J-Roll Passes Bowa

KK did it on the mound and J-Roll, in another milestone game in his career, did it on the second pitch of the game.  His lead-off homer was all KK, Lindblom and Papelbon needed for the Phillies second straight shutout, 1-0, last night.

According to Elias Sports Bureau it’s only the second 1-0 win in Phillies’ history in which the only run came on a leadoff home run in the first inning. John Briggs smacked Bill Singer’s second pitch of the game while Grant Jackson blanked the Dodgers in Los Angeles on June 12, 1969.

The win was a milestone for Charlie, too, his 700th win as a Phillies manager.  He’s setting the bar so high that it may never be broken. Most wins for a manager in Philadelphia baseball history? Connie Mack, 3,731 in 53 seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics.  Guess Charlie’s bar is Phillies only.

On the exact same date six years ago, J-Roll hit his 18th homer to break Granny Hamner’s record for home runs by a Phillies shortstop.

Last night he passed Larry Bowa (1,730) for the most games by a Phillies shortstop, a bigger milestone.   Bowa last played for the Phillies in 1981 meaning his record stood for 31 years.

Who held the record before Bowa?  Glad you asked.

None other than Mickey Doolan (1,297).  Mickey wore a Phillies uniform from 1905-1913.  Bowa passed Mickey on August 19, 1978, at the Vet.  So, Mickey’s record lasted for 65 years.

But, Mickey hasn’t been totally erased from the Phillies record book.  In 1906, he had 395 putouts.  No other shortstop in Phillies history has matched that.

Career Leaders, By Position

C Mike Lieberthal, 1,139 games

1B Fred Luderus, 1,298

2B  Chase Utley, 1,076

SS Rollins, 1,731

3B Mike Schmidt, 2,212

OF Richie Ashburn, 1.785

Chase passed Tony Taylor last year and Lieby passed Red Dooin in 2006.  Chase, J-Roll and Lieby have all played at Citizens Bank Park.  But, you knew that.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley was blanked for the third time in four games, this time, 6-0, at Buffalo. LHR Joe Savery who had 9 consecutive scoreless innings, gave up 5 in .1 inning.  RHS Tyson Bummett (3-3) was charged with the loss, 1 run, 2 hits, 4 innings.

Reading won its third in a row, 7-2, at Trenton.  1B Darin Ruf hit his 28th homer, third in 2 games.  3B Cody Asche extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his second consecutive 3-hit game; he’s gone from .229 to .270 in the 10 games . . . LHS Adam Morgan (2-0) won his second AA start, 2 runs, 5 hits, 5 strikeouts, 6 innings.

Clearwater won its third in a row, 4-0, at Tampa behind LHS Austin Wright (10-4), 6 innings, 6 hits, 8 strikeouts.  He joins Tyler Cloyd and Jonathan Pettibone as 10-game winners in the organization.

Lakewood dropped a 4-2 decision at Augusta.  LHS Hoby Milner (4-3) saw his consecutive scoreless inning streak end at 20.2 innings when he gave up 2 runs in the third inning.  Charged with 3 runs in 4 innings, 1 run earned.

Williamsport: NL won the All-Star Game, 8-1.  Chris Serritella was the starting DH for the NL, 1-2.  Roman Quinn was the second shortstop for the winners, 1-2, a 2-run homer.

Gulf Coast League Phillies ended a 5-game losing streak, 6-4, at the Blue Jays, winning the game on RF Dylan Cozens’ 2-run homer in the top of the 10th inning. He drove in the winning run last Tuesday.


August 15, 1990–Terry Mulholland pitches 60 no-hitter against San Francisco, the first ever at the Vet.  It is the first by a Phillies pitcher at home this century and eighth of the 1990 major league season.

Visit www.phillies.com/alumni to read Paul Hagen’s story on Mulholland’s no-hitter.  Great photo of Mulholland in Darren Daulton’s arms in celebrating his gem and a video clip of the last out.


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