Doc Rarity

Lyle Overbay was released by the Pirates last week, was washing his car at home last Friday, signed by the Diamondbacks and made his first start last night against Doc, a teammate in Toronto.

Lyle’s two-run double in the top of the ninth ended Arizona’s seven-game losing streak at Citizens Bank Park and gave the Diamondbacks their NL-high 35th comeback win.  Doc entered the ninth inning having throw 96 pitches and ended up at 123.  As he said after the game, two of those ninth-inning pitches were mistakes (location) and it cost him. 

For Doc, it dropped his record to 35-4 when he had a lead in a Phillies game. It was his second loss at home this season. 

From Elias Sports Bureau:
**It was the first loss of his career in which he was pitching with a lead in the ninth inning.
**It snapped a streak of 10 straight wins at home.
**It was his 13th complete gave loss over the last five seasons; no other pitcher has even half that number.

Doc even chipped in with two hits, including his first-ever extra base hit.  Leading 2-1, he doubled to start the seventh.  He didn’t score and it came back to haunt the Phillies.

Harry Statue
The late Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas is one of the most beloved characters in Philadelphia Sports History.  His soothing voice came into our homes for more than 38 summers describing the exploits of his favorite team, the men he called the “Fightin Phils.” Upon his passing in 20009, many fans felt the same sense of grief as if they had lost a family member.

Prior to last night’s game, ceremonies welcomed the fifth bronze statue at Citizens Bank Park.

Fans packed the area behind Section 141, lined three long ramps, filled the second deck of Harry the K’s and were looking down from the upper deck to see the ceremony.  Dear Harry, Inc., a group that was formed to fund the statue, beamed like little kids and deservedly so.  Their dream came to life during the 15-minute ceremony which climaxed with Steve Carlton and Jimmy Rollins unveiling the 7.5-foot statue.

Sculptor Larry Nowlan did a great job.  Larry sculpted a 2008 World Series ring on Harry’s right hand, which is holding a microphone and leaning on a Richie Ashburn model bat.  Harry’s trademark white shoes were naturally bronze.

During the game, Harry’s youngest son, Kane, sang “God Bless America” and Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.  He was wearing white shoes.

Taylor-Wise Puzzle
Still working on the details from Monday’s blog which got people’s attention.  Unable to reach Rick as he’s been traveling back home.

Down On The Minors
David Bush made his Lehigh Valley debut an impressive one, 0 runs, 3 hits, 6 innings as the IronPigs beat Rochester 5-2 . . . Riding home runs from LF Brett Clevlen, 3B Carlos Rivero and C Tuffy Gosewisch, Reading defeated Portland, 7-5 . . . Clearwater dropped a 4-2 decision to Dunedin . . . Lakewood won twice over Delmarva; 2-1, 7-inning complete game for RH Lisalverto Bonilla (3-4) and 5-3, LF Bill Rice extended his hitting streak to 9 games (,515); hitting .396 since joining the BlueClaws on July 16 . . . Williamsport is on a two-day All-Star Game break; OF Aaron Altherr, OF Kyrell Hudson, RHS Michael Nesseth and RHR Gabriel Arias were named to the NL squad . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies were rained out for the fifth time in the last week

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