Rookie Saves Weekend

A rookie wins his major league debut for the Phillies who are shutout twice in the other 3 weekend games, getting just 3 hits on Friday night and being no-hit yesterday by Beckett.

In all, the Phillies had 10 hits for the weekend, 7 coming Saturday afternoon when David Buchanan won. #55 was 5-1 in 9 AAA starts this year before going to the bigs. A year ago at AA Reading, he was 1-5 in 10 starts.

Beckett threw 128 pitches, 80 for strikes. He threw a first-pitch strike to 23 of the 30 batters he faced. It was the fifth no-hitter by a Dodgers pitcher against the Phillies: Dazzy Vance (1925), Sal Maglie (1956), Sandy Koufax (1964) and Bill Singer (1970). Josh and Sandy did it in Philadelpia.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,220)

Number of the Day
7—times the Phillies have been shutout this season, 5 in the last 10 home games.

Rockies Next
The team that leads the NL in hitting, runs, doubles, home runs, on-pace percentage nd slugging percentages is next on the home schedule, 3-game series starting tonight. Rockies are 16-7 Coors Field, 11-16 on the road.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley lost 2 of 3 to Toledo . . . Win 1-0 on Saturday–WP: Chris Bootcheck (1-0), first start off the DL; SV: Ken Giles (2) . . . C Cameron Rupp (5) and OF Leandro Castro (3) homered in 7-3 Friday loss.

Reading swept 3-game series in Akron, allowing a total of 3 runs . . . WPs: Tyler Knigge (2-0), Hector Neris (2-0) and Ryan Demmin (1-0) . . . Nefi Ogando, 2 saves, giving him 6 in his last 7 games . . . SS Edgar Duran 6-16, including 1st HR.

Clearwater lost 4 of 5 on the road . . . Win came Sunday, Adam Loewen (1-0); 3rd save for Jordon Guth, snapping a 9-game losing streak . . . INF KC Serna, 9-17.

Lakewood dropped 2 of 3 in West Virginia . . . WP on Saturday, Drew Anderson (3-4) . . . OF Sam Hiciano, 6-12; hitting .361 in last 10 games . . . 1B-C Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 9 games.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: 1B Travis Lee (39), 1B Ricky Jordan (49) . . . Tuesday: Jim Vatcher (49) . . . Wednesday: SS Steve Jeltz (55), LHP Bob Kuzava (91) . . . Thursday: LHP Trevor Miller (41), RHP Toby Borland (45), 3B Charlie Hayes (49) . . . Friday: LHP Scott Eyre (42), MGR John Felske (72) . . . Saturday: OF Kenny Lofton (47).

This Date
May 26, 1990: Mike Schmidt’s #20 is retired in pre-game ceremonies as Phillies lose, 12-3, to Atlanta before 56,789.

May 26, 2008: Phillies set a Citizens Bank Park record for runs in a game, blasting Colorado, 20-5. 2B Chase Utley drives in six runs.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
June 1: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m., Section 111.
June 2: Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
June 5: Barnes & Noble, Valley Forge, PA, 6 p.m.
June 7: Costco, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

Weekend With LA

Marlon hit a monster homer to cap a 3-run eighth and tie the game. But, the Marlins did what they do best at home, a walk-off win in the ninth yesterday afternoon. Miami is 19-6 in their own yard. Of their last 6 wins there, 4 have been walk-off celebrations.

J-roll passed Richie Ashburn for career hits and is now 17 shy of passing Mike Schmidt for the top spot. Next 11 games are at home. Will he do it in front of the home crowd?

After the game, the Phillies took a Delta charter home where they face the Dodgers in a weekend series. LA comes to town with the best road record in the league, 16-10. Dodgers have scored the third most runs, committed the second highest number of errors and their pitchers have recorded the most strikeouts.

Number of the Day
0–Number of former Phillies on the Dodgers roster.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley dropped a 9-4 decision to Toledo . . . 2 hits: CF Tyson Gillies, 1B Jim Murphy, LF Steve Susdorf, SS Ronny Cedeno.

Reading’s 6-game winning streak ended, 3-1, to New Hampshire . . . LF Cameron Perkins had 2 of Reading’s 3 hits, one his 17th double, and drove in the lone run, 28th RBI.

Clearwater’s losing streak reached 6 games, 6-4 at St. Lucie. SS Roman Quinn is 4-14 in 3 games since returning from the DL.

Lakewood won, 10-9, at West Virginia . . . HR: 2B Andrew Pullin (5), LF Sam Hiciano (4) . . . WP: Yacksel Rios (1-0) . . . SV: Cody Forsythe (7).

This Date
May 23, 1991: RHP Tommy Greene pitches no-hitter at Montreal, 2-0, before 8,833. He walks seven and strikes out 10.

May 24, 1935: Phillies lose first night game in major league baseball history, 2-1, at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. Game time: 1:35. Attendance for the historic game, 20,422.

May 24, 1999: For the first time in team history, the Phillies have the same-name battery, RHP Joel Bennett and C Gary Bennett. Phillies win, 5-4, over Montreal.

May 25, 2011: Longest game in Citizens Bank Park, Phillies edge Cincinnati, 5-4, in 19 innings. INF Wilson Valdez pitches the 19th inning and gets the win, first position player in Phillies history to record a win.

J-Roll Ties Whitey

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If KK was going to break his personal 9-game losing streak, it would come against the Marlins. After all, he’d won 10 in row over Miami, longest streak by any current pitcher against one team. Well, the 10-winning streak ended but the losing streak reached 10 games (16 starts) last night.

Matt Beech lost 11 straight, 8/13/96-8/2/97. Club record for consecutive losses is 12 shared by Russ Miller (1928), Hugh Mulcahy (1940) and Ken Reynolds (1972).

Rubber game of the series, 12:40 this afternoon.

Catching Whitey
J-Roll tied Richie Ashburn (photo above, courtesy National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum) for second place on the club’s all-time list for hits. Whitey broke Ed Delahanty’s 58-year-old record (2,211) on September 19, 1959 with a seventh-inning single off the first base bag in a 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at Connie Mack Stadium.  At the end of that season, Ashburn’s final one with the Phillies, he had 2,217 hits.  Mike Schmidt broke Ashburn’s record 30 years later.

Tweet of the Day
Jayson Stark, “Kind of cool that Jimmy Rollins is going to pass Richie Ashburn in Phillies hits & Dick Allen in Phillies HRs in the same week.”

Number of the Day
0—Wins on 7 Wednesdays, including 1 rain out. Only 17 more Wednesdays remain for the season.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 12-18)
Pitcher – RHP Barry Enright, Lehigh Valley … 1 G, CG, 1-0, 1.00 ERA (1 ER, 9.0 IP), BB, 4 H, 2 SO … The complete game, 5/15 vs SWB, was the 4th of his professional career and only the 6th 9.0-inning CG in LV franchise history … Has gone 7.0 innings or more while allowing 2 ER or less in each of his last 2 starts (1.69 ERA) … Originally selected by Arizona in the 2nd round of the June 2007 draft, Enright was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent, 1/24/14.

Player – OF Cameron Perkins, Reading … 6 G … Batted .412 (7-17), .583 OBP, .529 SLG %, 3 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 7 BB … Perkins is honored as Phillies Minor League Player of the week for the 2nd time this season (other: 5/3-13) and 4th time in his professional career … He ranks 1st in the Eastern League in doubles (15), 3rd in OBP (.419), 4th in batting (.346) and 6th in OPS (.915) … The 23-year-old Perkins was selected in the 6th round of the June 2012 draft out of Purdue University and signed by Nate Dion.

Lehigh Valley was not scheduled.

Reading won sixth in a row, 7-6, over New Hampshire, getting only 7 hits. CF Aaron Altherr, 3rd HR. LF Cameron Perkins, 0-4, but 3 RBI (infield grounders). WP: Mike Nesseth (1-3). SV: Tyler Knigge (3); extended scoreless inning streak to 15 innings . . . Alarm Clocks Needed: Starting May 11, Fightin Phils played seven straight games with seven different starting times.

Clearwater lost its’ fifth in a row, 6-3, at St. Lucie. 2 hits: 1B Art Charles, CF Pete Lavin.

Lakewood was idle.

This Date
Courtesy of May 22, 1952–Pitcher Curt Simmons hits an inside-the-park home run against the Pirates, the last time a Phillies pitcher accomplished that feat.

Cherry Hill Tonight
Will be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk, tonight at Barnes & Noble at the Cherry Hill Mall. Starting time: 6:30 p.m. (You were expecting 6:30 a.m.?). Hope you have time to stop by.

Next signing date: June 1, Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

HOF Classic

Six Hall of Famers and representatives of all 30 clubs will be participating in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Classic game on this Saturday afternoon. The game will be played at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. Details can be found at

Representing the Phillies will be Marlon Anderson (above image). Other Phillies Alumni include Jim Thome (Indians), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Jeff Conine (Marlins), Todd Jones (Tigers) and Mike Sweeney (Royals).

The Classic is one of many highlights in the year-long 75th anniversary of the museum.

For more Alumni news and notes, visit and look for the cool photo of Moyer and Lefty.

Goin’ Fishing
Tonight, tomorrow night and Thursday afternoon in Miami comprise the Phillies last road trip this month.

The Phillies are one of five NL teams with a winning record on the road, granted it is only 11-10. At home, 8-12, a number that needs to be turned around.

Guess who has the best home record and worst road record in the NL If you guessed the Marlins, you win a fishing rod. They are 17-5 at home, 6-17 on the road.

After Thursday, the Phillies return home to face the Dodgers for three, Rockies for three and Mets for five. Yep, five with NY. A rained out game in April was rescheduled for June 2. That’s a string of 20 games in 20 days.

Number of the Day
72: the number of consecutive games the Phillies will play against the NL, starting tonight. They are 18-14 against the NL.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 8-4, at Buffalo. WP: Rowland-Smith; LP: G. Smith (4-1) . . . 3 LV HR: Darin Ruf (1), Maikel Franco (4), Leandro Castro (2).

Reading won the first game of a DH vs. New Hampshire, 5-3, 7 innings. WP: Perci Garner (4-2); SV: Tyler Knigge (2). 2B Albert Cartwright, 2 hits, including first HR . . . Carwright had 2 more hits in the second game, a 3-2, 8-inning win. Winning run scored on a walk-off 1B by Anthony Phillips. WP: Austin Wright (2-0). Reading has won 4 in a row.

Clearwater lost, 7-6, in 12 innings at Port Charlotte on a bases-loaded walk. 1B Art Charles, 3 hits. C Gabriel Lino, 2 hits, 2 RBI. RF Brian Pointer, 3rd HR, 2 RBI.

Lakewood bowed,4-3, to the Rome Braves . . . DH Willians Astudillo, 2-4, boosting average to .359 . . . 1B Wilmer Oberto, 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Thursdy Night Live<a
Book signing at Barnes & Noble, Cherry Hill, NJ, starting at 6:30. I’ll be signing my new book, If These Walls Could Talk. Hope to see you there. PS: I love chocolate ice cream!

Weekend Rewind

KK’s spin continued, Cole finally hit the century mark, J-Roll passed Big Ed and the bats came out of hibernation. That’s the weekend in review.

In KK’s last 15 starts (0-9 record) dating back to last August, the Phillies have been shut out 5 times and scored 1 run 3 times. Shutout #5 came Friday night.

Cole got his 100th win as the Phillies scored 12 times Saturday night, their highest outburst since 14 runs on opening day. Cole also moved ahead of Jim Bunning into third place on the Phillies list of double-digit strike out games, his 25th. Ahead are Curt Schilling (48) and Steve Carlton (70).

J-Roll got his 2,212nd hit in that game, passing Hall of Fame OF Ed Delahanty for third place on the Phillies all-time list. Next is Richie Ashburn (2,217). Sunday, J-Roll added to his record with his 46th lead-off home run, fourth most in baseball history. Craig Biggio is third (53).

In 9 losses this month, the Phillies scored a total of 16 runs. Then in 2 weekend wins, 20 runs, their biggest 2-game total of the season. And, they hit 6 home runs in the 2 wins. Can anyone figure out this game?

From Elias Sports Bureau
Cole is the fifth pitcher since 1900 with 10 or more strikeouts, 3 or fewer hits allowed in a century-mark win, joining Justin Verlander (August, 2011), Chuck Finley (May, 1995), Don Sutton (September, 1972) and Dean Chance (June, 1968).

Number of the Day
333—Cody’s batting average this month.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Turk Wendell (47), C Alan Knicely (59), LHP Curt Simmons (85) . . . Tuesday: INF Wilson Valdez (36) . . . Wednesday: INF Bob Molinaro (64) . . . Thursday: RHP Jose Mesa (48) . . . Saturday: OF Rob Ducey (49) . . . Sunday: 1B Randall Simon (39), 3B Dave Hollins (48).

Minor League Review (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won 1 of 3, a 2-1 decision at Buffalo on Saturday when 1B Jim Murphy hit a solo HR (6th) in the ninth. WP: Ken Giles (2-0); SV: Cesar Jimenez (2) . . . David Buchanan (5-1) lost yesterday, giving up 4 runs in first inning, throwing 45 pitches.

Reading won 2 of 3 vs. Bowie . . . 1B Brock Stassi, 2 HR, 3 RBI . . . LF Cameron Perkins, 4-9, 14th 2B, 4 RBI . . . Wins: Severino Gonzalez (4-3) and Hoby Milner (3-2) . . . Nefi Ogando, 2 saves; 3 in last 3 outings.

Clearwater won 1 of 3 at Port Charlotte . . . 2-1 decision on Friday for Lee Ridenhour (1-3) with 2nd SV for Jordan Guth.

Lakewood won 3 of 4 . . . Mark Leiter (4-3), Drew (Anderson) and Ranti Casimiro (2-4) picked up wins as starters . . . 1B-DH Willians Astudillo, 5-12, 7 RBI; hitting .354 . . . OF Sam Hiciano, 6-12, 3 RBI . . . 2B Andrew Pullin, 6-16, 4 RBI.

This Date
May 19, 1979: The idea of Phillies wearing all-burgundy uniforms on Saturdays starts and ends on this date, a 10-5 loss to Montreal. RHP Jim Lonborg kidded LF Greg Luzinski, “Bull, you look like a big grape.”

Book Signing
Will be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk) Thursday at Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill, NJ. Starting time is 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.

For a list of my signing dates, visit

Reds Weekend

Shibe Park Lights

May 16, 1939: The Philadelphia Athletics played the first American League night game at Shibe Park, losing to the Cleveland Indians, 8-3.

The photo, courtesy of Bob Warrington, was taken by Westinghouse, the company that installed the lights. Officials from Westinghouse, the A’s and A.L. are on the field assessing it if is sufficiently well illuminated to play a major league.

The Phillies were part of the very first night game in the majors, May 24, 1935, playing the Reds in Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. The Reds won, 2-1.

Up until this era, all games were day games.

Reds Weekend
Like the Phillies, the Reds are under .500 for the season. Cincinnati split a DH against San Diego yesterday and begins a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park starting tonight.

Philly connection on the Reds includes Alfredo Simon, who was originally signed by the Phillies on July 2, 1999, out of the Dominican Republic and spare outfielder Roger Bernardino. 3B Todd Frazier follows Mike Trout as another south Jersey product in the majors. Frazier’s from Toms River, NJ.

Phillies took 2 of 3 here almost exactly a year ago, May 17-18-19. The Reds swept a 3-game series at home a month earlier.

Number of the Day
11: Phillies and Diamondbacks have the most triples in the NL.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won its 5th in a row, 7-1, over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . Barry Enright, 9-inning complete game, 4 hits . . . CF Tyson Gillies, 4th 2-hit game in last 8 . . . LF Steve Susdorf, 3 hits, 3 RBI . . . Back from the DL: C Cameron Rupp and SS Andres Blanco.

Reading was idle.
Clearwater lost its 6th straight, allowing 2 in the top of the 9th, a 6-5 decision to Jupiter . . . 5 different players had 2 hits . . . 3B Harold Martinez and RF Nick Ferdinand, 2 RBI each . . . No decision: Miguel Gonzalez, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, in first rehab outing.

Lakewood was rained out at Hagerstown.

Pitch Count
Came across the following story on
A high school baseball player in Washington State threw 194 pitches over 14 innings Tuesday before being removed in the 15th inning of his team’s eventual 1-0 victory in its district tournament. Rochester High School starting pitcher Dylan Fosnacht struck out 17 and was pulled in the top of the 15th after the first two batters reached base. Dustin Wilson, who had been playing catcher, finished the 17-inning win over La Center High School and then pitched all seven innings of Rochester’s second game that day, a 5-3 victory over Elma High School.
In Cole’s last start in New York, he threw a career high 133 pitches, well short of Fosnacht’s abnormal number.
Hall of Famer Robin Roberts believed in throwing and throwing and throwing. Pitch count didn’t exist in his time. He took the ball every fourth day and in between, he’d pitch batting practice.

Robbie once pitched all 17 innings, giving up 18 hits, 6 runs while walking 3 and striking out 5. The following is an excerpt from my book, If These Walls Could Talk: “We won the game when Del Ennis hit a home run into the upper deck off Bob Chipman,” he remembered. “We didn’t count pitches back then so I don’t know how many I threw. I do know I pitched better in the second game (last eight innings) than I did in the first game,” he chuckled. “I always took a hot shower and ran hot water on my arm. I was told one time that it would increase circulation. I did the same thing my whole career. It’s hard to say that was right and the ice they use today is wrong.”

Something else that didn’t exist in Robbie’s day was Tommy John surgery for pitchers. This year, the number is something like 20 that have or are having the surgery. Throwing and running and more running were part of the pitchers’ routine 50 some years ago. Today, its nutrition and weight room and a lot more elbow injuries.

Asked Johnny Podres once, “What was different in your day when there weren’t as many arm injuries?” He took a long drag on a cigarette and responded, “We drank more beer.”


Things aren’t going well. 6 wins at home, 1-8 in interleague play and 1-10 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Solution? Play all road games, only National League teams and skip Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Well, we all know that can’t happen.

But, we do get back to the NL tomorrow night as the Reds come to town following a 2-game sweep by the Angels who have won the last 7 meetings against the Phils. 11 interleague game left on the schedule (August and September) including two in Anaheim.

Number of the Day
17: league-leading doubles for Chase. Phillies have had 2 second basemen lead the NL in this category, Nap Lajoie (56, 1899) and Bert Niehoff (42, 1916).

Minor League Report
Players of the week (May 5-11)
Pitcher: LHP Cesar Jimenez, Lehigh Valley, 4 G, 1-0, 1 SV, 4.1 IP, 0 R, 4 SO. 29-year-old was signed as a minor league free agent, 12/5/12.
Player: CF Peter Lavin, Clearwater, 6 G, .500, 12 H, 4 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 4 SB. Also named Florida State League POTW. 26-year-old was drafted in the 20th round in 2011 out of the University of San Francisco and signed by scout Joey Davis.

Lehigh Valley won its 4th in a row, 3-2, over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . CF Tyson Gillies, 1B, 2B, 2 RBI . . . OF Steve Susdorf, hitting .387 in last 10 games . . . WP: Greg Smith (4-0) . . . SV: Justin DeFratus (3) . . . OF Clete Thomas (fractured wrist) and INF Freddy Galvis (fractured clavicle) placed on DL.

Reading won its 3rd straight, 5-4, in 10 innings in New Hampshire . . . LF Cameron Perkins, GW RBI 2B . . . HR: 3B Carlos Alonso (3), RF Anthony Hewitt (1) . . . WP: Hector Neris . . . SV: Tyler Kmigge (1) . . . C Tommy Joseph (sprained left wrist) placed on DL.

Clearwater lost its 4th in a row, 5-1, to Jupiter . . . RF Nick Ferdinand, 3-3, including 2nd HR . . . RHP Miguel Gonzalez will begin rehab assignment tonight.

Lakewood dropped its 3rd straight, 4-2, at Hagerstown . . . RF Dylan Cozens, 10th 2B, 4th HR, 2 RBI.

This Date
May 15, 1989: One of the most exciting finishes in Vet history. After 11 scoreless innings, San Francisco scores two in the top of the 12th. With two out and two runners on base in the bottom of the 12th, RF Bob Dernier hits a three-run, game-winning, inside-the-park home run to left field, 3-2.

Book Signings
Will be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk, tomorrow at my high school (Myerstown, PA) reunion. Hope I remember people’s faces and names.

New book signing additions: Barnes and Noble, Valley Forge, June 5, 6-8 p.m. . . . B&N, Plymouth Meeting Mall, June 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. . . . Reading Fightin Phils, June 12, 5-7 p.m.

Tough Cody Night

Good news. After today, we don’t play another interleague game until August against Houston. We’ve currently lost 7 in a row to the other league.

Not so good news. Cody had a game he won’t forget but one he won’t ever repeat. His 3 errors paved the way for 4 unearned run in a Cliff loss last night, 4-3. 4 is how many hits the Phillies had. Cliff has a 1.88 ERA in his last 9 starts at home but only a 3-4 record.

Last Phillies third baseman to make 3 errors in a game, David Bell in 2005. Modern MLB record is 5. Prior to 1900, 6 by 5 different players, including Joe Mulvey of the 1884 Phillies. For that season, he had 73 errors. Gloves were much smaller back then.

Number of the day
828: Career RBI Chase picked up last night, putting him in 9th place on the Phillies all-time list, passing his good friend, Pat Burrell.

Draft Coming
Phillies will have the 7th, 47th, 81st and 122nd selections in the June draft. Pre-draft meetings are wrapping up today in Scottsdale for the West and Central regions. East region meeting is in Clearwater starting on Sunday.

Marti Wolever and his staff begin meetings at CBP on May 29. First day of the draft is June 5.

Tweet of the day
From Roy Halladay: “Congrats to my boys 9u &12u GSA State Champs! Now only dad doesn’t have a ring. You always want more for your kids!!”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 8-4, over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . LF Darin Ruf, 1-4 . . . 1B Maikel Franco, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, extending hitting streak to 7 games . . . WP: David Buchanan (5-0).

Reading was 3-2 winner at New Hampshire . . . 3B Carlos Alonso, 2 hits, including 2nd HR, a game-winner in the 8th . . . WP: Ryan O’Sullivan (2-2) . . . SV: Nefi Ogando (2).

Clearwater lost, 6-5, in 11 innings to Jupiter . . . DH Andrew Knapp, 2nd straight 2-hit game.

Lakewood lost 2-1, at Delmarva . . . SS J.P. Crawford had 13-game hitting streak end.

This Date
May 14, 1927: Section of Baker Bowl stands collapses during seventh-inning stretch, a game the Phillies won, 12-4, over St. Louis. Game is called and Phillies play next 12 home games at Shibe Park.

May 14, 1975: 1B Dick Allen, acquired in a trade a few days earlier, singles in his first at-bat and draws a standing ovation from the Vet crowed of 30,908. LHP Steve Carlton (2-4) blanks Cincinnati, 4-0.

May 14, 1982: San Francisco C Bob Brenly singles with two out in the eighth to break up LHP Steve Carlton’s no-hit bid. Lefty blanks San Francisco, 2-0, on two hits.

May 14, 2012: 3B Placido Polanco hits a two-run homer for his 2,000th career base hit as Phillies beat Astros, 5-1, at Citizens Bank Park.

J-Roll Nears #3

J-Roll is just 2 hits shy of moving into third place on the Phillies all-time list, passing Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty.

Delahanty, an outfielder, was the leader when his Phillies career ended in 1901, 2,211. His record lasted for 58 years, September 19, 1959, to be precise, when Richie Ashburn became the new leader.  (Various publications/online sites list various totals for Ed’s Phillies career.  Elias Sports Bureau confirmed 2,211 is correct).

Ed was the eldest and most talented of five brothers who played in the majors . . . Played for the Phillies, 1888-1889; 1891-1901, 1,544 games . . . Death came at age 35 when he was swept over Niagara Fall during 1903 season. Reports varied as to whether he fell or jumped . . . Elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee, 1945 . . . Inducted posthumously into the Wall of Fame in 1985 . . . First hit: unavailable . . . Last hit: According to Elias Sports Bureau, October 2, 1901, in the first game of a doubleheader played in Cincinnati; a single.

Next in J-Roll’s sight is Richie Ashburn who sits in second place with 2,217 hits. Mike Schmidt is #1, 2,234.

Trout Noise
If you hear a loud cheer for Mike Trout tonight, the noise is coming from his hometown fans in Millville, NJ.

Baseball’s best all-around young baseball star will be playing with the Angels in the short interleague series (day game tomorrow). It’s the same park in which Mike watched Phillies game as a youngster.

Nearly 4,000 fans will be in the stands as part of Millville Night. The town’s high school marching band will perform, the school’s choral ensemble will sing the National Anthem and Mayor Michael Santiago will throw out the first ball.

Mike is part of a Philly connection on the Angels. Manager Mike Scioscia hails from Sprngfield (Del. Co.) high school. Raul Ibanez and John MacDonald formerly wore pinstripes as players.

Number of the Day
1: Wins the Phillies have against the Angels in 6 interleague games.

Not His Year
Freddy Galvis is having a tough year. First, hospitalization in spring training because of MRSA infection, then a woeful start as a hitter and now the DL after breaking his left collarbone sustained Sunday in Lehigh Valley.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley defeated Gwinnett, 4-2. LF Darin Ruf, first AAA game, 1-3, BB, RBI . . . Ethan Martin, also his first AAA rehab game, 1 IP, 2 SO . . . WP: Ken Giles (1-0) . . . SV: Justin DeFratus (2), getting 3 outs on 7 pitches.

Reading was 3-2 winner at New Hampshire . . . 1B Brock Stassi, 2nd HR, 2 RBI . . . WP: Hoby Milner (2-2) . . . SV: Nefi Ogando (1).

Clearwater lost, 3-1, to Jupiter . . . LP: Colin Kleven (1-4).

Lakewood was blanked, 2-0, on 2 doubles at Delmarva. SS J.P. Crawford extended hitting streak to 13 games, boosting his average from .282 to .336.

This Date
May 13, 1958:RHP Robin Roberts sets club record with his 191st win, 5-2, over Milwaukee at Connie Mack Stadium. RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, previous record holder, won his 190th game in 1917.

May 13, 1960: 2B Tony Taylor acquired from the Cubs in a 4-player trade.

May 13, 1986: RHP Larry Andersen is released. 3 days later, he signs with the Astros.

May 13, 1997: RHP Garrett Stephenson makes major league debut and strikes out the first five batters, a Phillies record for a rookie. Phillies win, 3-2, over St. Louis as Stephenson fans 12 in seven innings.

Sweep Slips Away

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Eight years ago yesterday Aaron Rowan emerged with a broken nose after crashing into centerfield fence at Citizens Bank Park while making spectacular first-inning catch of a Xavier Nady drive with three on and two out. Phillies beat New York Mets, 2-0, in a game halted in the bottom of the fifth by rain.

Weekend Review
Let’s see, a 3-2 win that featured a ton of pitches and LOB in 4 hours, 39 minutes, a second 1-run win the next night and a gutty performance by Cole yesterday before a 9th-inning bullpen implosion turned a sweep into an 11-inning 1-run loss. So went the Phillies-Mets weekend series.

The 3-2 win was an 11-inning job on Friday night in which the teams combined to throw 420 pitches, 196 out of the strike zone. Combined, they left 32 men on base. Credit the bullpen for the win, 1 run in 6 innings.

0 runs in 3.2 innings by the bullpen saved a 5-4 Saturday win. KK didn’t get the win, leaving him winless since last August. J-Roll, Chase and Ryan had multiple hit games, the 36th time, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Record in those 36: 32-4.

Throwing a career-high 133 pitches, Cole appeared to be on his way to his 100th win, finally, as the Phillies led, 4-1, with 3 outs to go. Without the overworked trio of Jake, Mike and Pap not available, the bullpen imploded and Cole didn’t win. Of the 5 runs the bullpen gave up over the weekend, Antonio was charged with 4, including 3 yesterday. Roberto, Friday’s starter who threw 99 pitches, came on in the 9th and was technically charged with a blown save by allowing the tying run.

Number of the Day
8–Phillies bullpen has blown 8 saves in 5 weeks of baseball. Not a good ratio.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won yesterday after losing previous 2 to Gwinnett. Derrick Mitchell, former Phillies farmhand now with Gwinnett, hit 3 homers Friday night in 9-8 win. C Sebastian Valle drove in 5 of LV’s runs. Ken Giles gave up a run in AAA debut . . . Seth Rosin lost that game and Saturday’s 11-inning 10-7 setback . . . OF Steve Susdorf, 5-9 weekend with 3 doubles; hitting .348 in last 10 . . . 3B-1B Maikel Franco, 5-13, 3rd HR, 3 RBI; .310 in his last 10-games.

Reading lost 2 of 3 in Trenton . . . Win came Saturday night but wasn’t won until Sunday afternoon. Confused? Two teams were tied, 3-3, in the last of the 13th when the rains came Saturday. Game was finished yesterday, Reading’s winning run scored on a passed ball in the 14th . . . Cesar Hernandez, 5-13, stretching his hitting streak to 10 games (.447); also committed 9th error, this time while playing 3B yesterday.

Clearwater split a pair against Dunedin, 2-1 W, 11-3 L . . . CF Peter Lavin, 7-9, 5th HR, RBI . . . LF Darin Ruf 2-4 Friday night.

Lakewood split a pair at Delmarva and was rained out Friday night . . . SS J.P. Crawford, 4-7, 10th 2B.

Alumni Birthdays
Wednesday: OF Braulio Castillo (46) . . . Thursday: RHP Roy Halladay (37), LHP Shawn Barton (51), 1B Tony Perez (72) . . . Friday: C A.J. Hinch (40) . . . Saturday: RHP Porfi Altamirano (62) . . . Sunday: RHP Nelson Figueroa (40)

Father’s Day Gift
If These Walls Could Talk, my new book from Triumph Books, is the perfect gift for dad. Or, a late Mother’s Day gift. Book is available online, in bookstores and the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park.


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