May 2010

Vote for Chooch

He may be the only starter who hasn’t been in an All-Star Game, but Carlos is an all-star in the eyes of his teammates.  He’s also very popular with the fans.

“Chooch” came through big time last night.  He narrowly missed hitting a game-winning home run on his first swing in the 10th.  The ball curled foul.  Two pitches later he did it, setting of a home plate celebration and two face pies during a post-game TV interview.  Wonder what it feels like to hit a walk-off home run.  Guess I’ll never know.

He’s a rock behind home plate, handles pitchers well, is durable and this year he’s hitting .288.  All that can add up to an All-Star Game selection.  So, get busy and vote.

Cole was vintage 2008 Cole.  More outings like that will be huge.  Fans gave him a standing ovation when he left the game and he acknowledged the reception.

Jayson extended his on-base streak to 26 games.  It is the longest streak at the start of a season for the Phillies dating back to 1920.

Happy Birthday
Former Phillies outfielder, Larry Hisle, 63 today.

This Date In Phillies History
1938: RHP Hal Kelleher, a Philadelphia native, gave up a National League record (which still stands) 12 runs in the eighth inning of a 21-2 loss to the Cubs in Chicago.  The loss went to LHP Wayne LeMaster, the starter.  He left the game after falling behind the first batter (Stan Hack), 3-1.  Hack scored one of the four first-inning runs and the Cubs never trailed, thus the defeat for LeMaster.  Attendance: 1,314.  Kelleher may have felt better knowing that so few people saw his historic performance.

Did You Know?
65,523 hot dogs were sold on Monday night, the first Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Night of the season.



Eisey Remembers

We handled a couple of tough pitchers Saturday and Sunday but couldn’t make hay against a rookie lefty last night.  Now, we get another toughie tonight, Wainwright. That’s baseball.  There are no picnics.

Most damaging hit last night came from another StL rookie, David Freese, a bases-clearing double.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Cardinals entered the game with an .882 slugging percentage with the bases loaded this season.  That’s more than 150 points higher than any other team in the majors.

Chase went deep in the 9th, his fifth homer against a left-handed pitcher this year, which is the most among all NL players.

Alumni Memories
Even after decades of being around baseball players, I’m still amazed at their memories. 

Jim Eisenreich is here for four days of promotional work for the Phillies.  Chatting with him last night, he vividly remembers his first homer in the majors:  “It was against Oakland, Rick Langford, my first start of the 1962 season.  It was a mid-week afternoon game at the Metrodome and there were about 5,000 people in the stands.  Only three people were standing and cheering behind our dugout–my dad, my mom and my sister.”

“Eisey” will be signing autographs at the Alley Store in Ashburn Alley on Thursday, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  He’ll also be back for Alumni Weekend, August 6-7-8.

National TV
ESPN is picking up tomorrow night’s game (blacked out in the Philadelphia market); Dave O’Brien and Rick Sutcliffe.

Saturday, another 3:10 p.m. FOX telecast.  Other FOX game that day is the Red Sox/Yankees.  Guess where the number 1 broadcasting team (Joe Buck/Tim McCarver) will be.   You only get one guess.

This Date in Phillies History
: Phillies edge Braves, 5-4, in 20 innings before 10,158 at the Vet; longest game for Phils since 1919.  Braves left 27 men on base.

1975: Very unpopular trade, Willie Montanez sent to the Giants for Garry Maddox, who turned out to be an 8-time Gold Glove centerfielder.

2004: Abreu, Burrell and Thome hit consecutive homers in 5th inning, 5th time in club history and first at Citizens Bank Park.

2005:  Rollins leadoff homer is his 15th, breaking Samuel’s club record.

2006: Charlie Manuel wins 500th game as a major league manager (280 with Phillies).



Big Fourths=Two ins

Teams have won back-to-back games thousands of times.  Not sure how many times, a team has duplicated what the Phillies did on national TV on Saturday afternoon and last night.

They won each game because of a big fourth inning, 6 on Saturday and 9 yesterday.  And, they did it against the Mets’ two best pitchers, Pelfrey and Santana.

Santana was leading, 5-2, going into the fateful fourth.  In his 65 previous starts, he was 51-0 when his team had given him 5 or more runs. 

Jamie survived a pair of crooked-run innings to beat the Mets for the 10th time in his career.  13 other clubs are in that club.

Werth stretched his streak of reaching base to all 24 games this season (29 hits, 13 walks).  It matches the longest stretch at the start of a Phillies season since Richie Hebner did it in 1977.

League Leaders
Werth, 12 doubles . . . Chase, 24 runs . . . Ryan and three others, 12 multi-hit games.

The 2010 edition arrived this weekend.  Phillies have been publishing Yearbooks since 1949, one of the longest streaks in the majors.  Believe only the Yankees have been doing it longer.  If anybody out there knows, kindly post it.

Up-close and personal questions on the players are very interesting. 

Among the questions: “What is No. 1 on your ‘Bucket List” when you retire?”  J-Roll’s response: “Win a Grammy.”

Also, “What is your worst habit?”  Again, J-Roll: “Predicting number of wins in the offseason.”

Happy Birthday
Davey Lopes, a very young 65.