (35), RBI (107). ND: Tyler Viza, 6.2-7-1-1-3-4. LP: Miguel Nunez (4-2). Cozens’ HR was Reading’s 159th, breaking the 2004 club record.  He has homered in 3 straight games for the second time this season and has 8 in last 14 G, including 18 RBI . . . Mark Leiter (5-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Richmond.

Postseason: Top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (32-21), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 3.5 games behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.

Won, 6-3, in Tampa, a game that included a 1:13 rain delay. WP: Yacksel Rios (3-3). RF Aaron Brown, HR (2), 2 RBI. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (17), 2 RBI. C Chace Numata, 1 H, 2 R, 2 BB; has hit in all 14 games this month, .352 . . . Luke Leftwich (2-3), 7:00 tonight in Tampa.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (30-22), South Atlantic League North Division.  1st place, 1 game lead, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.

Won 3rd in a row, 1-0, over Hickory. ND: Harold Arauz, 6-3-0-0-0-2. WP: Edgar Garcia (4-1). SV: Ismael Cabrera (3). LF Cornelius Randolph, 2 H, game-winning RBI in B8 . . . Tyler Gilbert (6-8), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (30-26), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 7.5 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.

Lost 4th in a row, 5-3, at State College . . . LP: Bailey Falter (1-6), 5-6-3-2-1-4. 1B Darick Hall, 2 H, 3 RBI . . . Adonis Medina (4-2), 7:05 tonight vs. State College. Cutters are 19-7 at home.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (34-13), Northwest Division. 2nd place, .010 behind Blue Jays.  Season ends September 1.

Won, 5-3, over the Yankees East at Carpenter Complex. WP: Luis Carrasco (5-2), 5-4-2-2-1-7. SV: Tyler Frohwirth (7). CF Josh Stephen, 2 H, 2 RBI . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees East in Tampa.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff.  Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Where Is He?

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Paul Hagen’s latest story on a former Phillies player features Dave Cash, the “Yes We Can” second baseman. It’s posted at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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.

Mike Liberthal caught his 1,125th game as a member of the Phillies (a 6-4 loss to the Washington Nationals), surpassing Red Dooin as the all-time leader.

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.

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Utley’s Hollywood Script

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Chase Utley, one of the greatest and most popular players in Phillies history, returned to the field where he starred for so many years.  He put on a show only Hollywood could script.

In case you missed his performance: a 427-foot home run into the bullpen in his third at-bat, a walk (fourth AB) to start an eight-run seventh inning, a grand slam to end that inning, a long ovation when he came to bat for the first time, and curtain calls after his two homers.  He smiled as he acknowledged the first ovation but didn’t smile again in the 15-5 Dodgers romp.

Only in baseball can a visiting player put on such a show and receive such a respectful reception.  There’s no passion like that in the NBA, NFL or NHL.

Chase’s first hit for the Phillies was a grand slam at Veterans Stadium, his only homer there.  In his first game back at Citizens Bank Park, a grand slam. He certainly has a flair for the dramatic.

Through all this Utley mania I thought it would be interesting to locate a report by one of the Phillies scouts prior to the 2000 June draft.  Here’s what Paul Scott filed after seeing Chase play three games at UCLA in late May of that year:

“Live, athletic body.  Long arms, small waist.  Quiet, but aggressive.  Quick bat.  Sneaky power.  Good, soft hands.  Good instincts and good baserunner.  Active, moves around a lot.  Can drive the ball the other way.  Hitch in swing, but hands and bat are in good position at trigger.  He will be a starting second baseman on a pennant winner.  Top of the order hitter.  Should move through the system quickly.”

I would say Paul Scott really nailed that report.

Phil-Ins
Ryan Howard homered, his 194th and most at CBP; Utley’s 129 are second.  The pair homered in the same game for the 52nd time . . . Phillies pitchers have seven straight starts of not pitching into the sixth inning; 15 times in last 18 starts . . . Vince Velasquez has given up 17 home runs, six to the Dodgers in two starts . . .  Cesar Hernandez has reached base in 22 consecutive games, matching Peter Bourjos for the club high this season.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (72-51), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4.5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.

Won, 1-0, over Pawtucket.  WP: Colton Murray (2-2), 2nd of 3 pitchers. SV: Luis Gomez (8).  LV held to 4 hits, one being a solo HR by LF Darin Ruf (16) in the 7th inning. SS J.P. Crawford missed 7th straight game with an oblique injury . . . Ben Lively (7-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-42), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.

Held to 3 hits, Reading lost, 5-1, to Richmond. LP: Tom Eshelman (4-3), 6-6-3-2-0-7. RF Dylan Cozens, HR (34) . . . Tyler Viza (4-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Richmond.

Postseason: Top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (31-21), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 4 games behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.

Spilt a pair of 7-inning shutouts vs. Tampa . . . Won opener, 7-0. WP: Brandon Leibrandt (2-1), 5-1-0-0-2-5 . . . Lost, 1-0, despite allowing 1 hit, a lead-off single in the 6th inning . . . LF Jiandido Tromp, 5 H, 3 R, 2 2B, RBI in the DH . . . Shane Watson (4-5), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-22), South Atlantic League North Division.  1st place, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.

Won a double header of 7-innings each vs. Hickory . . . 3-1 in opener. WP: Franklyn Kilome (6-8), 5.1-3-1-1-4-6. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (8). LF Mark Laird, HR (1) . . . 1-0 in 2nd game. WP: Jose Taveras (6-8), 7-2-0-0-1-7 . . . Harold Arauz (3-6), 7:05 tonight  vs. Hickory.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (30-25), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6.5 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.

LF Jesus Alastre was 2-2 with a SB in the NYP League All-Star Game last night. RHP Adonis Medina, 1-2-1-1-0-3 for the winning South squad . . . Season resumes, 7:05 tonight in State College, Ranger Suarez (5-2).

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (33-13), Northwest Division. 2nd place, .010 behind Blue Jays.  Season ends September 1.

5-game winning streak ended with 2-1 loss vs. Blue Jays; winning run came in T9. CF Mickey Moniak, 2-3, R, 2B (8), BB; hitting .313 . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees East at Carpenter Complex.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff.  Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

This Date

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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.

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 104 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.

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Chase Is Back

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He was drafted by the Dodgers out of high school, didn’t sign, went to UCLA, drafted by the Phillies, signed and wound up at their greatest second baseman. Welcome home Chase Utley.

Starting tonight and for the next two nights, Utley will be back in Citizens Bank Park where performed for 13 years. Six of those were All-Star seasons.  He made his Phillies debut as a 24-year-old and will make his Dodgers debut in Philly at 37.  He’ll wear that familiar #26, only this time it is blue.  One would image there will be a lot of Utley jerseys in the stands, but Phillies red.

Chase is meeting with the media at 4:15 this afternoon in the Media Room, located on the service level between the two clubhouses. He’ll make that familiar walk after entering the park in right field.  This time he’ll walk by the Phillies clubhouse instead of making a right turn. Chances are Chase won’t get lost finding the LA clubhouse.

It was a similar route his longtime double play partner, Jimmy Rollins, made a year ago when he was wearing a Dodgers uniform and playing shortstop. His first game back was August 4. J-Roll struck out in his first at-bat against Jerome Williams.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Dodgers:
**LA won 2 of 3 vs. Phillies last week in LA.
**Have 20-18 edge in Citizens Bank Park.
**16 players are currently on the DL of which 13 are pitchers.
**Opponents’ batting .216, 2nd lowest in the NL.
**Ex-Phillie Joe Blanton is in their pen.

Phil-Ins
Ryan Howard has 2,898 total bases, tying Chuck Klein for fifth place on the Phillies all-time list . . . Cesar Hernandez has reached base in 21 consecutive games . . . Phillies are 37-37 in night games and 17-13 vs. NL West . . . Eight different Phillies have played left field . . . Speaking of left field, Tom McCarthy, Ben Davis and Matt Stairs will be broadcasting tonight’s game for Comcast SportsNet from Harry The K’s restaurant.  While doing a game from the left field seats two years ago, McCarthy caught a home run.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (August 8-15)
OF Jose Pujols, Lakewood… Pujols, 20, batted .357 (10-28) with four doubles, two home runs, three RBI, four walks, four runs and a 1.152 OPS in seven games. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games overall, raising his season average by 19 points. Pujols leads the South Atlantic League with 22 home runs, ranks second in RBI (74), third in total bases (194) and is tied for fourth in extra-base hits (44). The Dominican Republic native was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 2, 2012.

RHP Phil Klein, Lehigh Valley… The 27-year-old Klein made two starts for Lehigh Valley, 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA (1 ER, 13.0 IP), 0.62 WHIP (2 BB, 6 H), 21 strikeouts and a .136 opponents’ batting average. He set a career high with 10 strikeouts in just 5.0 innings on August 9, only to set a new career high one start later when he recorded 11 strikeouts over 8.0 shutout innings. He has a 1.64 ERA (7 ER, 38.1 IP) with 46 strikeouts in Lehigh Valley this season. Klein, who was also named International League Pitcher of the Week, was selected off waivers by the Phillies from Texas on June 19, 2016.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (72-50), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4.5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.
Lost, 5-1, to Pawtucket, getting just 6 singles.  LP: David Buchanan (8-8), 6.1-8-5-3-2-4. 2 hits each for LF Darin Ruf and Brock Stassi . . . Third base umpire was John Bacon. Happy to report Bacon didn’t eject an IronPig.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-41), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.
Season resumes, 7:05 tonight vs. Richmond, Tom Eshelman (4-2).

Postseason: Top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (30-20), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 3.5 games behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.
Lost 2nd straight to Dunedin, 4-1, getting only 3 singles. LP: Drew Anderson (1-1), 5-3-1-0-1-8. C Chace Numata, 1-4, extending hitting streak to 11 games . . . Brandon Leibrandt (1-1) and Ranfi Casimiro (8-8), 5:05 DH tonight in Tampa.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (27-22), South Atlantic League North Division.  3rd, .5-game behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.
Season resumes, 5:05 DH tonight vs. Hickory, Franklyn Kilome (4-8) and Jose Taveras (5-8).

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (30-25), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6.5 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.
All-Star Game tonight in Hudson Valley.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (33-12), Northwest Division. 1st place, 1 game lead over Blue Jays. Season ends September 1.
Won a DH vs. Blue Jays in Dunedin to take over 1st place. Improved road record to 18-5 . . . 7-5 1st game; WP: Kyle Young (2-0); SV: Jhon Nunez (3) . . . 4-0 in 7-inning 2nd game. WP: Mauricio Llovera (6-1), his 4th straight W, 5-2-0-0-1-6. Jose Nin, 1 IP; 0.00 ERA for 10 G, 11.2 IP . . . Double header hitting leaders: 2B Dan Brito, 4 H, 3 R, 2B, 3B, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB, SB; SS Cole Stobbe, 3 H, 4 R, 2B, HR (1), RBI . . . 7:00 tonight vs. Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff.  Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

This Date
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.

00 Kalas statue

August 16, 2011–Statue of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas is unveiled in pre-
game ceremony at Citizens Bank Park.  Fans attending this Saturday night’s game (St.
Louis) will receive a replica of the statue, courtesy of Toyota.

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Entertaining Weekend

It was listed as Alumni Weekend, brought to you by Toyota. It should have been Toyota Heat Index Weekend. Anyway, grab a cold water bottle for a review of a very interesting and entertaining weekend.

Muggy Friday

00 Thome WOF
Jim Thome became the 38th legend inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame . . . Ryan Howard escorted Jim’s children, Lila and Landon, to the stage and presented him with his copy of the WOF plaque . . . 13-year-old Lila sang the anthem and received a louder response than the introduction of Charlie Manuel . . . On the night they honored his predecessor, Howard hit a towering home run with the bases loaded and drove in five runs. Hollywood couldn’t have written a better script . . . Thome, seated next to Bobby Abreu in Suite 73, stood and cheered as did the crowd on Howard’s blast that ended in the Colorado bullpen which is next to the Wall of Fame display.

Jake Thompson won his first major league game and did something that happened only  one other time in Phillies history.  Thanks to a strikeout/wild pitch, he wound up striking out four batters in one inning (second). Left-hander Doc White did that for the Phillies in the fifth inning vs. Brooklyn in 1902.

Sultry Saturday
Larry Bowa received the John Vukovich Award pre-game from Nikki and Vince, Vuk’s children.  Vuk and Bowa are Sacramento’s gift to the Phillies . . . 49 former players were introduced, an Alumni Night tradition.  Oldest was 89-year-old Don Hasenmayer who, at 18 years of age, started at third base for the Phillies 71 years ago . . . Youngest at 39 years of age, Randy Wolf and Pat Burrell . . . Biggest ovation went to Manuel . . .
Led by Howard, the current players and Alumni mingled following the introductions . . . Wolf symbolically retired as a Phillie by throwing out the first ball. The catcher was Randy’s brother, Jim, a major league umpire who was on vacation.  Randy had no idea until Jim took off the mask. “Totally surprised,” beamed Randy . . . Thome joined Phillies Phanatic in shooting hot dogs to the crowd during the game.  As they entered the field from the right field corner, Thome accidently fired the first hot dog and nearly drilled Charlie Blackmon, the Rockies’ centerfielder.

The game’s outcome turned out to be a first in Phillies history.  Elias Sports Bureau:
“The Phillies defeated the Rockies 6-3 despite collecting fewer singles (7-4), doubles (3-1), triples (1-0), and home runs (2-1) than Colorado. Philadelphia entered Saturday 0-202 in the modern era (since 1900) when being out-singled, out-doubled, out-tripled, and out-homered in a game.” I have no idea how the Elias staff can dig up such notes.

Stifling Sunday

00 Polly
With Carlos Ruiz behind the plate, Placido Polanco became the latest player to retire as a Phillie with the ceremonial first ball . . . Wolf joined the Phanatic in shooting hot dogs this time . . . With Jeanmar Gomez getting his second straight save in two games the Phillies won, 7-6.  It was his 31st save.  Prior to this season, he had appeared in 159 major league games and had one save . . . The Rockies and Phillies combined for 22 hits and 22 LOB . . . Cesar Hernandez extended his streak of reaching base to 21 games . . . Since Citizens Bank Park opened, the Phillies are 8-1-4 against Colorado.  That lone series loss was last year . . . Fourth straight win for the Phillies for first time since July 3-4-5-6 . . . Blackmon homered three times Friday, struck out three times Saturday and homered twice on Sunday.  Five homers in three games is a CBP record.

Minor League Report
Transactions
Reading: CF Osmel Aguila, transferred from Lehigh Valley.
Clearwater, OF Nerlis Rodriguez transferred from Lakewood.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (72-49), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Won 1-0 Sunday after 4-2 and 6-0 losses to Indianapolis. Offense produced 12 singles, one double and one home run in the series . . . WP: Phil Klein (2-1), 8-2-0-0-2-11, career high in SO; SV: Hoby Milner (1), 1-1-0-0-0-1; 1st AAA save . . . 4-2 loss Saturday was a 13-inning game that included a 1:32 rain delay.  Brock Stassi, that night, 3-4, HR (9), RBI and the losing pitcher, 1-3-2-2-1-0, as LV’s 6th pitcher . . . David Buchanan (8-7), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-41), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3-game lead over Trenton.
Lost 2 of 3 in Altoona, the Western Division leader. 6-5 W on Sunday ended a 3-game losing streak. WP: Gregory Infante (4-2); SV: Miguel Nunez (15). Roman Quinn played RF Friday and recorded 3 assists. Dylan Cozens was in RF the other two games, 34th 2B, 33rd HR . . . Day off today.

Clearwater Threshers (30-19), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2.5 games behind Dunedin, 2nd half, with 21 games remaining.
Lost, 5-3 and won, 5-2, in Lakeland and lost, 9-2, yesterday in Dunedin. WP: Elneiry Garcia (10-3), 6-5-0-0-0-5 . . . C Chace Numada, 5-13, weekend, extending hitting streak to 10 games . . . 1B Kyle Martin homered in each of last 2 games, #15-16 . . . Threshers played 3 day games in Lakeland, Thursday-Saturday, and drew a total of  502 fans.  Attendance for Dunedin game, 575 . . . 7 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (26-21), South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd place, 1/2-game out of 1st place, 2nd half.
Lost 2 of 3 in Kannapolis . . . 6-1 W came Sunday, Alberto Tirado (4-1), 6-3-1-1-0-9 SV: Grant Dyer (1), 3-1-0-0-0-6 . . . 2-1 loss Sunday ended with a 9-2 double play with the bases-loaded and 1 out in T9 . . . RF Jose Pujols, 6-11 weekend, including 22nd HR. SS Emanuel Marrero, 6-10, 2 RBI . . . Day off today.

Williamsport Crosscutters (29-24), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6.5 games behind State College.
Were swept in Mahoning Valley scoring 2 runs in each game and totaling 15 hits. LF Enmanuel Garcia, HR in each of last 2 games, #2-3 . . . 2 day All-Star Game break starts today.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (31-12), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 1 game behind Blue Jays.
Beat Yankees West twice, 2-1, 7-6. WP: Sixto Sanchez (4-0), 5-3-0-0-1-5, lowered ERA to 0.42; has 29 consecutive scoreless innings. Game ended on an 8-2-5 double play . . . WP Saturday: Nick Fanti (6-1), 5-6-2-2-1-3 . . . . . . 12 noon vs. Blue Jays in Dunedin.

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.

Terence John Mulholland Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Left Height: 6' 3", Weight: 200 lb. Born: March 9, 1963 in Uniontown, PA (Age 52.248) High School: Laurel Highlands HS (Uniontown, PA) School: Marietta College (Marietta, OH) Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 1984 amateur draft. (All Transactions) Debut: June 8, 1986 (Age 23.091, 12,782nd in MLB history)   vs. CIN 7.1 IP, 5 H, 6 SO, 3 BB, 1 ER Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1986 season [*] Teams (by GP): Phillies/Cubs/Twins/Giants/Braves/... 1986-2006 Agents: Joe Bick [*] Last Game: June 3, 2006 (Age 43.086)   vs. ATL 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB

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 and eighth of
the 1990 season, a major league record.

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Thome Big Hit

Home Sweet Home
After playing 16 of their last 19 games on the road, the players enjoyed a day off yesterday.  The Phillies and Giants have played the fewest home games (54) but that’s about to change.  For the Phillies the next nine games are at Citizens Bank Park where they are 25-29.  It all begins tonight against the Colorado Rockies. Phillies and Rockies split four games in Denver last month.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Rockies:
**They lost, 5-4, to the Rangers’ Jake Diekman on Wednesday and beat him with a 5-run eighth yesterday, 12-9, splitting a 2-game series in Texas.
**Lead the league in runs scored (603); allowed third most runs (583).
**Hitting .304 at home; .249 on the road.
**Rookie OF David Dahl has begun his big league career hitting in 17 straight games which ties an NL record.
**They are 17-27 at Citizens Bank Park.

Big Hit

00 Alumni luncheon
A sold out crowd packed the Diamond Club yesterday for the annual Alumni Luncheon that kicks off the Toyota Alumni Weekend.  Jim Thome, being inducted into the Wall of Fame tonight (festivities begin at 7), was the honoree.

In my 50-plus years with the Phillies, Jim may be the most genuine and humble player with whom I’ve dealt.  Those two traits were evident during the luncheon.  The format was to surprise Jim with guests who would then join him and host Scott Palmer on the stage.

Sleepy-looking Larry Bowa was first (“We didn’t get home from LA until 3 this morning”). Then, Ed Wade, Bobby Abreu, Rheal Cormier, Mike Schmidt and Charlie Manuel.  “I knew Chuck (Manuel) would have to be on the list,” Thome laughed.

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During the closing ceremonies of the Vet, Schmidt and Thome hugged after they touched home plate for the last time.  Schmidt grabbed Jim’s left arm and raised it in the air, “passing the torch as the Phillies new power hitter,” Mike explained.  “I have that photo hanging in my home. It was such a special moment.  As a kid, I used to watch Mike hit all those home runs at Wrigley Field and now we were together,” said Thome.

Comcast SportsNet will air the luncheon next Monday evening, time to be determined.

Moving Up
Phillies all-time list for most extra-base hits:
Mike Schmidt, 1,015
Jimmy Rollins, 806
Ed Delahanty, 670
Ryan Howard, 669

Rehabbing Injured Players
Aaron Altherr began the season rehabbing in Clearwater following surgery. He’s one of many major league and minor leaguers who have spent time in Clearwater rehabbing.  What exactly is the program?  Check http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a story on the Phillies’ program that takes place at Carpenter Field.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (71-47), International League North Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Won, 4-1, over SWB in a game called after 5 by rain at PNC Field. WP: Anthony Vasquez (3-0), 5-4-1-1-1-4. Combined with Reading, he’s 11-3. LF Nick Williams, 2 H, RBI . . . Adam Morgan (6-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (77-39), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3-game lead over Trenton.
Rained out in Binghamton.  Game canceled as it was the last meeting between the two teams . . . Mark Leiter (6-1), 7:00 tonight in Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (29-17), Florida State League North Division. Trail 1st-place Dunedin by ½ game, 2nd half.
Split a pair of 7-inning games in Lakeland before 165 fans . . . Game 1: 9-2 loss. LP: Shane Watson, (4-5), 5-8-5-4-0-8, 3 HR . . . Game 2: 1-0 win. WP: Brandon Leibrandt (1-1), 6-4-0-0-2-6, 1 PO. SV: Matt Hockenberry (5). C Austin Bossart, game-winning SF with 1 out in T7. OF Aaron Brown, 3-6, in the DH . . . Luke Leftwwich (2-3), 1 p.m. today in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-19), South Atlantic League North Division. .5-game lead over Kannapolis, 2nd half.
5-game winning streak ended, 3-1, in Kannapolis. LP: Harold Arauz (3-6), 4.2-5-2-2-2-2. LF Cornelius Randolph, HR (2), RBI. 3B Jan Hernandez, 2 2B. CF Carlos Duran, 2 H. Team was 0-8 RISP . . . Tyler Gilbert (6-7), 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 5.5 games behind State College.
A pair of 7-inning games vs. Hudson Valley were scheduled to begin at 5:05 p.m. 1-0 win in 1st game that included a 3:38 rain delay. WP: Will Hibbs (3-1). 2nd game started at 11:24 p.m. wound up a 2-2 tie, called after a 25-minute delay by rain.  It was last meeting this season between the two teams . . . JoJo Romero (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (29-12), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Blue Jays.
Won, 7-1, over Tigers W.  WP: Luis Carrasco (4-2), 5-0-0-0-1-4. DH Jhailyn Ortiz, 2-4, HR (7), 2 RBI. 1B Danny Zardon, 2 H, R. RF Ben Pelletier, 2 H, R. 3B Raul Rivas, 4-5 . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees West at Carpenter Complex. Same 2 teams at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Tampa.

This Date

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August 12, 1987–2B Juan Samuel becomes the first major league player to reach
double figures in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases in his first four big league
seasons as Phillies sink visiting Chicago, 13-7.  Eighth-inning grand slam is Sammy’s
22nd homer, breaking Granny Hamner’s club record for a 2B set in 1953.

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

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, 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.

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Book Signing
I’ll be signing my new book, The Fightin’ Phils, from12:30 to 1:30 on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.  Location: Section 111 in the main concourse.

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Trip-Ending W

Dodger Stadium was a mini-reunion of the 2008 World Champion Phillies on Monday night.  Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz were still wearing gray uniforms with Phillies in red across their chests.  Onn the other side, Chase Utley was about to play his first game against the Phillies.  It was obvious because he was wearing Dodger blue.

The scene shifts to Citizens Bank Park next Tuesday night, the start of a three-game series with the Dodgers.  That’s another story for another day.

The Dodgers were battling the Giants for first place.  The Phillies were finishing a six-game southern California trip, the end of 16 road games out of 19.  With Utley going 3-9 with a home run and two runs scored, the Dodgers powered their way to wins in the first two games.

Yesterday afternoon saw the Dodgers leading 1-0 through six innings. On a day Utley was hitless in four at-bats, it was time for Ruiz and Howard to step forward.  Leading off in the seventh, Ruiz singled.  Three batters later he scored his team’s first run, the lead runner when Freddy Galvis hit a three-run homer into the LA bullpen in left field. When Chase, Chooch and Ryan were 2008 teammates, Galvis was playing in Lakewood.

Clinging to a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Ruiz drew a 10-pitch walk and then stole second base. Who would have thought he’d have more steals in the series than Chase. With runners on second and third LA walked Galvis intentionally, choosing to pitch to the on-deck pinch-hitter, Howard.  Ryan cleared the bases a right-field double, most likely his last at-bat in Dodger Stadium for the Phillies. The win evened the road trip, 3-3.

Legendary broadcaster, Vince Scully, who is retiring after his 67th season, was broadcasting his last Dodgers-Phillies game on radio. He will not be in Philly next week as he no longer travels.  His first broadcast was the Dodgers-Phillies at Shibe Park in the 1950 season opener.

In a really classy move, Juan Samuel, Jerad Eickhoff, David Hernandez and Mike Mariot went to the press box before the game to bid Scully a farewell.

00 Scully

Jerad?@Eickough19 “Couldn’t leave Dodger Stadium without meeting the legendary Vin Scully. An experience I’ll never forget!

Phil-Ins
A day off today for the Phillies . . . Rockies come to town tomorrow night, the start of the annual Toyota Alumni Weekend . . . Jim Thome will be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-47), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Lost, 10-0, in SWB getting 3 singles. LP: David Buchanan (8-7), 4.1-9-6-5-0-2.  Have lost last 4 games vs. SWB . . . Final meeting, Anthony Vasquez (2-0), 7:05 tonight in SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (77-39), Eastern League Eastern Division. 2.5-game lead over Trenton.
Lost, 7-3, at Binghamton. LP: Tyler Viza (4-4), 5-8-4-4-2-3. LF Andrew Pullin, 1B, 2B, RBI, BB; hitting .371. C Jorge Alfaro, 2 H, RBI. SS KC Serna, 2 H. CF Roman Quinn, 3B (5), R, BB . . . Mark Leiter (5-1), 6:35 tonight in Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (28-16), Florida State League North Division. .006 ahead of Dunedin in battle for 1st place, 2nd half.
Rained out at home vs. Tampa . . . Brandon Leibrandt (0-1) and Shane Watson (4-4), 1 p.m. DH in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-19), South Atlantic League North Division. 1.5-game lead over Hagerstown and Kannapolis, 2nd half.
After a 4-game losing streak, the BlueClaws have turned it around. They won their 5th in a row, 5-0, in Delmarva. WP: Jose Taveras (6-8), 7-4-0-0-2-6. 5 different players had 2 hits each including C Edgar Cabral, 2 RBI and RF Jose Pujols, HR (21) . . . 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College.
Rained out at home vs. Hudson Valley . . . Adonis Medina (4-2) and Cole Irvin (3-1), 5:05 DH this evening vs. Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (28-12), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Blue Jays.
Lost, 2-1, to the Tigers West in Lakeland. Held to 3 singles. Winning run in the 8th inning was unearned. ND: Will Stewart, 5-4-1-1-2-6 . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers West at Carpenter Complex.

Book Signing
I’ll be signing my new book, The Fightin’ Phils, from12:30 to 1:30 Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.  Location: Section 111 in the main concourse.

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Scully’s Last Phils Game

California Here I Come is being replaced by California There I Go for the Phillies this afternoon in Dodger Stadium. The six-game trip (2-3) to San Diego and LA ends.

For the second straight day, the Dodgers went extra-base happy in defeating the Phillies, 9-3.  In two wins, they have 15 extra-base hits.  Phillies actually led in the game on a two-run homer by Aaron Altherr in the second inning.

Vince Velasquez had a rough outing in his first game in his home town.  He struck out the side in the first inning but was racked for nine runs in 4.2 innings, including three, two-run homers on fast balls of 95-95-94 MPH.  In each case, location was right down the middle of the plate.  At Citizens Bank Park he is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA.  On the road, 4-3, 5.67 ERA.

Final Call
Legendary broadcaster Vince Scully will broadcast his final Phillies-Dodgers game today. The voice of the Dodgers is retiring at the end of the season after 67 years. Even though the Dodgers come to Philly next week the 88-year-old Scully will not be there as he no longer travels with the team.

Scully’s very first broadcast was the Dodgers season opener against the Phillies at Shibe Park on opening day, April 18, 1950.

Among his quotes:

“To be honest, I’ve ever been interested in how many games I’ve done and seen.  It doesn’t mean anything to anybody. All I know I’m eternally grateful for having been allowed to work so many games.”

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be a bridge to the past and unite generations. The sport of baseball does that and I am just part of it.”

“If something happens and the crowd roars, I shut up.”

“Losing feels worse than winning feels good.”

“As long as you live, keep smiling because it brightens everybody’s day.”

Phil-Ins
Four young starters (Thompson, Eickhorn, Eflin and Velasquez) really struggled on the trip, 27 runs in 18 innings. Lack of command was the chief problem . . . Today is the Phillies last road game west of the Mississippi. Final 19 road games include two in Chicago against the White Sox and 17 vs. NL East enemies. 27 home games remain . . . Phillies begin a nine-game homestand on Friday night against the Rockies.

Minor League Report
Transactions
Lehigh Valley: LHR Hoby Milner, transferred from Reading.
Reading: RHR Gregory Infante, transferred from LV; INF Carlos Alonso is retiring and will join the Williamsport coaching staff.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-46), International League North Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Dropped 3-2 decision at SWB on a walk-off SF in the 9th. LP: Dalier Hinojosa (1-1), .2-1-1-0-0-0; his errant pickoff throw to 1st led to the winning run. ND: Phil Klein, 5-4-1-1-0-10. CF Cameron Perkins, 2 H, including 8th HR, RBI, 2 BB; 1st HR off RHP . . . David Buchanan (8-6), 7:05 tonight in SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (77-38), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3.5-game lead over Trenton.
Improved August record to 6-2 with an 8-2 win in Binghamton. WP: Tom Eshelman (4-2), 6-6-1-1-1-11, career-high in SO. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2 R, 2 H, including 35th HR, 2 RBI (104); 5 HR in last 6 G. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 H, including 33rd 2B, BB, SB (19) (caught-stealing once). PH Christian Marrrero, HR (7).  Reading has 155 HR, 3 shy of 2004 club record . . . Tyler Viza (4-3), 6:35 tonight in Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (28-16), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st place with Dunedin, 2nd half.
Lost, 8-5, to Tampa in 11 innings. ND: Will Morris, 6-7-4-4-1-2. C Chace Numata, 4 H, 2 R, RBI. 1B Zach Green, 2 H, 2 RBI.  CF Carlos Tocci, H, R, SB; 10 H in last 5 G . . . Brandon Leibrandt (0-1), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-19), South Atlantic League North Division. .5-game lead over Hagerstown, 2nd half.
Won 4th in a row, 3-1, in Delmarva. WP: Franklyn Kilome (4-8), 6-7-1-1-0-11, career-high in SO. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (7). 1B Wilson Garcia, HR (3), 3 RBI in the 7th inning. RF Jose Pujols, 2 2B (16-17) . . . Jose Taveras (4-8), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College.
Lost, 13-5, to Hudson Valley after holding a 5-1 lead after 1 inning. 6 errors led to 5 unearned runs. RF Luke Maglich, 3 H, R, RBI, SB. 2B Luis Espiritu Jr., 2 H, RBI. 1B Brett Barber, 2 H, RBI . . . Adonis Medina (4-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (28-11), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Blue Jays.
After being rained out on Monday in Clearwater, Phillies and Tigers East played 2 games in Lakeland. Phillies won both. They were the home team in the 2nd 7-inning game. 5-0 1st game: WP: Mauricio Llovera (5-1), 5-1-0-0-0-6 . . . 5-2 2nd game: WP Kyle Young (2-0), 4-6-2-2-0-3. LF Josh Stephens, 4 H, R, 3 RBI in the DH . . . 12 noon today in Lakeland again, this time vs. the Tigers West.

This Date

1981 Rose Musial
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. The hit comes as play resumes following a two-month (55-game) work stoppage.  MLB decided to have a split season.  Since the Phillies (34-21) had a 1.5 game lead over the Cardinals when the season was stopped on June 11, they are declared the first-half champions.

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