Struggling

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.

NY Weekend

Getting back to the NL East couldn’t come at a better time. The AL East Blue Jays battered the Phillies for the second straight game last night in Toronto.

The Blue Jays have won 8 in row over the Phillies, out-scoring them 53-22 and hitting 16 home runs. In 14 home games, they’ve hit 28 homers. They lead the AL in going deep, 49.

A.J. was tagged for 6 earned runs in 6 innings (including 3 homers). In his 5 previous starts, he had yielded 5 total runs.

Last time the Phillies lost double-digit games, July 27-28 a year ago at Detroit, almost the identical scores of the last 2 days, 10-0, 12-4.

Trip continues in New York this weekend, 3 games against the Mets. Back home Tuesday for another short interleague series, this one against the Angels.

Number of the Day
1: interleague games the Phillies have won out of 7. That 1 win came in the season opener in Texas.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 8-6, at Charlotte . . . 3B Reid Brignac, 2 HR, 6 RBI . . . WP: Jeremy Horst (1-0) . . . SV: Cesar Jimenez (1) . . . INF Freddy Galvis was optioned to LV after last night’s game.

Reading dropped a 5-3 decision at Trenton . . . C Tommy Joseph, 7-16, since returning from the DL . . . LP: Perci Garner (3-2).

Clearwater as held to 3 singles in a 4-0 loss to Dunedin . . . 1B Darin Ruf, 1st rehab game, 0-3, BB, SO . . . LP: Jon Prosinski (0-3).

Lakewood lost, 9-2, to Kannapolis . . . SS J.P. Crawford extended hitting streak to 10 games (16-40); hitting .322 for the season.

This DateMay 9, 1992
RF Dale Murphy hits a solo home run as Phillies lose to San Diego, 5-1, his 398th and final major league home run.

May 10, 1895
Phillies play their 182nd straight game without being shut out.

May 11, 1947
Largest Philadelphia major league baseball crowd, 40,720, watches the Phillies sweep a pair from Brooklyn, 7-3 and 5-4, at Shibe Park.

May 11, 1980
In the seventh inning of a game against the Reds at Riverfront Stadium, Pete Rose steals three bases — second, third, and home. The Phillies win 7-3.

Nightmarish 7th

Just think, the Phillies first game was May 1, 1883. Now, 131 years later, we’ll be playing our 20,000th game tonight in Toronto on May 8. Only 3 other clubs have played that many games, Cubs, Braves and Giants.

Did you know the Phillies once had the nickname, Blue Jays? Well, it happened 70 years ago. Check out the story at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Nightmarish Inning
Through 6 innings last night Cliff trailed, 1-0, in a brisk 1:30. By the time a long 7th inning ended, the Blue Jays scored 9 and hit 3 homers. 2 came off Cliff who had allowed only 3 in 54 innings before then. Cliff fell to 2-5 at Rogers Centre, lowest winning percentage for any of the 33 parks in which he’s pitched (minimum 5 starts).

Toronto has won 7 in a row against the Phillies.

Number of the Day
0—Phillies wins on 5 Wednesdays this season.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 3-2, at Charlotte in 11 innings. 2B Reid Brignac’s homer was the game-winner . . . WP: Seth Rosin (1-1) . . . SV: Luis Garcia (6). Hasn’t allowed a run in 11 appearances (13.2 innings).

Reading defeated Portland, 8-3 . . . 5 different players had multiple hits . . . 2 RBI each for CF Aaron Altherr and 2B Albert Cartwright . . . WP: Hoby Milner (1-2).

Clearwater lost, 6-3, at Dunedin . . . CF Pete Lavin, 4th HR . . . LP: Brody Colvin (0-2) . . . RHP Ethan Martin, scoreless 5th inning in 2nd rehab appearance . . . Darin Ruf begins rehab assignment tonight.

Lakewood lost, 10-2, to Kannapolis . . . SS J.P. Crawford, 2-5, 7th-8th 2B, 1 RBI . . . LP: Drew Anderson (1-2).

Condolences
OF Mel Clark, who played for the Phillies in 1951-55, died last week in West Columbia, WV. He was 87. Condolences are extended to his family.

This Date
May 8 is very slim for Phillies Plashback moments. But, it gets filled today.

Book Time
My book, If These Walls Could Talk, is now available in book stores and online. At Citizens Bank Park, it is on sale in the Majestic Clubhouse store. Chapter 14: features stories on uniform numbers worn in Phillies history.

Book signings are multiplying. The first is May 16 at the Myerstown (PA) High School Alumni Reunion. I have a friendly diploma from there (1956). Oldest Alumnus is dad, a 1935 grad who is 98 years young. No, he won’t have to buy the book.

First public event is May 22 at the Barnes & Noble store in the Cherry Hill (NJ) Mall. That starts at 6:30 p.m.

More signings information will be posted as we get closer to the various dates.

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.

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