August 2012

KK Keeps Kooking

KK is on roll and pitching as well as anyone on the staff.  He won another as the Phillies averted a sweep at home at the hands of the Mets.

New York had won five in a row at Citizens Bank Park matching a winning streak back at the Vet in 1972.  The Mets finished 7-2 in Philly this season.  They have only five other road wins in eastern division cities.

KK’s given up four runs in winning four in a row.  In 29.1 innings, he’s fanned 22.   His pitch count was outstanding, 83 pitches, 63 for strikes.  Those kinds of numbers are usually turned in by Doc or Cliff.

KK had to be stingy because the offense couldn’t break open a tight game.  They left 12 men on base and were 2-12 with runners in scoring position.

Howard had an unusual series.  He had just one hit but drove in six runs.  Four came on that one hit, a grand slam in his first at-bat on Friday.

Phillies took a Delta charter flight to Atlanta. The Braves are in the hunt for the postseason, the same scenario as a year ago.  The Phillies faced the Braves six times last September and won all six.  Friday starts six games against them in the final month.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley was held to 3 hits in losing, 5-0, to SWB.

Reading edged Binghamton, 7-6, as LF Darin Ruf hit his 38th homer and drove in 4 (102); .321 average is .001 point behind the EL leader in a bid for a Triple Crown.  38 homers break Ryan Howard’s 2004 Reading Phillies record of 37.  RHS Austin Hyatt (8-5) was the winner with 24th save for RHR Justin Friend.  Reading closes out the regular season with 4 games in Portland, ME, starting Friday night.

Clearwater beat Dunedin, 4-2, with RHS Perci Garner (7-9) getting his second straight win.  RHR Michael Nesseth, 8th save. 1B Jim Murphy, 38th double, 2 RBI (84).

Lakewood bowed, 6-4, at Delmarva. OF Aaron Altherr, 8th homer, 2 RBI. 3B Maikel Franco, 30th double, 82nd RBI.  BlueClaws hosts Greensboro in the final four games starting Friday night.

Williamsport was whipped by Batavia, 10-2. 6 games remain on the schedule.


August 31, 1979: Farm director Dallas Green replaces Danny Ozark as the Phillies manager.  Ozark finishes with a 594-510 record for six-plus seasons.

August 30 would have been the 68th birthday of Tug McGraw.  Scott Palmer’s feature on Tugger now appears on along with more phlashback memories as September rolls around.


Rookie Bests Rookie

Somewhere in Allentown, Tyler Cloyd woke up Wednesday morning expecting to take the mound at Coca-Cola Park as the IronPigs continued their quest for the playoffs against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Somewhere in suburban Philadelphia Cole Hamels woke up with a stomach virus, scratching him from his Wednesday start against the Mets.

So, at 7 p.m., instead of Coca-Cola Park’s mound, Cloyd was standing on the mound at Citizens Bank Park.  Normal AAA crowd of 10,000 would swell to over 40,000.  Gotta have some jitters. He was touched for six hits and three runs in the first three innings and then retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced, working six innings for the 26th time in 27 starts this season between AA, AA and MLB.

The loss was his second of the entire and first since May 20 vs. Louisville.

Meanwhile, the Phillies offense was stymied by a Mets rookie hurler and New York improved to 7-1 at Citizens Bank Park this season.  Single runs in the first two innings was it for the Phillies.

2008 Class

Cloyd was the Phillies 18th round selection in 2008, one of five right-handed pitchers from that draft who have been with the Phillies: Vance Worley (3rd round), Michael Stutes (11th), B. J. Rosenberg (13th) and Michael Schwimer (14th)

Chase Moving?

Todd Zolekci has a story on about Chase willing to try to move to third base.  Ten years ago he made that at Scranton-Wilkes-Barre.  He committed 28 errors, 14 in the first 25 games and 14 in his last 68 games, including just five in his final 41 games.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley won, 6-2, over 1st-place SWB.  Homers by 1B Cody Overbeck (13) and 3B Pete Orr (4).  RHS Scott Elarton (6-11) got the win; 7th save for LH Jake Diekman.  IronPigs trail 2nd-place Pawtucket by 2 games in a bid for the postseason wildcard berth.  4 games left in regular season.

Reading lost, 6-2, to Binghamton.  3B Cody Asche 2-4, double.  LF Darin Ruf (25th game in LF), didn’t hit a home run but had a single and double (32) in 2 at-bats plus 2 walks.  In Triple Crown bid, he leads the EL in homers (37) and RBI (98) and is second to Brock Holt in hitting, .322-.320.  Reading has a 3-game lead over New Britain for second place and a postseason playoff position.  Final home game of regular season is tonight and then 4 games in Portland, ME.

Clearwater split a pair at Daytona.  LH Jesse Biddle (10-6) lost the opener, 4-1, 4 runs, 6 innings.  Gave up 2 runs in the 2nd inning, ending a scoreless streak of 17 innings. 3-1 win for RHR Ryan O’Sullivan (2-1) in 2nd game; 4th save for Colton Murray.  1B Jim Murphy, 17th homer, 82nd RBI.  Threshers are in 3rd place, 2 games out of first in the season’s second half.  First and second half winners qualify for the postseason.  4 games left in regular season, all against the 1st-half champs Dunedin.

Lakewood won, 10-5, at Delmarva.  RF Kelly Dugan, 3 hits, RBI. 3B Maikel Franco, 2, hits, 81st RBI.   Winner: LHS Ethan Stewart (5-9), 9 strikeouts, 6 innings.  2nd save for RH Yaris Sosa.

Williamsport lost, 4-3, to Jamestown.  SS Ramon Quinn extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games with his league-leading 11th triple.  2B Cesar Hernandez leads the organization in triples, 12, in 128 games.  Quinn has his 11 in 59 games.


August 30, 1913: With the Phillies leading, 8-6, in the top of the ninth inning, Baker Bowl fans in one bleacher section began to distract New York Giant batters by waving handkerchiefs, newspapers and straw hats.  Umpire William Brennan forfeits the game to the Giants.  NL President Thomas Lynch overrules Brennan and declares the Phillies the winners. New York appeals and the NL Board of Directors rules the game to be completed in New York on October 2.  Phillies win, 8-6.

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Tale of 2 Bullpens

Part of the Phillies struggles this season involved the offense not adding on and the bullpen adding on.

In the series opener against the Mets on Tuesday, Ryan hit a grand slam four batters into the first inning but the offense could add only one more run on a fifth-inning homer by Chase.  Other than those two long balls, the Phillies had only four other hits in the 10-inning loss.  The Mets bullpen tossed 5.2 scoreless innings.

The Phillies bullpen’s scoreless streak ended with a game-tying run in the 8th inning (a walk starting that inning) and then imploded in the 10th inning, boosting the Mets record vs. the Phillies to 9-4, 6-1 at Citizens Bank Park. Prior to the eighth-inning, they had a string of 15 scoreless innings dating back to August 22.

Howard passed Sherry Magee (892) for sixth place on the Phillies all-time RBI list.

A year ago, the Phillies dominated the NL East, 43-29.  This year, 19-30.

Down on The Farm

Lehigh Valley was not scheduled.  RHP Tyler Cloyd was named the IL Most Valuable Pitcher and also named to the postseason All-Star team.

Reading outlasted Binghamton, 12-8, and you guessed it, LF Darin Ruf hit yet another home run, #37 to tie Ryan Howard’s 2004 Reading Phillies record and #19 in August.  CF Tyson Gillies, 3-5, 4th homer, 3 RBI; 3B Cody Asche, 3-5, 3 runs; C Tommy Joseph, 3-5, 2 duobles,10th homer, 3 RBI.  Win went to RHR Colby Shreve, 2nd of 4 pitchers, 2 runs, 3 hits but 5 strikeouts in 2.1 innings.  2nd save for RH Kyle Simon. Win puts Reading 4 games ahead of New Britain in the race for a postseason berth. 6 games remain in the regular season.

Clearwater was rained out of a DH in Daytona, the third straight day of no games from Tropical Storm Isaac.  LHP Austin Wright was named the FSL Pitcher of the Year.

Lakewood won, 4-0, at Delmarva.  3B Maikel Franco, 4-4, 81st RBI.  C Josh Ludy, 1st pro home run.  Winner was RHS Colin Kleven (8-8), 5 hits, 7.1 innings.

Williamsport edged Jamestown, 2-1. SS Roman Quinn, 2-4, 8th double, 10th triple, 1 RBI.  Has hit in 12 straight games.

**Florida Instructional League will begin September 24 and end October 12.  Andy Tracy will be the manager.  Roster to be announced.

**Arizona Fall League: Dusty Wathan will manage the Peoria Javalinas.  Season runs from October 9 to November 15.

Decade Leaders

Which Phillie led the club in games played during the 1990s decade?

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Answering E-mails

With no game on Monday, time to peek in the e-mail bin:

From Scott: Somewhere between 1966 and 1968, the Phillies had a Tony Taylor bat day at Connie Mack Stadium.  I haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact date.  Can anyone at the Phillies shed some light on the date and opponent?

“Off the top of my head, I don’t remember a Tony Taylor bat day. It might be difficult to find out but will do some digging.  Perhaps someone reading this will have an idea.”

From Larry: Attended the Alumni Luncheon.  What a great, great program.  I wish to inquire as to being able to obtain a video copy of the program.  Would love to enjoy it again.

“Our video guru, Video Dan Stephenson, will be working on producing a half-hour program for Comcast’s On Demand programming. Will keep you informed.”

From Joe: Why is Jim Konstanty not on the Phillies Wall of Fame? He was an NL MVP in a seriously competitive time.

“We haven’t forgotten about him but there is a process for election into the Wall of Fame. Fans vote online during spring training and the top five consensus selections are then presented to a Special Wall of Fame Committee that consists of writers, broadcasters and club executives.  That committee chooses the winner.  I can tell you Jim has been in the top 5 for five straight years but has fallen short each year. I’m sure he’ll be in the running in 2013.”

From Howard: Kudos to the organization. It was nice to see the Alumni singing take me out to the ballgame, singing happy birthday to people etc. I hope you continue with that realm next year. It added an additional element of fun. Will you consider having another home run hitting contest like past years?

“We had planned the same thing a year ago but got rained out.  You would be interested in knowing the Alumni enjoyed it as much as the fans.  I’m sure will do the same next year. As far as the Alumni Batting Challenge, I believe that is history for now.  It was getting more difficult to have Alumni participate.  Most aren’t in shape to take that many swings. It looks easy but in reality, it is very difficult and tiring.  Another point, we had to start the challenge around 12:30 p.m. and there are very few fans in the park at that time.  Doing it after the game isn’t practical.”

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley dropped 5-4, 13-inning decision to 1st-place SWB.  IronPigs have lost 2 in a row to fall 1.5 games behind 2nd-place Pawtucket, winners of 3 straight, in a battle for the wildcard playoff berth.  Six games left on the regular season schedule.  RHR Justin DeFratus, 3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 4 strikeouts.

Reading beat Binghamton, 4-1, as 1B-LF Darin Ruf hit his 36th homer, 1 shy of Ryan Howard’s 2004 club record.  He’s hit 18 home runs this month. 3B Cody Asche 2-4, boosting  August average to .368.  RHS Trevor May (10-12) was the winner, 1 run, 2 hits, 8 innings, 9 strikeouts.  RHR Justin Friend fanned the side for his 23rd save.  With 7 games left in the regular season, 2nd-place Phillies lead New Britain by 3 games in a battle for a postseason berth.

Clearwater: entire Florida State League was washed out for the second straight day by Tropical Storm Isaac.

Lakewood was not scheduled.

Williamsport beat Jamestown, 6-2.   SS Roman Quinn, 1-4, 2 runs, 28th steal.  RHS Joshua Warner (4-6), 0 runs, 2 hits, 6 innings.

Postseason All-Stars

**Eastern League: 1B-LF Darin Ruf, 2B Cesar Hernandez and C Tommy Joseph.

**Florida State League: LHP Adam Morgan, LHP Austin Wright; C Cameron Rupp.

**Gulf Coast League: OF Andrew Pullin.


August 28, 1971, 2nd game–RHP Rick Wise (14-10) hits a solo home run in the fifth inning and a grand slam in the seventh in defeating San Francisco, 7-3, in a Vet Stadium doubleheader. It is Wise’s second two-home run game of the season, tying a major league record for pitchers.

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Pitching Dominates Nationals

Terrific starting pitcher, nearly perfect relievers and clutch hitting added up to a Phillies three-game sweep of the first-place Nationals over the weekend at Citizens Bank Park, 4-2, 4-2, 4-1.

KK, Doc and Cliff allowed 5 runs in 20.2 innings with 14 strikeouts,   The bullpen worked 6.1 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts.

RBI leaders were J-Roll (4), Mayberry (3), Chase (2).  Hit leaders: J-Roll (5), Mayberry (4), Fransden (3). Utley (2), Howard (2), Nix (2).

Cliff doubled in the first run on Sunday, his first win at home in 49 weeks, 6 days.  Since he beat the Braves, 9-0, at home last September 5, he was winless in 12 starts.  14 different Phillies hurlers posted wins at home during since that time.

The sweep moved the Phillies to 9.5 games out of a wildcard berth.  Seems like a stretch to make it but a year ago, the Cardinals came from way back.

While the Nationals offense was grounded by the Phillies arms, Mother Nature kept the team in Philadelphia Sunday night.  Scheduled to start a series in Miami on Tuesday night, the Nationals delayed their Florida flight until Monday afternoon because of hurricane Isaac.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley won 2 of 3 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  IronPigs trial Pawtucket by ½ game in the battle for the postseason wildcard berth.  Regular season ends Labor Day.

2nd place Reading won 2 of 3 vs. Erie to take a 3-game lead over New Britain for a postseason berth (top 2 teams in each division qualify). 1B Darn Ruf homered Friday and Sunday and singled in the winning run on Saturday. Ended the week with 5 homers and 9 RBI. His 35 homers are second in Reading Phillies history to 37 by Ryan Howard (2004). Regular season ends Labor Day.

Clearwater lost 2 games and was washed out by Isaac on Sunday.  Threshers are in 4th place during the second half, 2 games out.  First and second half winners qualify for the postseason.  Regular season ends on Sunday.

Lakewood lost 2 of 3 to Kannapolis.  Win went to LH Hoby Milner (5-3) on Saturday, 0 runs, 6 innings, 6 strikeouts.  OF Miguel Alvarez led the BlueClaws in hitting during the week (.450).  3B Maikel Franco turned 20 on Sunday. Regular season ends on Labor Day.


Williamsport lost 2 of 3 at Batavia.  RH Manaure Martinez (2-1) won on Sunday, 1 unearned run, 5 innings, 7 strikeouts.  Regular season ends on September 5.

Gulf Coast League Phillies split their last 2 games of the season vs. Toronto.  Season ended Saturday (28-30 record). OF Andrew Pullin led the club in hitting (.321); 3B Zach Green in hits (48); OF Dylan Cozens in runs (24), homers (5) and RBI (24).  LH Franklyn Vargas led in wins (5), innings (46) and strikeouts (48).

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Stingy Bullpen

Credit the bullpen for last night’s win that gave the Phillies a 2-2 split in the series with the Reds.  Cole gave up three runs in six innings and turned the game over to the pen.  Five relievers tossed five hitless, scoreless innings and the Phillies finally won it in the 11th.

After leaving the winning run on third with less than two out in both and ninth and 10th innings, Mayberry came through with a one-out bases-loaded single in the 11th.

The Phillies are 6-9 in extra inning games, winning their last four, all at home.

One of the relievers was Phillippe Aumont who was making his major league debut. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, that has three former Phillies as inductees, Ferguson Jenkins, Pat Gillick and Rheal Cormier, requested an item from Aumont’s debut.  Frank Coppenbarger, Director of Travel and Equipment, indicated they would donate Aumont’s cap.  The 23-year-old Aumont was born in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

The second-best team in the NL left town to make room for a weekend season against the Nationals, the league’s best team.  Phillies are 4-5 against Washington, having won three of the last four.  The same two teams end the season in DC on Oct. 1-2-3.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley lost, 5-3, at Rochester but stayed ½ game ahead of Pawtucket in the battle for the wildcard berth.  No decision for RHS Tyler Cloyd, 7 innings, 3 hits (2 homers), 3 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.  Loser LHR Joe Savery (1-1), 2 unearned runs, 1 inning.

Reading won on a 7th inning grand slam from 1B Darin Ruf, 7-6, over Erie.  Phillies are in 2nd, 1 game ahead of New Britain for a postseason berth.  Homer was the 33rd for Ruf and 3rd this week.  3B Cody Ashe, 3-3, 3 runs, 15th double, 10th homer, 2 RBI.  No decision for RHS Ethan Martin, 4 runs, 7 walks, 5 hits, 4.2 innings.  Winner: RH Julio Rodriguez (7-7); 21st save for Justin Friend.

Clearwater blanked Daytona, 3-0, to pull within 1 game of first place in the second half of the season.  LHS Jesse Biddle (10-5), fresh from a 7-inning no-hit outing, tossed 7 more scoreless innings, allowing 2 first-inning hits, while striking out 9. 149 strikeouts now lead the FSL.

Lakewood nipped Kannapolis, 8-7. 1B William Carmona, double, 1st homer, 4 RBI. RF Kelly Dugan, 3-4.  3B Maikel Franco, 2 doubles (29).

Williamsport bowed, 5-2, at Jamestown.  SS Roman Quinn, 1-4, 7th double, 2 RBI.  RHS Kevin Brady (1-3) took the loss, 5 unearned runs, 3.2 innings.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost twice to the Pirates, 6-0, 4-2.  RF Dylan Cozens, 2-4, triple in 1st game; SS Angelo Mora, 3-3, in 2nd game.  Season ends on Saturday.

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Arroyo Dominates

Bronson Arroyo has really struggled against the Phillies in his career but last night, he had the Phillies hitters struggling.  Going into the game he was 1-7, the lone win coming on July 22, 2000, working seven innings.  He had lost six in a row and only once did he last more than five innings in his 10 starts.

At Citizens Bank Park, he was 0-2 with an 18.00 ERA, 24 hits in 12.1 innings.  That changed last night as he retired the first 14 Phillies. Other than Domonic’s homer and double, he completely shut down the offense.  He didn’t work from the stretch until Brown’s eighth-inning double.

Bruce’s homer in the eighth gave the Reds a 3-1 pad.  It was the 22nd homer the Phillies have allowed in the eighth inning this season.

A ninth-inning single sent Arroyo to the showers and brought in Chapman.  The Phillies second run was charged to Arroyo.  They had the tying run on base when Howard ended the game with a hard line drive to left.

So, the Reds have won two in a row against the Phillies for the first time since Aril 2008 and the first time at Citizens Bank Park since August 2006.

Four-game set ends tonight with a dandy pitching matchup of aces, Cole vs. Cueto.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley won, 1-0, at Rochester on Hector Luna’s 1st-inning RBI single.  LHS Tom Cochran (8-5) won, 7 innings, 2 hits; 6th save for Jake Diekman.  IronPigs trail 2nd-plce Pawtucket by .5 games in the wildcard race.

Reading lost, 2-1, at Harrisburg.  CF Tyson Gillies, 3-4, 7th triple. 1B Darin Ruf, 1-4, 30th double; home run streak ended at 3 straight games.  RHS Trevor May (9-12) gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in 7, 4-hit innings.  He struck out 9. Phillies remain tied with New Britain for a postseason berth.

Clearwater won a doubleheader against Daytona.  SS Edgar Duran hit a 2-run homer in the 1st inning in a 2-1 win for RHS Perci Garner (6-9).  Duran began the 2nd game with a 3-run homer in the first and 1B Jim Murphy followed with his 16th homer, a 4-2 decision. RHR Ryan O’Sullivan (1-0) picked up his first win with the Phillies.  Threshers are 1 game out of first place.  They need to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason.

Lakewood lost by 2 runs for the 2nd straight night vs. Delmarva, 6-4.  C Gabriel Lino, 3-4, 2 RBI.  Loss drove them 5 game out of first.  They need to win the second half to make the playoffs.

Williamsport won for the 5th time in the last 6 games, 10-6, at Jamestown.  SS Roman Quinn 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBI, 3 steals (27 total) and 25th error.  3B Mitch Walding, 3 hits, 2 steals.

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Lee Dry Spell Continues

The season of disbelief continued last night for Cliff. He’s winless in his last 12 starts at home (0-6) since he beat the Braves last Sept. 5.  Yep, he won 11 games at Citizens Bank Park a year ago.  He wound up with his 13th no decision, tops in the majors.

Cliff’s next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Nationals.  His last win came in DC  on July 31, 8-0.  His other win was July 4.

Cincinnati broke a seven-game losing streak against the Phillies (May 24, 2011) with late game long balls, one in the eighth off Bastardo and another in the ninth that turned out to be the game-winner off Papelbon. The Phillies came back to tie in the seventh and eighth and had the tying run on third in the ninth but couldn’t get to Chapman and his 100 mph fast balls.

Fransden continued his impressive play with his third three-hit game in his last five games and two sparkling defensive plays.

Retro Night tonight and then a classic pitching matchup on Thursday, Cole (14-6) against Cueto (16-6).

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley split a pair vs. Toledo.  1-0 win in opener on 1B Cody Overbeck’s 12th homer.  RH Jonathan Pettibone (4-0), 3 hits, 7 innings.  5-2 loss in second game followed  by a bus ride to Rochester.  IronPigs trail Pawtucket by 1 game in a battle for the wildcard berth.

Reading scored 3 in the top of the 9th for an 11-9 win in Harrisburg.  1B Darin Ruf tied the game with his 32nd homer, 13th in last 20 games.  2B Miguel Abreu’s 2-run single won the game. 3B Cody Asche, 3-5, double, 2 homers (8-9), 5 RBI.  Phillies are tied with New Britain for second place and a postseason berth.

Clearwater was rained out.

Lakewood lost to Delmarva, 4-2. 3B Maikel Franco, 3-4, 78th RBI.

Williamsport split a pair at Jamestown. Won, 3-1, in 11 innings in the opener.  OF Yan Olmo drove in all 3 runs, including a 2-run double in the 11th.  4-3 loss in second game.

Gulf Coast League Phillies beat the Yankees, 3-2, on 8th inning home runs by RF Dylan Cozens (5) and 2B Francisco Silva, his 1st in pro ball.

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Pierre MVP II

There’s little doubt that Chooch is the Phillies MVP this season.  If there is such a thing as an MVP II, it would go to 35-year-old Juan Pierre.

Signed in late January to a minor league contract just weeks before the start of spring training, the veteran didn’t know until the last minute that he had made the big league team.

He had another big night on Monday, three singles (10th time this season), three runs, perfectly placed bunt and two more steals.  It was his 31st multi-hit game of the season.  The two steals gave him 31, the 11th time he’s reached that number.

Doc evened his record even though he wasn’t sharp as he’s been recently but thanks to the offense, he breezed to his seventh win and 195th of his career.

Meanwhile, the offense overcame deficits and kept adding on, scoring in every inning but the second.  Twelve runs are the most the Reds have allowed in a game this season.

Game two tonight, Cliff tries to do something he hasn’t done since September 26, win a game at Citizens Bank Park.

From Hunter Pence bobbleheads tonight to Retro Night on Wednesday as the Phillies remember the 1990s.  Tommy Greene, who threw a no-hitter that decade, will throw out the first ball.

Bet you didn’t know that Ricky Bottalico had the most games for a Phillies pitcher in the 1990s and Mickey Morandini played in the most games.  For more fun facts from the 1990s, check out Retro Night.

Players of the Week

Cole Hamels, NL honors . . . Reading 1B Darin Ruf,, Eastern League . . . Clearwater LHS Jesse Biddle,, Florida State League.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley rained out at home vs. Toledo.

Reading lost, 5-2, at Harrisburg.  1B Darin Ruf hit his 31st home run; homer was Ruf’s 112th in 19 games this month. C. Tommy Joseph, 3-3.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood won, 6-4, on 3B Maikel Franco’s walk-off homer, his 14th.  He also had 2 doubles (27), a single in 5 at-bats and drove in 3 (77 for the season).

Williamsport beat State College, 6-4.  1B Chris Serritella, 3-4, including league-leading 22nd double; 3 RBI.

Gulf Coast League won, 6-3, against the Yankees in Tampa. 1B Carlos Valenzuela, 2-4, 2 doubles, 4 RBI.  LH Franklyn Vargas (5-3), 2 runs 2 hits, 5 innings.


August 21, 1949, 2nd game: Fans litter the Shibe Park field after umpire George Barr rules a line drive to CF Richie Ashburn was trapped and not caught.  Umpires forfeit the game to the New York Giants.

August 21, 1972: LHP Steve Carlton loses to the RHP Phil Neikro and the Atlanta Braves 2-1 in 11 innings, snapping a 15-game personal victory streak.

August 21, 1991:1B John Kruk is hit by pitch for first time in his career, 2,681 plate appearances. Phillies win, 4-3, in 11 innings vs. Pittsburgh.

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Big Red Machine Next

KK turned in his second straight gem, the sleepy offense that had produced 17 runs in the first six games of the trip put up eight and the Phillies ended a 4-3 journey by winning the last two in Milwaukee.

The eight runs came from the # 6-7-8 hitters, 7 for 13 with all eight RBI, four by Brown and two each by Martinez and Schneider.  KK hasn’t given up a run in his last two starts following a talking to by Charlie.

The Phillies returned home after Sunday’s game for a 10-game homestand that begins with seven games against the two best teams in the majors, the new Big Red Machine and the East-leading Nationals.

For the first time this season, the Phillies and Reds meet, a four-game series that starts tonight.  The Phillies will visit Cincinnati for three in September.

The Reds lost reigning MVP Joey Votto on July 15 and haven’t skipped a beat, going 24-10 without him.  That includes a five-game losing streak.

Despite losing Votto, the Reds have been one of the healthier teams.  They’ve used 33 players this season, fewest in the majors.  They’ve had only six different starting pitchers.  The needed a sixth starter for the first time last week.

The Phillies have won six in a row against them from last season’s 7-1 domination.  At Citizens Bank Park, the Reds are 9-20.

Down On The Farm (weekend review)

Lehigh Valley lost 2 of 3 to trail Pawtucket by 1 game in a battle for the wildcard berth. 2B Cesar Hernandez had an 8-pitch walk-off SF for the win on Saturday.  The IronPigs have a club-record 13 walk-off wins.  Their 41-21 home record is the best in AAA.

Reading was 1-2 in Akron. Phillies are in third place, 1 game behind New Britain for a postseason berth. Win went to RH Ethan Martin (4-0), 0 runs, 7 innings on Saturday, a 1-0 decision on a game-winning RBI double in the seventh inning by LF D’Arby Myers.  CF Tyson Gillies was 7-13.  1B Darin Ruf hit his 30th homer on Sunday.  3B Cody Asche had a 12-game hitting streak end on Friday and followed with 4-7 in the next 2 games.

Clearwater won 2 of 3 from Brevard County.  Threshers are in fourth place, 2.5 games out.  They need to win the second half to get into the postseason.  LH Jesse Biddle (9-5) tossed 7 no-hit innings on Friday when he was removed after 98 pitches.  RH Kenny Giles gave up a broken-single with 1 out in the ninth for the only hit.  CF Zach Collier homered in each game.

Lakewood was 1-1 in Greensboro plus a rain out on Sunday.  BlueClaws are in fourth place, 4 games out.  They need to win the second half to reach the postseason. C Gabriel Lino stretched his hitting streak to 8 games.  3B Maikel Franco hit 25th double, 13th homer and drove in 5 runs in Friday’s 15-9 win.

Williamsport won 2 of 3.  Crosscutters are in sixth place.  SS Roman Quinn stole 3 bases (21 for the season).

Gulf Coast League Phillies had Friday’s game suspended by rain which washed out 2 games on Saturday.  Season ends Saturday.


August 20, 1961: Scoring 4 times in the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies end an NL-record 23-game losing streak behind RHP John Buzhardt, 7-4, at the Milwaukee Braves.  The streak began with a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on July 29.  Seventeen of the losses came on the road.

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