Rollins Tribute Monday

The rookie and the veteran shared the star of the game honors as the Phillies beat the Cardinals last night in the first of a four-game series.

Buchanan, the rookie, turned in his longest outing of the season, minors or majors, by limiting the Cardinals to one run in 7.2 innings. That run came in the eighth.

Howard, the veteran, drove in three of the runs, two coming on his third homer this week. It was his fourth consecutive multi-RBI game. In the first four games of the trip, he has seven hits and nine RBI. When he’s hot, he can carry a team.

For the first time since last June, they’ve won four in a row. For the first time since September of 2012, they’ve won four in a row on the road. They are four games out of first place but five games under .500. That’s odd.

Number of the Day
10 of Ryan’s 18 home runs against the Cardinals have come in 27 games at Busch Stadium.

Rollins Tribute
Jimmy will be recognized as the Phillies all-time hit leader prior to Monday’s game with the Marlins.

All fans will receive an 11 x 14 Rollins tribute print featuring his record breaking hit. Family, friends and special guests will be here to celebrate with J-Roll. Get there early for this special event.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley scored two in the ninth to beat visiting Charlotte, 4-3, on RBI singles by Rusty Ryal and Maikel Franco. B.J. Rosenberg (2-1) won for second straight game.

Reading lost, 3-2, to Akron for the third straight game. 2B Carlos Alonso, 7th HR.

Clearwater lost, 5-4, at Dunedin as the Blue Jays won on a walk-off single. RF Brian Pointer, 4 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Harold Martinex, 3 hits. SS J.P. Crawford had a rough debut, 0-5, and two errors.

Lakewood lost, 2-1, to West Virginia. 1B Zack Green hit first HR to account for Lakewood’s run.

Williamsport edged Jamestown, 4-3. CF Aaron Brown, 3 hits, in second pro game. WP: Richard Bielski (1-0); SV: Calvin Rayburn (#1).

Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season at 12 noon today in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.

This Date
June 20, 1883: Boston wins, 29-4, the most runs scored against the Phillies. It happens again, June 15, 1887, a 29-1 loss to New York.

June 20, 1900: Brooklyn scores seven runs in the 11th inning for a 20-13 lead. When the Phillies stalled in the bottom of the 11th, hoping that the game would be called by darkness, umpire Hank O’Day forfeited the game to Brooklyn.

June 21, 1964, 1st game: RHP Jim Bunning (7-2) pitches the first perfect game in Phillies history when he blanked the Mets, 6-0, on Father’s Day at New York. Gus Triandos catches the perfect game and becomes the first catcher ever to be behind the plate for no-hitters in each league. 18-year-pld rookie RHP Rick Wise wins his first major league game in the second game, 8-2. Read about the historic game at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

June 21, 1986: St. Louis scores twice in the ninth against LH reliever Don Carman for an 8-6 win. Steve Carlton starts but leaves after allowing six hits, six walks and six runs in five innings, his last appearance for the Phillies. Four days later, he is released.

June 22, 1977: Phillies (5) and Cincinnati (3) combine for a Vet-record eight home runs in a wild 15-9 win over the Reds. One of the eight is a grand slam by SS Larry Bowa.

Where Is He?
Denis Menke was the Phillies hitting coach from 1989 through 1996. Paul Hagen’s written a story about Denis at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Sweep via hits galore

Ramon hung in there, the offense exploded and the bullpen turned in three scoreless innings yesterday giving the Phillies a sweep in Atlanta and their first series win there since the last three games of 2011.

Ramon gave up five runs in six innings, which means he didn’t qualify for a quality start (3 runs or less in 6 innings) but he got a win. Four different Atlanta pitchers were roughed up for a season-high 18 hits by the Phillies bats.

Bastardo and Giles combined for three scoreless innings out of the pen. The pen allowed one run in 11 innings during the series. Battered bullpen from the first month has certainly made a U-turn.

The 7-3 Phillies headed for St. Louis and a four-game series with the 8-2 Cardinals that begins tonight. A sweep in St. Louis would be humongous….or extremely large. Impossible? Losing two of three to the lowly Cubs at home didn’t exactly give much hope for a sweep in Atlanta.

Number of the Day
5: Phillies who had 3 hits yesterday, CHernandez, Nieves, Howard, Byrd, Brown.

From Elias Sports Bureau
It marked only the fifth time in the last 49 seasons that the Phillies had five different players with at least three hits in a nine-inning game, the last of which came on July 17, 2007, when Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Rowand and pitcher J.D. Durbin did it in a 15-3 win over the Dodgers.

Minor League Report
Players of the week (June 9-15)
Pitcher – RHP, David Whitehead, Williamsport … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 6.0 IP), 2 BB, 0 H, 5 SO … 6/15 start vs State College was his first game of his professional career as he missed all of the 2013 season due to an elbow sprain… A resident of Burlington, NC, the 6-foot-4 right hander was selected by the Phillies in the 34th round of the June 2013 draft and signed by Paul Murphy.
Player – OF, Aaron Altherr, Reading … 6 G, Batted .423 (11-26), .464 OBP, .654 SLG %, 6 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB … Having hit safely in his last 12 games played for Reading, Altherr is batting .416 (20-48) in that span … Selected by Philadelphia in the 9h round of the June 2009 draft, the 23-year-old was signed by Brad Holland … Altherr was recalled from Reading (AA) on Monday and made his ML debut with the Phillies that night.

Lehigh Valley defeated Charlotte, 8-6, on Cody Asche’s 2-run homer in the seventh. In 5 rehab games, Cody is 6-11, 3 HR, 9 RBI . . . WP: Tyler Knigge (1-0); SV: Luis Garcia (11).

Reading lost, 4-3, to Akron which had three home runs among five hits. CF Zach Collier hit his first homer in a losing cause.

Clearwater was rained out . . . Lakewood’s All-Star shortstop, J.P. Crawford, has been promoted to Clearwater.

Lakewood is on All-Star Game break.

Williamsport edged Jamestown, 5-4, in 11 innings; winning run scored on a throwing error by the Jamestown pitcher in the ninth inning. LF Jiandido Tromp, 4 hits.

Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season at 12 noon tomorrow in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.

This Date
June 19, 1927: Phillies pitcher Jack Scott pitches both games of a double-header in Cincinnati and goes the distance in both. He beat the Reds 3-1 in the first game, but lost 3-0 in the nightcap. No pitcher has recorded two complete games in the majors in a single day since. (courtesy of broadandpattison.com).

Scott had 17 complete games that season but finished with a 9-21 record.

The complete game has gone the way of dinosaurs. The red-hot Royals have moved into first place in the A. L. Central Division. They are the only A. L. club without a complete game.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Back-to-back W for KK

KK turned his second straight strong start, Ryan went deep for the second straight game and Pap rebounded from a blown save to give the Phillies a second straight win in Atlanta last night.

It is their first series win on the Braves turf since late in the 2012 season.

KK has given up three earned runs in his last two starts. He last won back-to-back starts last July 11 and 19.

Ryan gave the Phillies a quick 2-0 pad in the first inning. When he goes deep to left field—a good sign–he’s getting into a good groove. It was his 20th home run in 264 at-bats in Turner Field.

Jake and Pap continued the stingy bullpen work with two 1-2-3 relief innings.
On May 12, the Phillies bullpen ERA was 4.95, highest in the league. Since then, 2.53, third lowest in the NL. The bullpen has turned into the team’s strength with Antonio, Justin, Mario and Ken Giles joining Jake and Pap.

Hit Leaders
If you have just returned from the moon or cyberspace you need to know J-Roll passed Mike Schmidt as the Phillies all-time leader in hits last Saturday.

Check out a story on the Phillies top 10 in career hits on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Number of the Day
8: Wins for KK over the Braves out of 10 decisions.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley edged Charlotte, 5-4. 3B Cody Asche, first AAA rehab start, 3-3, 2 RBI. WP: B.J. Rosenberg (1-1); SV: Luis Garcia (10).

Reading hit four home runs but lost a slug fest, 15-10, to Akron. DH Jake Fox, 2 of the HRs; RF Peter Lavin and C Logan Moore, first AA home runs.

Clearwater blanked Lakeland, 3-0, behind Jeb Stefan (4-6), Lino Martinez and Lee Ridenhour (4th save). DH Art Charles, 2 triples.

Lakewood is on All-Star Game break.

Williamsport pounded Jamestown, 12-5. CF Jiandido Tromp, 2 homers, 3 RBI; RF Cord Sandberg, triple, HR, 5 RBI. Delvi Francisco (1-0) gave up four runs in three innings but picked up the win.

Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season on Friday.

This Date
June 18, 1948: After a 9-1 record with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, RHP Robin Roberts makes his major league debut, a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park.

June 18, 1989: Following the Phillies’ 6-5 win over New York, GM Lee Thomas pulls off two major trades, sending 2B Juan Samuel to the Mets for CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell and a minor leaguer and sending RHP Steve Bedrosian to San Francisco for LHP Terry Mulholland, LHP Dennis Cook and 3B Charlie Hayes.

Day-by-day historic moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Law of Averages

If there is such a thing as the law of averages, Cole hasn’t experienced it. Pap did last night.

Pap blew a save back on April 2. He’s been perfect since then (15-15) until the Braves bunched three singles into a game-tying run in the ninth. During his 15 consecutive saves, he had allowed one earned run in 25 innings. The law of averages got Pap.

Cole keeps pitching brilliantly and keeps coming up empty. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 23.2 innings, has allowed one earned in 29.2 innings this month and is 1-0. So much for the law of averages.

Cole struck out six, increasing his career total to 1,585, moving him into a tie for third place on the club’s all-time list with Chris Short.

Meanwhile, the offense kept sputtering. Howard homered leading off the second inning and that was it through 12 innings. Having scored one run in their last 24 innings, the law of averages entered the picture. With the aid of an error, they scored five in the 13th to win.

From Elias Sports Bureau: It was only the third victory in the Phillies’ 132-year history in which they scored five-or-more runs in an inning after having been blanked over their last 10 innings in the same game. In 1967, they scored six in the 11th inning to beat the Dodgers, 6-0; and in 1916, they scored five runs in the 14th inning in a 6-1 win at Cincinnati, after being blanked since the second inning.

40=40
Wearing #40, Aaron Altherr became the 40th player for the Phillies this season.

Number of the Day
45: Home runs Howard has hit in his career vs. Braves over 142 games.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 5-1, to Charlotte, getting five singles and Maikel Franco’s 15th double.

Reading was not scheduled.

Clearwater lost, 7-1, to Lakewood, getting four singles and a double. SS Roman Quinn played centerfield for the first time in his pro career.

Lakewood three-day All-Star Game break . . . All-Stars: SS J.P. Crawford, OF Sam Hiciano, 1B-C Willians Astudillo, RH closer Cody Forsythe.

Williamsport lost, 6-3, at State College. CF Cord Sandberg has hit in all four games, .412.

Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season on Friday.

This Date
June 17, 1930: RF Chuck Klein sets a club record with a 26-game hitting streak (May 18-June 17, .482) and duplicates it (July 12-August 3, 1st game, .434). In between, he hit in 16 of 19 games, .359. Overall, he hit safely in 68 of 71 games, May 18-August 3, 1st game.

June 17, 2012: Playing in Toronto, Jim Thome leads off the second inning with a home run, his 100th as a Phillie. Thome becomes the 4th player in major league history with at least 100 home runs for three different teams, following Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez.

Day-by-day historic moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Forever Moment

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Whether you were among the 31,524 at Citizens Bank Park or the millions watching on TV, it was a magic moment you will never forget.

Jimmy Rollins passed leader Mike Schmidt on Saturday for the most hits in the history of the Phillies, a franchise that was established in 1883. Yes, the image is there of the line drive single to right in the fifth inning. But, the forever memory took place when Schmidt entered the field to congratulate the new Phillies hit king.

As soon as the ball landed in right field, Schmidt came out of the dugout, headed for home plate to pick up the historic bat. First time a Hall of Famer was a bat boy. Right after all of J-Roll’s teammates congratulated him at first base, Schmidt took Jimmy’s left arm and raised it, signifying the baton had been passed. It was the same gesture Schmidt did with Jim Thome during the closing ceremonies of Veterans Stadium in 2003.

Schmidt was genuinely excited about Jimmy breaking his record. It was evident in his body language, comments and smiles. Speaking of smiles, Jimmy flashed his infectious smile endlessly.

Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty held the Phillies record when his career ended in 1901; Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn broke it 58 years later; Hall of Famer Schmidt broke it 30 years later and Jimmy became the all-time leader 25 years later.

Over 113 years, the crown went from Ed to Richie to Mike to Jimmy, who will wear it for a long, long time, I believe.

Tweets
Shane Victorino: “Congrats to my big brother, Jimmy Rollins on becoming the all-time Phillies hit leader. 2,235 and counting. Proud of you bro.”

Charlie Manuel: “Congratulations Jimmy on the knocks record. You are the Toy Cannon.”

Number of the Day
29: Uniform number Rollins wore in his major league debut on 9/17/2000, a game in which he got his first hit.

Did You Know?
Thome hit his milestone 400th home run on June 14, 2004, at Citizens Bank Park. Jimmy got his 2,235th milestone hit exactly 10 years later at home.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley took two of three at Rochester. WPs: Brad Lincoln (4-3), Phillippe Aumont (2-1); SV: Luis Garcia (8-9). OF Steve Susdorf, 5-12, 2B, HR, 4 RBI.

Reading won two of three in Altoona. WP: Hoby Milner (5-3). Seth Rosin had a SV and a win. LF-2B Albert Cartwright, 6-14. CF Aaron Altherr extended his hitting streak to 12 games; average has increased from .191 to .245.

Clearwater had a three-day break for the All-Star Game. 1B-DH Art Charles was Clearwater ASG representative.

Lakewood lost all three to Hickory. 3B Cody Asche, 3-7, double, 3 homers, five RBI in three games. Cody is scheduled to continue rehab tonight at Lehigh Valley.

Williamsport won yesterday after dropping the first two games of the season vs. State College. David Whitehead won his pro debut yesterday, 8-2, 6 hitless innings, 0 runs. CF Cord Sandberg, 6-13.

This Date
June 16, 1998: PH Mike Lieberthal hits a 3-run, game-winning home run to cap a 7-run ninth inning that gives the Phillies an electrifying 8-7 win over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Salome Barojas (57), RHP Bob Miller (88) . . . Tuesday: RHP Luis Peraza (72) . . . Wednesday: RHP Paul Brown (72), LHP Taylor Phillips (81) . . . Thursday: RHP Hank Mason (83), LHP Don Ferrarese (85) . . . Friday: C Paul Bako (42), INF Juan Castro (42), RHP Mike Grace (44), OF-CH Gary Varsho (53), SS Dickie Thon (56) . . . Saturday: RHP Brad Moore (50), RHP Dave Downs (62) . . . Sunday: RHP Roy Thomas (61), OF Mike Anderson (63).

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (<a Today, All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Extra-base Hit Feast

Bench bats did the damage as the Phillies swept the Padres in the drizzle yesterday afternoon.

Mayberry Jr. started at first against a lefty, hit two doubles and a homer and drove in three runs. They were the first extra-base hits for him as a starter. As a pinch-hitter, he has a pair of doubles and three home runs. Over his last 15 games, five doubles, four homers 12 RBI.

Brignac, fresh from a walk-off homer the game before, doubled in two runs as a pinch-hitter to give the Phillies the lead in the sixth inning.

Friday night?
J-Roll needs two more hits to supplant Mike Schmidt for the most hits in Phillies history.

Cool that he’s about to break the record in front of the home fans this weekend. That said, I hope I didn’t jinx him.

Remember when Pete Rose broke Stan Musial’s NL record for hits at the Vet. Pete said there was no pressure, “It was going to happen sometime. There’s pressure during a hitting streak.”

Number of the Day
1,125: Games started by Chase and J-Roll, most in baseball among double-play combos. That’s amazing.

Reading Fightin Phils
Reliever Ken Giles began this season in Reading. Yesterday, all eyes in the Reading clubhouse were glued to the TV when Giles made his big league debut.

Last night was the night Jim Bunning was to be inducted into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame and have his Reading number (14) retired. Rain forced the pre-game ceremony to take place in the Weston Center’s Winning Smiles Stage behind the first base stands. Normally, it would have take place on the field.

Had a good night selling and signing my book. Met a lot of passionate and die-hard fans. Rain canceled me throwing out the first ball, which was OK. I probably would have needed Tommy John surgery after trying to reach home plate with a floater.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 2-8)
Pitcher – RHP, Brad Lincoln, Lehigh Valley … 2 G, 2-0, 0.00 ERA (13.0 IP), 4 BB, 4 H, 12 SO … Lincoln, who was also named International League Pitcher of the Week, allowed 8 base runners in 13.0 total innings (0.62 WHIP, 4 BB, 4 H) … Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the 1st round (4th overall) of the June 2006 draft, he was acquired from Toronto in exchange for C Erik Kratz and LHP Rob Rasmussen, 12/3/13.
Player – INF, Carlos Alonso, Reading … 6 G … Batted .480 (12-25), .552 OBP, .880 SLG %, 7 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 22 total bases … Alonso ended the week hitting safely in 10 of his last 11 games as he raised his average from .250 to .282 over that stretch … Selected by the Phillies in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Delaware, Alonso was signed by Paul Murphy.

Lehigh Valley was blanked on three singles at Rochester. LF Cameron Perkins has hit in eight of nine games since promotion to AAA.

Reading was postponed because of rain.

Clearwater swept a DH in Tampa . . . 8-5 first game. 2B K.C. Serna grand slam; WP: Colin Kleven (2-7) . . . 3-0 second game. WP: Ethan Stewart (3-6); SV: Lino Martinez (2).

Lakewood won, 3-1, over Hickory. 1B Willians Astudillo, 16th double, 2 RBI (40). WP: Jon Prosinski (2-0); SV: Ulises Joaquin (5).

Williamsport hosts State College in season opener tonight.

This Date
June 13, 1997: A revolutionary idea in Major League Baseball came to fruition, as Interleague Play makes its debut. The Phillies face the Toronto Blue Jays in their first Interleague game. RHP Wayne Gomes makes his major league debut and wins in relief, 4-3.

June 14, 2004: 1B Jim Thome homers off RHP Juan Acevedo in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park for his historic 400th career HR. Phillies win, 10-7, over Cincinnati.
See a photo of this historic home run at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

June 15, 1949: 1B Eddie Waitkus, in his first year with the Phillies, is shot by 19-year-old Ruth Steinhagen in a Chicago hotel room. Critically injured, Waitkus misses the rest of the season, but recovers in time to help the Whiz Kids in 1950.

June 15, 1991: RHP Andy Ashby becomes the first and only Phillies pitcher of the century to strike out the side on nine pitches when he whiffs 1B Hal Morris, LF Todd Benzinger and C Jeff Reed in the fourth inning of a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati at the Vet.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tonight: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5 p.m.

Walk-Off #2

Can you win the pitcher of the month honors with one win?

Well, Cole has given up one run in 22.2 innings this month, fanned 26, has a consecutive scoreless streak of 16.2 innings and one win. For the second straight game, he was brilliant, striking out 11. He has three double-digit strikeout games this season and two wins.

Brignac’s walk-off homer made a winner out of Pap and gave the Phillies back-to-back wins for the first time since they won three in a row, May 17-18; 20. It was his second WO HR; the other 9/13/10 vs. the Yankees while playing for the Rays.

But, the big news: a Wednesday win! 2-8 now.

Number of the Day
3: J-Roll needs that many hits to break Mike Schmidt’s all-time Phillies record (2,234).

Perfect Game Salute
Jim Bunning will be at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, the 50th anniversary of his Father’s Day perfect game against the Mets at Shea Stadium. You can read about his historic game at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Joining Jim on the field will be three that played in that game, 1B John Herrnstein, SS-LF Cookie Rojas and 3B Dick Allen.

Tonight, Jim will have his uniform number retired by the Reading Fightin Phils. He wore #14 when he managed the Reading Phillies in 1972. Game time is 7 p.m.

Mini-Camp
Aaron Nola, the number 1 selection in last week’s draft, is among the young prospects working out daily at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. 25 others selected in the draft that have signed or agreed to terms will be part of the mini-camp through Monday.

The Gulf Coast League Phillies begin their season the following day in Dunedin. Players assigned to Williamsport or any other minor league roster will depart the mini-camp on Sunday.

The Williamsport team left Clearwater on Tuesday, flying to Philadelphia and then bussing to Williamsport. The Crosscutters host State College in their season opener tomorrow night.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley was not scheduled.

Reading lost, 8-5, to New Britain. CF Aaron Altherr, single, first triple, fourth home run.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood crushed Hagerstown, 10-2. Mark Leiter (5-5) got the win. 2 hits, 2 RBI: DH Andrew Knapp, 1B Zach Green, LF Sam Hiciano . . . Cody Asche will begin a rehab assignment Friday night at Lakewood.

This Date
June 12, 1939: Phillies RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander is among the first group of players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. A large photo of the group is on display in the Cooperstown Gallery of the Hall of Fame Club at Citizens Bank Park.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tonight: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
Tomorrow night: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5 p.m.

Jimmy Milestone

Earlier this season J-Roll passed Ed Delahanty and Richie Ashburn on the Phillies all-time list for hits. Barring a blizzard or injury, he’ll pass Michael Jack Schmidt for the#1 position as he needs only five more hits.

This will be quite an accomplishment. We’ve had some terrific memorable moments during the first 10 years of Citizens Bank Park. As far as individual milestones, Jimmy moving into the top spot may be the top milestone. Ten years ago June 14, Thome hit his 400th career home run, certainly a monumental milestone.

What do Delahanty, Ashburn and Schmidt have in common? All are Hall of Famers. Will Jimmy join them in Cooperstown? If he keeps piling on more impressive numbers, who knows.

J-Roll’s first hit came on September 17, 2000, his first major league game: Wearing #29 and batting second, 3rd-inning triple off Florida’s Chuck Smith at Veterans Stadium.
Drew a walk in his first at-bat. Triple came in second AB.

Number of the Day
6—Shortstops who lead their clubs in career hits:
Luke Appling, Chicago White Sox (2,749)
Bert Campaneris, Oakland A’s (1,882)
Tony Fernandez, Toronto Blue Jays (1,583)
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees (3,370*)
Cal Ripken Jr, Baltimore Orioles (3,184)
Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers (3,142)
*Through June 9.
Source: Elias Sports Bureau

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 3-1, to Indianapolis, Greg Smith (4-5) losing his fifth in a row. He gave up three runs on three hits in the first inning but the LV offense couldn’t muster any kind of offense. LF Steve Susdorf, 2 hits, lone RBI.

Reading ended a five-game losing streak, 8-5, over Richmond on RF Peter Lavin’s three-run double in the eighth inning.

Clearwater blanked Daytona, 2-0, behind Ryan Demmin (1-0) and fifth save for Jordan Guth. INF Brandon Short, first HR. Threshers won back-to-back games for the first time since May 5-6, matching their longest winning streak.

Lakewood fell to 1-10 vs. Hagerstown with a 5-3 setback in 12 innings. RF Dylan Cozens, 8th home run, matching LV’s Jim Murphy for the most in the Phillies minor leagues.

Williamsport begins its season on Friday hosting State College;

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 10, 1972: To change their luck, Phillies wear blue road uniforms at home only to lose to Atlanta, 15-3. The blue road uniforms never appeared again at the Vet.

June 10, 1975: 3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off a public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from home plate. Schmidt settles for a single off LHP Claude Osteen in the Phillies’ 12-0 win.

June 10, 1981: Another great moment in Vet history. 1B Pete Rose needs two hits to surpass Stan Musial as the all-time NL hit leader. Rose singles in his first at-bat against Houston RHP Nolan Ryan, who then strikes out Pete the next three at-bats. Phils win, 5-4, before 57,386. Two days later, players go on strike until August, eliminating 55 games.

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

Thursday, June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5 p.m.

J-Roll Nearing All-time Record

Another Cole classic against the Reds, another controversial home plate video review and another game in which the offense couldn’t duplicate a May 17 bashing against a certain pitcher. Say hello to a lost weekend series in Cincinnati.

Cole ‘s now 9-0 against the Reds, including the postseason. The offense chased Cueto who hadn’t allowed more than two runs in six home starts. That was Friday. If we could play the Reds more often and Cole could pitch against them, we’d be in better shape. How can you explain why he dominates the Reds and the Mets dominate him. Strange game.

Saturday the Phillies had runners throw out at home plate in consecutive innings. Wonder how many times that’s happened. One featured MLB’s new anti-collision rule, a rule with apparently different interpretations. Ryne asked for a replay but someone sitting in a New York studio ruled the play was correct as called. When Ryne stepped out of the dugout to question the decision, he was automatically ejected, a new review rule. Geez, a manager can’t even get into a face-to-face screaming match with an umpire anymore. Heated arguments and home plate collisions are now a dinosaur. That’s progress?

Yesterday, one runner thrown out a home plate in a 4-1 loss. Buchanan gave up all four runs in one inning. Bailey, whom the Phillies battered (seven hits, six runs in 3.2 innings) on May 17, allowed one run on six singles this time. And, he drove in the go-ahead runs.

Back home to face the San Diego Padres tomorrow and Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoon. History is about to be made sometime this week at Citizens Bank Park as J-Roll needs only five more hits to break Mike Schmidt’s all-time Phillies record (2,234). Both were second round picks in the draft. How about that!

Number of the Day
9: Wins the Phillies have this season against the NL west in 16 game.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won two of three with Sean O’Sullivan (3-5) and Brad Lincoln (3-3) getting the wins. O’Sullivan helped his own cause with a two-run double. Lincoln’s last two starts, 13 innings, four hits, no runs, 12 strikeouts. Loss came yesterday to Indianapolis’ Vance Worley, who was 3-3 as a hitter includng a two-run homer. LF Cameron Perkins has hit in all six games (.318) since promotion from AA.

Reading saw its losing streak reach five games by dropping three to Richmond and scoring just four total runs.

Clearwater ended a seven-game losing streak yesterday with its first win this month, 8-7, over Daytona. In the four previous losses, three were walk-off jobs in Palm Beach. Yesterday came close as Daytona scored all seven in the eighth. SS Roman Quinn, 8-17 for the weekend.

Lakewood swept a three-game series in Delmarva. C-1B Willians Astudillo has hit safely in 24 of his lat 25 games. His 37 RBI lead the organization. Special night at Lakewood tonight as the BlueClaws will retire Cole Hamels’ number 19.

Williamsport begins its season on Friday hosting State College;

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 9, 1982: Steve Carlton (7-6) sets a club record for most strikeouts by a LHP in a nine-inning game by fanning 16 Cubs in a 4-2 win at the Vet. Lefty fanned Ryne Sandberg four times.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tomorrow, June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5 p.m.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Tom Edens (53), OF Doug Clemens (75) . . . Tuesday: CF Kevin Flora (45) . . . Wednesday: 2B Dave Cash (66), 1B Frank Thomas (85) . . . Saturday: RHP Jerry Spradlin (47) . . . Sunday: C Erik Kratz (34).

Weekend in Cincy

After being swept in Washington, scoring just six runs off three of the Nationals’ best pitchers, the Phillies jump out of the frying pan and into the fire tonight.

First weekend game in Cincinnati and they face Johnny Cueto. He’s only 5-4 you say. Well, he leads the league with a stingy 1.68 ERA, 92 strikeouts (91 innings) rank second and opposing hitters are batting .151 against him. Grab a bat.

Hey, it’s not all troubling news.

Cole is going for the Phillies. He’s 8-0 lifetime against the Reds, including a 12-1 pasting a Citizens Bank Park on May 17, the Phillies biggest outburst of the month.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,227)

Will J-Roll pass Michael Jack in Cincinnati? Three of his milestone hits have come against the Reds:
1,500—7th inning RBI single, 5/21/09, off Jared Burton at Cincinnati.
2,000—5th inning double, 9/4/12, off Matt Latos at Cincinnati.
2,212—1st inning single, 5/17/14, off Homer Bailey at Citizens Bank Park, passing Ed Delahanty for third place on the Phillies all-time list.

Number of the Day
5: Consecutive series the Phillies have lost in Nationals Park.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 10-9, to Louisville. HR: 3B Maikel Franco (5), P-PH Greg Smith (1).

Reading coughed up a 3-run lead in the ninth and a two-run lead in the 12th, losing on a two-out, three-run homer at Harrisburg, 8-7. 3 hits: 3B Carlos Alonso, CF Aaron Altherr, C Logan Moore.

Clearwater lost its fifth in a row, 9-2, at Palm Beach before a crowd of 322. SS Roman Quinn had three of Clearwater’s eight hits.

Lakewood was blanked on five hits, 4-0, at Delmarva.

Williamsport begins its season on June 13.

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 6, 1972: In the midst of a streak of 18 losses in 19 games, the Phillies tried to change their luck with “Turn it Around Day” at the Vet. The lineup was announced in reverse order, last names first. The seventh inning stretch took place in the third inning. The scoreboard welcomed groups not in attendance. Ushers wore their hats backwards with their nametags on their backs. It didn’t help, as the team dropped a 4-3 decision to Houston. Courtesy broadandpattison.com.

Draft Notes
Excerpts from my book, If These Walls Could Talk.

“The first ever summer draft took place in 1965 and Bowa, a skinny shortstop from Sacramento, CA, wasn’t selected. 824 amateur players were.”

“We had Luzinski number one on our list of prospects. Paul Owens had seen him play and wanted him badly. In the 1968 draft, we had the 11th selection in the first round. We’re in the Commodore Hotel in New York, seated at a round table. Sweating out the first 10 selections was surreal. The A’s, Astros, Yankees, Dodgers, Indians, Braves and Senators all made their selections and Luzinski was still on the board. The Orioles selected 10th and chose shortstop Junior Kennedy. We could breathe again.”

(1971 draft) “In the second round, the Phillies had the 30th pick. The White Sox had the 25th to start the round. Owens held his breath. Kansas City was 29th and when their turn came, they grabbed a third baseman who would become a Hall of Famer, George Brett. With the 30th pick, Owens was glad to announce Mike Schmidt’s name.”

I’ll be signing my book:

Tomorrow: Costco, 700 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5 p.m.

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