August 2012

Nats Avoid Sweep

Going into the series finale last night, the Phillies were primed for a sweep.  In his last 12 starts against the Nationals, Cole was 8-1.  Of the four no decisions, the Phillies were 3-1, meaning 11-1 vs. the Nats.

What happened?  Three Washington pitchers stymied the Phillies bats, holding them to three hits in a shutout.  Until the ninth, Washington retired 17 straight.

Since Cole signed his new contract extension, he’s 0-2 and the Phillies have scored one run.

While the Phillies took AMTRAK to return home, the Diamondbacks were nestled in their Philly hotel beds, having traveled from the west coast after Wednesday’s game.

The defending Western Division champs are the hottest team in that division (7-3, the only team in the division with a winning record in the last 10 games).  They come to town with a .262 team average, which is third best; a 3.90 ERA, which ranks ninth and just 55 errors, fewest in the NL.

Back on April 23, the Phillies took two of three from them in Phoenix.  A year ago in August at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies also took a pair.

Tonight starts a string of 19 home games in the next 26.  Last time the Phillies were home, they won their last four all in their last at-bats.  That’s the good news.

The not so good news, the Phillies are 15-35 on the weekend, having been swept in a three-game series four times, including last weekend in Atlanta.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley beat Pawtucket, 2-1, behind RHS Tyler Cloyd (11-1).  Win was his seventh in a row, a new LV record. RHR Justin DeFratus, second save.  Making their AAA debuts, 2B Cesar Hernandez, 1-3; C Sebastian Valle, 1-4, a sixth-inning, two-run double.  IronPigs are .001 behind first-place SWB.

Reading lost, 2-0, in Richmond, ending a 7-game winning streak.  Phillies were held to 3 hits, one for C Tommy Joseph, 4-7 in his first 2 games since the trade with SF. Phillies are in third, .5 games out of a wildcard berth.

Clearwater beat St. Lucie, 5-2, on a 3-run homer in the eighth inning by 1B Jim Murray. RHR Hector Neris (4-1), 4 strikeouts in 2.2 scoreless innings, picked up the win. Threshers are in second place, 1.5 behind Tampa.

Lakewood coasted at Delmarva, 10-0.  SS Tim Carver hit his first pro homer, a second-inning grand slam. 3B Maikel Franco, 3 hits, 2 RBI, giving him 65. BlueClaws are one of three times 1 game out of first place.

Williamsport edged Aberdeen, 6-5, in 10 innings.  A two-out, bases-loaded walk forced in the winning run.  SS Ramon Quinn, a triple and a stolen base for the second straight game.

Gulf Coast League Phillies beat the Blue Jays, 5-3. 3B Zach Green, 3 hits, 2 RBI and a steal. LH Franklyn Vargas (4-2) won, allowing 1 unearned run in 5 innings.


August 3, 1980: OF Chuck Klein, one of the greatest sluggers in Phillies history, is inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

August 4, 1934, 2nd game: RHP Reggie Grabowski gave up a club-record 11 hits (10 singles) in one inning, an 11-run ninth, in a 22-4 Phillies loss to the Cardinals at Baker Bowl.  He also hit two batters.

August 4, 2006: 2B Chase Utley’s 35-game hitting streak (.405, 62-153) ends in 5-3 win against the Mets in Shea Stadium.

August 5, 1921: KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcasts the first major league game, an 8-5 Pirates win over the Phillies at Forbes Field. Harold Arlin is the play-by-play announcer.  His grandson, Steve, is the Phillies’ first-round selection in June, 1966, secondary phase.

August 5, 1977: Seven-run eighth lifts the Phillies to an 8-3 win over visiting Los Angeles and into first place for the first time this season.  Victory is manager Danny Ozark’s 400th.

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Long Ball Time

The long ball and quality pitching was the formula as the Phillies edged the Nationals, 3-2 last night.

J-Roll went deep twice and newcomer Nate followed Jimmy’s second homer with his first dinger with the Phillies. For what it’s worth, Schierholtz is the second player in Phillies history named Nate.  The other was Nate Robertson, a pitcher in 2010.  Sure you can sleep better tonight knowing that.

Vance gave up a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and that was it.  He threw 86 pitches in seven innings, the first time since June 21 he went that far in the game. What is strange, he had no strikeouts.  Four relievers kept the Nats off the scoreboard in the final two innings.

So, the Phillies are now 7-41 when scoring three or fewer runs.

Wonder when was the last time the Phillies won a 3-2 game hitting three solo homers.  If anybody knows, speak up.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley edged Pawtucket, 3-2, on SS Andres Blanco’s walk-off solo home run.  LH Joe Savery picked up his first win in his first game back at AAA.  Reading C Sebastian and 2B Cesar Hernandez have been promoted to LV.

Reading won its seventh straight, 7-4, at Richmond.  Newcomer C Tommy Joseph, playing his first game since Tuesday’s trade, was 3-5 with and RBI. LF Leandro Castro also had 3 hits and drove in 3. RHS Austin Hyatt (6-3) got the win.

Clearwater ended a 3-game losing streak by beating St. Lucie, 7-4, behind LHS Jesse Biddle (7-4), 0 runs, 7 innings, 9 strikeouts.

Lakewood lost, 6-5, at Delmarva.  RHR Luis Paulino (4-2) was tagged with 3 runs (2 earned) in 2 innings.

Williamsport ended a 4-game losing streak with a 7-6 decision vs. Aberdeen, scoring 2 in the last of the 9th.  Winning run scored on an error.  2B Tyler Green, 3-4, including a double. SS Roman Quinn, 7th triple that started the rally. Stole his club-high 15th base.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won their fourth straight, 6-3 over the Blue Jays. 3B Zach Green, 2 homers, 3 RBI. C Willians Astudillo, 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Going Green: There’s Tyler and Larry at Williamsport and Zach with the GCL Phillies.


August 2, 1919: 1B Fred Luderus plays in his 479th consecutive game for the Phillies, breaking the Major League Baseball record held by Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox.  The streak began on June 2, 1916 and ended after 533 games with the 1920 season opener.

August 2, 1970: 2B Tony Taylor hits an ultimate grand slam (trailing by three runs in the last inning) to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over San Francisco at Connie Mack Stadium.

August 2, 1986: Phillies set a club record with five triples in beating the Chicago Cubs at the Vet, 12-2, on a Saturday afternoon NBC telecast.  LF Gary Redus has two; one each for C John Russell, SS Steve Jeltz and 2B Juan Samuel.

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Hectic Day

For the first time since a Sunday afternoon in 1989 at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies pulled off two major trades in one day.

On June 18 of that year, GM Lee Thomas picked up Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell from the Mets for Juan Samuel and sent Steve Bedrosian to the Giants for Dennis Cook, Terry Mulholland and Charlie Hayes.

Yesterday, Shane and Hunter woke up in DC as teammates.  Before the team bus left for Nationals Park, they were enemies on different west coast teams.

Shane will be remembered for his hustle, great defense, enthusiasm, community caring, personality and smile.  Hunter was here only a year and was popular, but not to the degree of Shane.

When you look back at the greatest Phillies teams, each had something in common, a go-getter in centerfield who was a fan favorite: Richie Ashburn (1950 NL champs), Garry Maddox (1980 World Champs) and Lenny Dykstra (1993 NL champs).

Someday Shane will be back as a member of the Phillies Alumni.  He and the fans will love it.  He’s a shoo-in to be a Wall of Famer.  Heck, he’s a potential free agent this winter so who knows what will happen.

We wish both Shane and Hunter well with their new teams.

Cliff Sharp

Cliff looked like his old self and the Phillies unloaded on Strasburg last night, eight hits, six runs in four innings.

From Elias Sports Bureau: J-Roll’s inside-the-park home run was his fourth, most among active players.  Also, the most since Dick Allen had five, 1964-66.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley won, 8-6, at Syracuse. LF Jason Pridie, 3rd homer.  Winner: Tom Cochran (6-4), allowing all 6 runs in 5 innings.  13th save for Phillippe Aumont.

Reading was a 6-4 winner at Richmond, the Phillies sixth straight win.  3B Cody Asche, 4-5, 2 doubles.  RHS Brad Colvin made his AA debut, 3 runs, 5 innings.  RHR Kyle Simon, up from Clearwater, got his 1st AA save.  C Tommy Joseph, picked up in the Pence trade, was on the Richmond club, so he just changed clubhouses prior to the game.

Clearwater lost, 3-2, to St. Lucie, the third straight loss.  RHR Kenny Giles, just up from Lakewood, walked 2 in 1.2 innings but all 5 outs were strikeouts.

Lakewood won at Delmarva, 9-1. SS Tim Carver, 3 doubles.  3B Maikel Franco, 11th homer, 2 RBI, boosting his season total to 63.  RF Kelly Dugan, 10th homer.

Williamsport wasn’t scheduled.

Gulf Coast League Phillies beat the Pirates, 8-6. C Willian Astudillo, 3 hits, 4 RBI.  RF Andrew Pullin, 2-3, boosting average to .338, tops on the club.  RH Mitch Gueller, in relief, picked up his first pro win.

Alumni News, Notes and Photos

Hall of Fame outfielder Ed Delahanty is featured in a “Profile from the Past” just posted on  A great hitter with the Phillies, he died tragically at 35 years of age.  Check it out.