Keep Positive

Today’s Lineup
Rollins, SS; Victorino, CF; Utley, 2B; Howard, 1B; Burrell, LF; Werth, RF; Bruntlett, 3B; Coste, C; Hamels, P.

Puzzle Continues
Kyle kept us in the game with another typical performance from him.  Runners get on base but he controls the damage.  Can’t get a better quality start than one run in eight innings.

Brad couldn’t throw strikes and the game got out of hand in the ninth.  He’s been so super up until last night. 

The puzzle continues with the offense.  It is not just one or two players but multiple.  It is frustrating.  Just got to keep battling, keep working, keep positive.

Salute to Roberts
Two weeks from tonight, Phillies Alumni Night will feature a salute to Robin Roberts, who broke in with the Phillies 60 years ago this past June 18.  Robbie received the highest honor in baseball by being inducted into the Hall of Fame exactly 32 years ago on this date (August 9).
Roberts won the final game in 1950 when the Phillies, known as the Whiz Kids, won the pennant in Brooklyn.  He was pitching for the third time in the final five days of that season.
Joining Robbie on the field in the 6:30 p.m. pre-game ceremonies will be six members of the Whiz Kids, catcher Stan Lopata, pitcher Curt Simmons, pitcher Bob Miller, infielder Putsy Caballero, outfielder Jack Mayo and coach Maje McDonnell.  Roberts’ family will be here: his brother, three sons and grandchildren.
In addition to the eight Phillies Wall of Famers, nearly 35 Alumni will be introduced including Gene Garber, Ricky Jordan, Al Holland, Mitch Williams, Tommy Herr, Mark Leiter, Marty Bystrom, Del Unser, Ruben Amaro Sr., Larry Christenson and Ricky Bottalico.

Courtesy of Toyota, all fans will receive a commemorative print of Robbie.  The print includes a painting by Hall of Fame and Phillies artist Dick Perez and a biography of the great right-hander.

This Date
In Phillies history…..
1890 Phillies win 16th straight game, 5-2, at Cleveland.
1987 For only the third time in club history, Phillies hit three consecutive homers in an inning: Milt Thompson, Von Hayes and Mike Schmidt; 8th inning vs. Atlanta at the Vet.
1988 Mike Schmidt plays in 2,155th game at third base to break Eddie Mathews’ all-time NL record.


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