Comeback

Sorry, computer spent a couple of days in the workshop….change oil, filter, rotate tires, engine tune-up. Something like that.

Will be back in action on Thursday.

Notes ‘n Numbers

Cliff, A.J. and Roberto turned in outstanding performances as starting pitchers for the Phillies in their weekend series win over the Nationals. Combined, they allowed 1 earned run and 11 hits in 20.1 innings.

A blown save Friday prevented a 3-game sweep and wins by all 3 starters. As it turns out, A.J. was the first Phillies starter to win a game at Citizens Bank Park. Roberto made it 2 in a row yesterday. Blown save was the Phillies sixth. OK, OK the bullpen won’t be perfect in save opportunities. Divide their blown saves in half and where would they be?

Elias Sports Bureau comes up with some dandy notes, almost daily. When Ryan homered on Saturday night, it was the 11th time he’s done that with J-Roll and
Chase on base. He’s also done it 11 times with Chase and Shane on base and 11 times with J-Roll and Shane on base. Since 2000, no batter has done that.

J-Roll had his first 4-hit game in nearly two years in the same game. The Phillies are 22-5 when he gets 4 hits.

Sunday, he tripled (109th for his career) in the first inning and scored the lone run.
Sunday’s win was the Phillies fifth shutout out of 15 wins. Don’t believe they’ll be able to maintain that ratio.

Number of the Day
0—number of the teams in the NL East that are playing .500 ball or under.

Interleague Returns
Blue Jays start a 2-game away and 2-game home series with the Phillies tonight. Toronto has scored 147 runs and given up 147 this season.

Very first interleague game for the Phillies came on June 15, 1997, against Toronto. Phillies won, 4-3, Wayne Gomes picking up the historic win at Veterans Stadium.

Blue Jays lead the series, 21-18.

Phillie connections on the Blue Jays, J.A. Happ, pitching tonight, C Eric Kratz and OF Anthony Gose.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley completed a 4-game sweep in Gwinnett . . . David Buchanan (4-0) won on Saturday; 5th save for Luis Garcia . . . SS Tyler Henson, 2 HR, 7 RBI in 11-7 romp yesterday . . . 1B Jim Murphy, 2 HR, 7 RBI over the weekend . . . RHP B.J. Rosenburg placed on the DL; slight concussion.

Reading won 2 of 3 from visiting Harrisburg . . . INF Cesar Hernandez, 6-14, in the 3 games . . . LF Cam Perkins stretched hitting streak to 8 games . . . C Tommy Joseph was reinstated from the DL Saturday; 2 singles, 3B, HR, 3 RBI in yesterday’s 15-2 romp . . . RHP Perci Garner (3-1) won Saturday, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R.

Clearwater was rained of a single game Thursday night and double-headers Friday and Saturday in Daytona Beach . . . Lost, 11-5, yesterday in Brevard County . . . RHP Ethan Martin made first appearance off the DL, 1 scoreless inning.

Lakewood spent the weekend in Asheville . . . Lost, 14-3 Friday, won 7-4 Saturday and 14-11 yesterday; 5 home runs among 22 hits . . . SS J.P. Crawford, 4-hits yesterday, extending hitting streak to 7 games; hitting .400 in last 10 . . . 1B Willians Astudillo, 4 H, 6 H, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI weekend; hitting .400 for the season . . . 2B Andrew Pullin, 4 R, 6 H, 2 HR, 3 RBI . . . 3B Mitch Walding, 6-10 in 2 wins . . . OF Sam Hiciano, 6-14, 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: OF Larry Hisle (67) . . . Tuesday: RHP Larry Andersen (61) . . . Sunday: RHP Floyd Youmans (50), OF Jerry Martin (65).

This Date
May 5, 1938–RHP Hal Kelleher allows a major league record 12 runs (10 hits, 3 walks) in the eighth inning of a 21-2 loss at Wrigley Field. Loser was Wayne LaMaster, who left the game with an injury and a 3-1 count on the Cubs’ leadoff hitter. The Cubs scored four times in the first inning, pinning the loss on LaMaster although he faced only one batter.

For more Phlashback Moments, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Weekend Success

Phillies must like weekends. Over their first four, they have an 8-4 record on Fridays-Saturdays and Sundays. Now, the Nationals come to town for three weekend games. Expect a lot of strikeouts tonight as Cliff faces Strasburg. Cliff’s 40 rank 7th in the NL; Strasburg’s 53 are 2nd.

A year ago, the Phillies were 8-11 against Washington, but 6-4 at home. Phillie connections with the Nats: Jayson Werth, Kevin Fransden and Gio Gonzalez.

The merry month of May has a heavy home schedule,19, including NL East, AL East, ALWest, NL Central. Interleague includes a 4-game series against the Blue Jays, Monday and Tuesday at home, Wednesday and Thursday in Toronto. Weird.

While the Phillies like weekends, they don’t like Wednesdays, 0-4. Their best Wednesday came a couple of days ago, a rain out.

Brad Lidge will be here tomorrow night as the Phillies continue their CBP Saturdays, a salute to great moments in the first 10 years of CBP.

Number of the Day
8–Road games the Phillies have this month. Their last road trip was 10. Weird, again.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 7-5, at Gwinnett . . . 3B Maikel Franco, 2b, 2nd HR, 3 RBI . . . 2B Reid Brignac, single and 2 2b . . . C Koyie Hill, 2 hits, 2 RBI . . . WP: Sean Sullivan (1-2) . . . SV: Luis Garcia (4).

Reading was rained out at Portland; ditto for Clearwater at Daytona Beach.

Lakewood took a pair of 7-inning games at Lexington, extending winning streak to 5 games . . . 3-1, a game that took 1 hour, 37 minutes . . . C Devi Grullon, 1st HR . . .
WP: Drew Anderson (1-1) . . . 10-5 in the other game . . . 2B Jan Hernandez, 3-run HR keyed a 5-run 5th . . . SS J.P. Crawford, 5th double, 3 RBI, 7th SB . . . WP: Ranfi Casimio (1-3).

This Date
May 2, 1970–In a real rarity, both Phillies catchers, Tim McCarver (foul tip) and Mike Ryan (spiked on play at the plate), suffer broken bones in their hands in the sixth inning of a 7-1 loss at San Francisco. Utility player Jim Hutto finishes the game behind the plate. Injuries happen 3 batters apart.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book, If These Walls Could Talk, the following dates and locations with more to come:

May 22–Barnes & Noble, Cherry Hill Mall, 6:30 p.m.
June 1–Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
June 13–Citizens Bank Park, 6-7 p.m.
June 16–Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, Wilmington, DE 4 p.m.
July 12–Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, Wilmington, DE 6 p.m.
August 14–BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood, NJ, 5:30 p.m.

Chapter 13: World Series appearances, 1980, 1983, 1993, 2008, 2009. What was it like to be behind the scene for baseball’s showcase?

CBP Phun Phact

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One of the great moments in Citizens Bank Park’s first 10 seasons was a nose-breaking catch by Aaron Rowand against the Mets in 2006.

Check out http://www.phillies-com/alumni for more memorable moments at CBP during the 2005-6-7 seasons. Look for the image of Rowand and Pat Burrell, the first Phillies to hit back-to-back home runs in the postseason (2007).

The page also includes Phlashback Moments dating back to the Phillies first game ever, which was on this date in 1883. Other May 1 moments include a no-hitter and the 100th anniversary game in which Tony Perez starred.

All Wet
Yesterday was a wipe out day for baseball along the east coast.

The Phillies finished April with 3 rainouts at home, the most in the first month since 1997. Speaking of finishing April, a year ago they were 12-15.

Last night’s washout will be played on Monday, June 2, previously a day off. That makes it a 5-game series against the Mets. It will be the second 5-game set in the history of Citizens Bank Park. The other came in 2006 against the Marlins. Phillies took that series, 3-2.

Number of the Day
10—That’s how many years the Phillies have been in first place on May 1. Four times they reached the postseason.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley travel day to Gwinnett, GA.

Reading ended a 5-game losing streak, 3-2, in Portland . . . LF Albert Cartwright, 3-4-, 2B, RBI . . RF Cam Perkins, 10th 2B . . . 3B Carlos Alonso, 2-5 . . . Cesar Hernandez played SS, 1-4 . . . WP: Severino Gonzalez (3-1), 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 SO . . . SV: Ken Giles (7), allowed 1 run (2nd of season) in 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO (final out).

Clearwater lost its 6th in a row, 7-6, to Brevard County in 11 innings . . . RF Brian Pointer, 1st HR . . . 3B Harold Martinez, 2B, 2nd HR, 3 RBI.

Lakewood was rained out at Lexington, KY.

So, May 1
Dennis Orlandini sent an e-mail yesterday morning: “I see that your new book’s in-store date is tomorrow (May 1). Quite appropriately for someone who has spent a half-century with the club the release date to the public is on the anniversary of the Phillies first-ever game.” Well, the release date was purely incidental. Triumph Books and I hadn’t thought about it.

Four weeks from today (May 22), a book signing at Barnes & Noble, Cherry Hill (NJ) Mall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. More signing dates to come.

Oh, the name of the book……If These Walls Could Talk. Friend Larry Bowa wrote the foreword.

Elusive 100

Career win #100 has been quite evasive, elusive and slippery for Cole. After winning a career-high 17 games in 2012, he entered last season needing just 9 but finished with a career-low 8. His 8th win on September 14 got him to 99. He’s still sitting on that number.

After last night, the Mets are 14-7 against Cole, including 5-1 in his last 6 starts against them at Citizens Bank Park. In those 6 starts, he’s given up 29 earned runs in 31.1 innings. Cole struggled throwing strikes (55 strikes, 51 balls) last night as he walked 5 (4 in 1 inning, a first for him) and hit 1. A year ago (4/28), he walked 6. Yep, against the Mets.

It would seem as if the law of averages would be on Cole’s side against the Mets. Guess not.

Number of the Day
19: home runs for the Mets David Wright at Citizens Bank Park, most among the enemy.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week
Pitcher: RHP Mark Leiter, Lakewood . . . 2 G, 1-0, 0.64 ERA, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 12 SO . . . 3-1 for 5 season stars, 1.97 ERA . . . Career: 7-1, 2.19 for 21 games, 9 starts . . . 23-year-old is the son of former Phillies pitcher, Mark Leiter; selected in the 22nd round, 2013, out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and signed by Paul Murphy.

Player: C Tommy Joseph, Reading . . . 4 G, .375 average, 2 singles, 1 double, 3 HR, 9 RBI . . . Placed on the DL Saturday with concussion-like symptoms . . . Acquired from Giants 7/31/12 in the Hunter Pence trade.

Lehigh Valley lost, 8-0, to Pawtucket in a game called after 5.2 innings because of rain. IronPigs had 2 singles.

Reading lost its 5th straight, 10-2, in Portland; held to 6 singles. Needing work, RHR Ken Giles pitched the 8th inning and struck out the side.

Clearwater got pounded by Brevard County, 20-0. 6 Clearwater pitchers gave up 20 runs and 10 walks. The only Thresher to take the mound that didn’t give up a run was catcher Chad Carman who pitched a scoreless 9th inning. The Threshers had 4 singles and a double.

Lakewood won its 3rd straight, 9-4, at Lexington, a game called after 6.2 innings by rain. Blue Claws had 8 doubles, 2 each for RF Dylan Cozens and 1B Willians Astudillo. 3B Mitch Walding, in first game off the DL, 2-4, 2 RBI. WP: Alejandro Arteaga (2-3).

Transactions: INF Troy Hanzawa (LV) and LHP Franklin Vargas (extended), released . . . RHP Dan Childs (Clearwater), on DL . . . 3B Mitch Walding (Lakewood), activated from DL.

April 30 Flashback Moments
1887—Phillies beat New York, 19-10, in the first game played at Broad and Huntington Streets Park, later known as Baker Bowl . . . 1961—Manager Gene Mauch uses seven pinch hitters, five in one inning (8th), as Phillies prevail, 11-7, in 10 innings in St. Louis.

Big Moment
If These Walls Could Talk, my first book as a solo author, is available starting tomorrow. Triumph Books is the publisher. Book stores, online and the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park are places where the book can be found, rather purchased.

Will be talking about the book with Pat Williams on his radio show on WDBO in Orlando, FL, 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.

Book signings at Citizens Bank Park have been booked for June 1 (12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.) and June 13 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.). Will post other book signings as they become available.

Chapter 12: Unfulfilled Championship Seasons, an inside look at those seasons in which we fell short of the World Series.

Honors for Chooch

Congratulations to Chooch, the National League Player of the Week. He surely deserves the honor.
He’s the third Phillies catcher to win the award, joining Bob Boone (1979) and Mike Lieberthal (1999).

Mets Series
A two-game series starts tonight. Phillies hold an all-time edge, 475-417.

Mets, however, led 10-9 last season, including 6-3 at Citizens Bank Park. They have won the last four games.

Cole bids for his 100th career win. The Mets seem to have his number, 13-7.

Former Phillies on the Mets include OF Bobby Abreu and pitching coach Dan Warthen. C Travis d’Arnaud was originally drafted by the Phillies.

Number of the Day
259: Phillies team batting average which is second in the NL, but a distant second. Rockies’ .295 leads.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley dropped a 4-2 decision to Pawtucket in 11 innings . . . LP: BJ Rosenberg (0-1), 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1.2 IP. Left game in 11th after being hit on the head by a line drive. According to a media report, BJ said he was fine after the game.

Reading lost its fourth in a row, 8-6, at Portland . . . 2B Carlos Alonso, single, 2 doubles . . . LF Cam Perkins, 2-5 . . . DH Chris Serritella, 1st HR . . . LP: Jesse Biddle (2-3); struggled with control, 48 strikes, 38 balls.

Clearwater dropped its third straight, 6-5, to Brevard County . . . 2B KC Serna, 4 hits . . . CF Peter Lavin, double, HR, 2 RBI . . . LP: Jeb Stefan (1-2).

Lakewood was idle.

Extended Spring Training
Some 40 players participate in this phase of the Phillies baseball development program at Carpenter Complex. The players didn’t make the top four minor league rosters but will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies or Williamsport when their leagues begin play in June.

Players on rehab at the Complex often play in the games. Ethan Martin threw in a game for the first time yesterday, 1 inning, 1 hit, 18 total pitches. Darin Ruf and Miguel Gonzalez will soon get some game experience before moving to a higher pro level in the rehab process. Among the minor league prospects that are rehabbing and playing are SS Roman Quinn and 3B Mitch Walding.

Games are played Monday through Saturday against teams from the Blue Jays, Yankees and Pirates, meaning road trips to Dunedin, Tampa and Bradenton. Starting time is 1 p.m. except 10 a.m. on Saturday. On occasion, there is no game during the week and the day is listed as a “camp day”. That’s the case for the Phillies tomorrow.

There is no admission charge. On most days, sea gulls out-number spectators.

Stats and records are not kept as the primary purpose is instruction, development and rehab.

Routine schedule:
7:00 a.m.–Players report for breakfast (catered by Lenny’s Restaurant).
8:00 a.m.–Mandatory report time for all players, including those on rehab.
8:15 a.m.–Early work begins with coordinators; early hitting in indoor training facility.
9:30 a.m.–Player orientation.
10:00 a.m.–Stretch/long toss/conditioning.
10:30 a.m.–Fundamental of the day.
11:15 a.m.–Batting practice.
Noon—Lunch break.
1:00 p.m.—Play Ball! 7-inning doubleheaders are played 4 times per week.
4:00 p.m.–Postgame conditioning in weight room.

Tomorrow’s early workout schedule is posted on a bulletin board.

Staff includes Roly deArmas (manager), Rafael DeLima (coach), Steve Schrenk (pitching coach), Troy Hoffert (athletic trainer) and Armando Adame (strength & conditioning coach). The various coordinators will also spend time at EST in addition to visiting the four minor league teams.

This Date
April 29, 1981—Needing three strikeouts to reach 3,000, LHP Steve Carlton strikes out the side in the first inning against the Expos in FOUR minutes at Veterans Stadium.

More flashback moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni. A vintage photo of fans buying tickets at Baker Bowl is included on the page. Check it out.

R&R

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Tough 10-game road trip out west to Denver-LA-Phoenix, different time zones, 8 night games, 2 losses to start and then a rebound to finish 6-4. Now, time for some R&R with a day off today.

Much of the success on the trip came from R&R as in Revere and Ruiz.

Ben led the club with 14 hits and a .341 average. Since last May 1, he’s hitting .336. Ruiz had a week that should win the NL Player of the Week honors, .500, 6 extra-base hits, 7 RBI and 8 runs.

Not to be overlooked yesterday was A.J., who was brilliant, 8 shutout innings. First win by a Phillies starter since April 4 (Cliff). Nieves caught A.J. for the second straight game. They now have a string of 15 consecutive scoreless innings going. By the way, the Phillies are 5-0 when Nieves catches.

Number of the Day
8: Phillies had gone 8 straight games scoring in the 7th inning or later until yesterday.

New York, New York
It will be Philadelphia against New York tomorrow night at the Sports Complex.

Phillies and Mets play and across the street, the Flyers face the Rangers.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley: 1 win, 1 loss, 1 rainout . . . David Buchanan (3-0) picked up the win yesterday against Pawtucket, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 5 SO . . . SV: Luis Garcia (3); 0 R in 6 G, 9 IP . . . 1B Jim Murphy, 2 doubles, 2 RBI . . . C Sebastian Valle, 3 RBI.

Reading lost all 3 at New Hampshire . . . Ken Giles blew first save on Friday night in 11-10, 12-inning defeat. His 6 saves lead the Eastern League.

Clearwater dropped 3 to Dunedin scoring 3 total runs . . . C Gabriel Lino, 2-4, HR, 2 RBI yesterday, first game since promotion from Lakewood . . . Friday and Saturday games at Bright House Field drew over 13,000. Sunday’s crowd in Dunedin, 387.

Lakewood split 4 games with Savannah, winning Saturday and Sunday after a DH loss on Friday . . . Mark Leiter (3-1) won on Saturday, 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 SO; SV: Cody Forsythe (3) . . . HRs on Sunday, SS J.P. Crawford (2), 1B Wilmer Oberto (3).

Catchers: LV’s Cameron Rupp has been on the DL since April 14 (oblique straight); he leads the club with 4 HR . . . Reading’s Tommy Joseph went on the DL on Saturday (concussion-like symptons); he missed most of last season with 2 concussion injuries; Tommy was hitting .316 in last 10 games and leading the club with 4 HR, 15 RBI . . . His DL triggered a flurry of roster moves involving catchers: Valle from Reading to LV when Rupp went down; Logan Moore from Clearwater to Reading; Chad Carman from Clearwater to Reading; Gabriel Lino from Lakewood to Clearwater . . . Phillies also signed a catcher, Lars Davis, who was released by Arizona’s AA club last week; he played in AAA a year ago . . . Davis was sent to Reading; Carman returned to Clearwater . . . Also on DL this weekend: Reading OF Kelly Dugan (oblique); Lakewood OF Larry Greene (left wrist sprain).

Alumni Birthdays
Today: LHP Jim Poole (48), RHP Pedro Ramos (79), OF Jackie Brandt (80) . . . Tuesday: 1B J.R. Phillips (44) . . . Thursday: INF Rudy Meoli (63), OF Stan Palys (84) . . . Friday: C Keith Moreland (60) . . . Saturday: CH Davey Lopes (69) . . . Sunday: OF Jason Michaels (38), INF Freddie Andrews (62).

Hard To Believe
We’re still in April and All-Star voting is underway.

2 More Days
Yep, in 2 days it will be May 1. That means my book will be on sale in stores and online. Publisher: Triumph Books. Title: If These Walls Could Talk. Foreword: Larry Bowa. Paperback. 208 pages.

Chapter 11: All-Star Games, stories about the two games played at Veterans Stadium, including ASG memories from Phillies alumni.

Chooch Wins Academy Award

Reds v PhilliesA large green creature first appeared at Veterans Stadium on this date in 1978, Phillie Phanatic, who would become baseball’s most entertaining mascot. In this photo, Phanatic is acknowledging Jim Thome’s historic 400th home run at Citizens Bank Park 10 years ago in June.

Academy Award for Chooch
Byrd got the big hit, KK had another strong start, the bullpen imploded again but the Phillies rallied for a win last night. Winning a four-game series isn’t easy, especially on the road and especially against a highly-touted team many feel will go all the way.

But credit belongs to Chooch, who came into the series with no RBI. All he did was go 7-for-14, which included 4 doubles, a triple and a home run. He drove in 6 and scored 5, including a game-winner. Ryno had him everywhere in the batting order, fourth, fifth, seventh (0-3) and last night, second. In 3 games in the 2 hole, he’s reached base 12 times in 15 plate appearances.

The tough 10-game, 3-city trip ends in Phoenix, a weekend series against the lowly Diamondbacks, winners of their last 2 games. No game Monday and then the Mets for two at Citizens Bank Park starting Tuesday night, Hatfield’s $1 dog night.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley had a 4-game winning streak stopped, 9-5, when Norfolk scored 6 in the top of the 9th off Seth Rosin (0-1) and Justin DeFratus . . . 3B Maikel Franco, single, double, 1st HR.

Reading was not scheduled. Took a long bus ride for a seven-game road trip in New England (New Hampshire and Maine).

Clearwater won, 7-5, at Dunedin . . . C Logan Moore, 3 hits, 3 RBI . . . SS Malquin Canelo, 2 doubles . . . WP: Ethan Stewart (1-1).

Lakewood lost, 10-3, to Savannah . . . DH Wilmer Oberto, 2 hits, including 2nd HR.

Book Talk
Will be on WDEV’s SCORE program with host Jeff Fuller on Sunday night, 9:40 p.m., talking about my book, If These Walls Could Talk. Check it out at http://www.wdevradio.com.

Book is available starting next Thursday.

Cole Solid, But Gets L

Cole looked in mid-season form in his return from the DL but the Phillies couldn’t solve Greinke last night, a 5-2 defeat. He threw just 86 pitches and left the game, down 2-1, after 6 innings. The night before, the bullpen did the job and the Phillies won. Last night, the pen gave up 3 runs 2 innings.

Cole was making his first appearance on the Dodger Stadium mound since the NLCS on October 14, 2009. His bid for his 100th big league win fell short for the third time. Only six pitchers in Phillies history reached the century mark. Schilling is #6, 101 wins.

Series finale tonight and then three games in Phoenix over the weekend.

Zo Zone Note
Interesting note from Todd Zolecki’s Zo Zone blog:
“I’m not sure if this is an interesting fact or a case of digging too deep, but yesterday I discovered that today will be just the sixth day since the final month of the 2011 season that the Phillies will not have at least one everyday position player or member of their five-man rotation on the disabled list.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won its 4th in a row, 5-4, over Norfolk on Troy Hanzawa’s SF in the 9th inning . . . 3 hits each for CF Tyson Gillies and RF Steve Susdorf . . . WP: Luis Garcia (2-0).

Reading won, 1-0, behind Jesse Biddle (2-2), Kyle Simon and Ken Giles (6th save). Biddle has 21 strikeouts in last 14.2 innings . . . Giles has 19 strikeouts in 10 innings . . . 1B Cam Perkins, 2-4; hitting .406 . . . C Tommy Joseph’s 4th-inning single drove in the lone run.

Clearwater ended a 5-game losing streak, 6-3, over Daytona. WP: Jeb Stefan (1-1) . . . SV: Dan Childs (1) . . . C Jesus Posso, 1st HR.

Lakewood lost, 9-3, to Charleston . . . CF Carlos Tocci, 2-3; hitting .385 in last 10 games . . . 2B Andrew Pullin, 1st HR.

This Date
1961, RHP Art Mahaffey struck out 17 Cubs at Connie Mack Stadium, a record a Phillies pitcher that still stands. Mahaffey, 23, threw 146 pitches, of which only 48 were called balls.

He fanned Don Zimmer, Ron Santo, Ernie Banks and Frank Thomas three times each in matching the Major League record for most strikeouts in a day game, set by Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals against the Cubs, July 30, 1933.

For more flashback moments, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Blurb
If These Walls Could Talk” is the title of my new book which will be available starting May 1 in book stores and on-line. Triumph Books (triumphbooks.com) is the publisher. Stories from the locker room, dugout and press box from my 5 decades with the Phillies.

Chapter 10: The offseason, spring training and opening day. Included are spring training and opening day memories by numerous Phillies Alumni.

Phillies Reach .500

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Former second baseman Marlon Anderson is now with MLB.com. What’s his role? Check out Paul Hagen’s “Where Are They Now” feature on Marlon at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Back At .500
For the second straight night in Dodger Stadium, the Phillies got stellar starting pitching which resulted in a second straight win. For the first time since April 13, the Phillies are at .500, 10-10.

A.J. still hasn’t won on that mound (0-4) but he was outstanding, giving up just 2 runs in 6.2 innings. When a starter can get to the seventh inning, it sets up the bullpen to do its thing and Jake, Mike, Antonio and Pap shut the door.

Ruiz, who earlier had his first triple since 2010, began the 10th with a pop fly to short left. Instead of just jogging assuming the ball would be caught, he busted it. The ball wasn’t caught and he was on second base from where he scored on Domonic’s single. The error was the 22nd for the Dodgers in 21 games.

Phillies had 11 hits, 3 from A.J. (career-high) in the 9 hole and 4 from Ben in the lead-off spot.

Cole makes his first start tonight, meaning the Phillies have their rotation in order for the first time this season. He’s bidding to become the seventh pitcher in Phillies history to win 100 games.

Minor League Report

Players of the Week (April 14-20)
Pitcher: Jesse Biddle, Reading . . . 1-0, 1 G, 1.29 REA, 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO . . . Won POTW for the fifth time in his career . . . Selected in 1st round, 2010, out of Germantown Friends School; signed by Eric Valent.

Player: OF Carlos Tocci, Lakewood . . . 5 G, .500 (11-22), 5 R, 4 RBI . . . 18-year-old is one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 8/23/11, by Jesus Mendez.

Lehigh Valley won 3rd in a row, 6-3, over Norfolk. DH Leandro Castro, 3-run HR (1st) . . . C Koyie Hill, 2-run HR, 1st . . . WP: Greg Smith (2-0) . . . SV: Justin DeFratus (1).

Reading lost, 11-5, as Richmond scored 6 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th. 6 Reading pitchers walked 9. C Tommy Joseph, 3-run HR, 3rd. All 3 HR have come in last 10 games.

Clearwater lost 5th in a row, 18-5, to Daytona. Cubs pounded out 17 hits, 12 for extra-bases.

Lakewood ended a 4-game losing streak, 7-5, over Charleston. RF Dylan Cozens, 3B, HR (2nd), 2 RBI . . . SS J. P. Crawford, 2-4, 2 R . . . 1B Willians Astudillo stretched hitting streak to 9 games, .485 . . . WP: Cody Forsythe (1-0)

Special Birthday
OF-1B-3B Chuck Harmon becomes the eighth Phillies Alumnus 90 years of age today. He closed out a four-year big league career with the Phillies in 1957, .256 in 57 games. Harmon also played for the Reds and Cardinals.

Other former Phillies in the Nonagenarian Club include SS Alex Monchak (97), P Lou Lucier (96), OF Wally Westlake (93), INF Alvin Dark (92), INF Solly Hemus (91), P Bob Kuzava (90) and P Don Grate (90).

Harmon was sent a Phillies jersey with his name and number (50) on the back as a special birthday gift, a club tradition for Alumni who reach 90.

New Book
Coming May 1, If These Walls Could Talk, my new book. Larry Bowa wrote the foreword. Chapter 9: A Rough Rookie Season. Yep, my first year with the Phillies was 1964, a season to forget.

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