May 2013

Red-Hot Reds Next

Thanks to all the fans who participated in the inaugural Phantastic Auction (May 5-15) and last night’s Phillies Phestival. Combined, over $989,000 was raised for Phillies Charities, Inc.

Nearly 7,000 fans, most dressed in Phillies attire, attended last night’s event and helped raise $860,731 to help strike out ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Since the Phillies adopted ALS as their primary charity in 1984, over $14.3 million has been raised for the fight against the disease. A portion of the Auction proceeds will also go to ALS.

The passion of Phillies fans never waivers.

Good-bye Ohio
Reds are in town for the weekend, meaning no more games against teams from Ohio. So far, the Phillies are 1-6 against the Reds and Indians.

Cincinnati is the hottest team in the big leagues, riding a six-game winning streak. On the road, however, they are 9-10.

Phillies and Reds split a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park a year ago.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost, 8-6, at Norfolk, the fourth straight loss for the IronPigs. 3B Cody Ashe, 2-5, RBI (22). 1B Cody Overbeck, 7th HR. LP: Tyler Cloyd (1-4), 3.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 3 SO, 4 HR.

**Reading didn’t play.

**Clearwater defeated Bradenton for the second straight game, 6-3. 3B Maikel Franco, 7th-8th homers, 3 RBI (32). WP: Gabriel Arias (5-1), 6.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 SO.

**Lakewood nipped Greensboro, 6-5. 2 hits each for 1B Art Charles and LF Larry Greene. WP: Geoff Broussard (2-0).

This Date
May 17, 1979–A 10-inning classic in Wrigley Field: Phillies 23, Cubs 22. Teams combined for 11 home runs. LF Dave Kingman hit three; 3B Mike Schmidt, two, including a two-out, game-winner off Bruce Sutter in the 10th.

PHI 708 240 100 1—23 24 2
CHI 600 373 030 0—22 26 2

May 17, 1991–Phillies edge the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, in 16 innings, the longest shutout game in Phillies and Vet history.

May 19, 1979–The idea of Phillies wearing all-burgundy uniforms on Saturdays starts and ends on this date, a 10-5 loss to Montreal. RHP Jim Lonborg kidded LF Greg Luzinski, “Bull, you look like a big grape.”

Hard-to-believe numbers

Yesterday’s blog started with interesting numbers. Today, hard-to-believe numbers, really hard-to-believe.

Cole fell to 1-6 yesterday and the Phillies fell to 1-8 in his nine starts. In 2012, the Phillies went 21-10 in his 31 starts. Cole’s sixth loss a year ago came on August 2, his 21st start.

Much of this season the offense has been unproductive when Cole takes the mound. Unfortunately, much of the season, Cole’s struggled with his command. He’s tied for the league lead in walks. That’s not typical Cole.

The long ball has also haunted Cole. He gave up two more yesterday, giving him nine in 56.2 innings.

On a historic note, sort of, the Indians win was their first in Philadelphia since August 25, 1954, when they defeated the Philadelphia A’s, 4-3, in 10 innings at Connie Mack Stadium.  Attendance: 7,311. Bob Lemon threw 9.2 innings for the win.

All players and coaches will be on hand for the Phillies Phestival tonight . . . Dallas Green will sign his new book, The Mouth That Roared, on Sunday from 12 noon until 1 p.m. at the first base newsstand.

Minor League Notes
**Players of the Week……..
Pitcher – RHP, Ethan Martin, Lehigh Valley… 2 starts, 2-0, 12.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 11 SO… Saturday’s win (5/11 at DUR) was Martin’s second-consecutive victory; Martin now has three of the five victories by IronPigs starters this season… Martin took a shutout into the bottom of the 7th (5/11 at DUR) before surrendering his first run; also snapping an 11.0 IP scoreless streak – his longest of the season… Martin has been outstanding this season when he has limited free passes; in starts (3) in which he allows two BB or less, he is 3-0, 2.12 ERA (4 ER, 17.0 IP). In starts (4) when he allows three BB or greater, he is 0-2, 9.35 ERA (18 ER, 17.1 IP)… The 23-year-old right-hander was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers with Josh Lindblom and Stefan Jarrin for Shane Victorino (7/31/12)… Martin was originally selected in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 2008 draft out of Stephens County High School (GA).
Player – OF, Darin Ruf, Lehigh Valley… Batted .500 (11-22) in 7 G, 6 R, 6 RBI, 8 BB, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 SB (had 2 H in 5 of 7 G this week)… Ruf has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games and is batting .415 (22-for-53) over that time with 4 HR and 14 RBI, raising his average from .205 to .294… Ruf walked eight times this week, raising his on-base percentage from .322 to .369 in seven days… The 26-year-old outfielder was selected in the 20th round of the 2009 draft out of Creighton University… Ruf was signed by David Seifert.

**Lehigh Valley lost, 10-1, at Norfolk. DH Steve Susdorf, 3-4. LP: Adam Morgan (1-4), 3.1 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 3 ER).

**Reading split a 7-inning DH in Erie . . . 3-1 loss in opener. LP: Jesse Biddle (2-3), 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 B, 6 SO . . . 7-6 win in nightcap. 1B Jim Murphy, 11th double, 8th HR, 2 RBI (28). WP: Tyler Knigge (2-2). SV: Juan Sosa (1).

**Clearwater defeated Bradenton, 4-1. DH Carlos Alonso, 3rd HR. WP: Luis Paulino (1-3); SV: Colton Murray (3).

**Lakewood edged Delmarva, 4-3. SS Ramon Quinn, 17th-18th steals. RF Brian Pointer, 2-3, 2 RBI. WP: Shane Watson (2-3); SV: Steve Inch (4).

This Date
May 16, 1953–LHP Curt Simmons allows a single to lead-off hitter Bill Bruton and then retires next 27 Milwaukee batters in order in winning, 3-0, in County Stadium. Simmons (6-1) strikes out 10 and lowers ERA to 1.42.

May 16, 1972–LF Greg Luzinski hits a 500-foot homer off the Liberty Bell (mounted on 400 level facade in center field) at the Vet in an 8-1 loss to Chicago RHP Burt Hooton.

May 16, 1987–LHP Don Carman blanks San Diego on three hits, 9-0, but the big news…he gets his first major league hit after going 0-for-48.

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Interesting Numbers

14-4 and 12-5.

Interesting numbers. No, not the score of the Phillies win over the Indians on Tuesday night, Cleveland’s first interleague loss.

14-4 is their record when scoring four runs or more. In their last nine such games, 9-0. 12-5 is their record when somebody other than Doc, Cole and Cliff start a game.

John Mayberry Jr., Domonic, Pettibone and the bullpen were the heroes. Papelbon didn’t get a save because the Phillies again tacked on two runs in their eighth.

Phillies have won four in a row vs. the Tribe at Citizens Bank Park (three-game sweep three years ago) . . . Solo home run meter: climbed to 16 with two last night . . . Domonic has five home runs in last 16 games . . . Phillies now have hit 310 home runs in interleague play, most for any NL club. Going into the game, their interleague ERA was 4.79, worst in the NL.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost, 12-7, at Norfolk allowing 7 runs in the 8th (Joe Savery 4, Jacob Diekman 3). LF Darin Ruf, 2-5, including 12th double; RF Leandro Castro, 3-4.

**Reading was rained out at Erie.

**Clearwater lost, 8-7, to Bradenton on a solo home run in the top of the ninth. RF Kelly Dugan, 3-5, including 3rd HR. LF Cameron Perkins, 2-5, boosting average to .374.

**Lakewood dropped a 7-6, 12-inning decision to visiting Delmarva. SS Ramon Quinn, 3-5, including a two-out, game-tying RBI single in the 9th. Also stole his 16th base.

Alumni Whereabouts
Where is Randy Ready these days? Or, David Bell? Or, Richie Hebner?

There’s a new feature on that has the answers. Check it out.

This Date
May 15, 1989–One of the most exciting finishes in Vet history. After 11 scoreless innings, San Francisco scores two in the top of the 12th. With two out and two runners on base in the bottom of the 12th, RF Bob Dernier hits a three-run, game-winning, inside-the-park home run to left field, 3-2.

Interleague Ugh!

So, interleague play is back for a couple of days for the Phillies. That’s not good news. This season, Phillies are 1-4 against the AL (Royals/Indians) and have been out-scored, 45-18. Ugh!

After these two games with Cleveland, the Phillies return to NL play until May 27. Then, it a strange four-game series with the Red Sox, two in Boston and two at Citizens Bank Park.

The Indians have defeated six Cy Young Award winners in less than two months: Dickey, Price, Halladay, Lee, Colon and Verlander.

Runs Department
Seems as if the Phillies offense is always in low gear. There are three other teams who have scored fewer than the Phillies (138): Nationals (138), Dodgers (129) and Marlins (108).

Phantastic Auction
Bids for some of the 47 unique items end today while others continue.

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Note from Jayson Stark’s story of a couple days ago: Chase and Ryan have homered in the same game 50 times, most among the Phillies. No. 1 on the list with 75 are Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews of the Braves . . . Phillies Phestival is Thursday night. Stop by Every Roll’s a Winner and say hello….or whatever.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost, 8-2, at Durham, getting only 4 hits. Joe Savery was back in uniform after graduation Sunday from Rice University.

**Reading gave up 3 in the 8th and lost, 5-4, at Erie. No decision for Dvid Buchanan, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 SO.

**Clearwater gave up 2 in the 8th and lost, 5-3, at Bradenton. LF Cameron Perkins, 3-4, boosting average to .373.

**Lakewood edged Delmarva, 4-3. Starter Nicholas Hanson retired the first 16 enemy hitters. Winning run came on a bases-loaded walk.

This Date
May 14, 1927–Section of Baker Bowl stands collapses during seventh-inning stretch, a game the Phillies won, 12-4, over St. Louis. Game is called and Phillies play last 12 games of May homestand at Shibe Park, starting May 18.

May 14, 1975–1B Dick Allen, acquired in a trade a few days earlier, singles in his first at-bat and draws a standing ovation from the Vet crowed of 30,908. Allen bats fifth between Greg Luzinski and Mike Schmidt. Lefty Steve Carlton (2-4) blanks Cincinnati, 4-0.

Tribe Next; Revenge?

Another shutout was looming but the offense pushed across two tying runs in the ninth and then the Big Piece, who’d been in an offensive funk, came through with a game-winning hit in the 10th, giving the Phillies a 4-3 trip out west. Howard was 0-18 with nine strikeouts before his game-winner.

KK once again gave another strong mound performance and the bullpen followed him. On the hole, the starting pitching was solid on the trip. The offense continued its inconsistency.

While the Phillies have a day off on Monday, their next opponent, the Cleveland Indians, host the Yankees in two games on Monday. The Phillies and Tribe play Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Revenge anybody?

With Rollins’ homer, he’s now tied with Bobby Abreu for 10th place on the Phillies all-time list (195). Chase is 8th (206) and Ryan is 2nd (306) . . . The last 14 Phils homers have been solo jobs . . . Cliff tied a club record with 3 sacrifices on Saturday. He joined Richie Ashburn (1953), Danny Jackson (1993) and Chad Ogea (1999).

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won 2 of 3 in Durham. 3b Cody Asche, 5-14, including a slam and 5 RBI. Ethan Martin (3-2) and B. J. Rosenberg (1-3) were the winners.

**Reading dropped 2 of 3 to visiting Akron. C Cameron Rupp homered on Friday and Saturday nights, #4-5.

**Clearwater beat Lakeland twice. LF Cameron Perkins, 4-8, including 15th-16th doubles. Gabriel Arias (4-1) won on Saturday, 1 run, 7 innings.

**Lakewood swept 3 in Greensboro, outscoring the Grasshoppers 24-8. DH-OF Zach Taylor, 7-13, including 2 homers. C Chace Numata, 4-9, including a grand slam. LH Yoel Mecias picked up his 1st pro win on Sunday.

This Date
May 13, 1954–RHP Robin Roberts allows a lead-off home run to Bobby Adams and then retires next 27 Cincinnati hitters in order as the Phillies beat the Reds, 8-1, at Connie Mack Stadium. Robbie struck out eight and improved his record to 4-3 and lowered ERA to 1.88.

May 13, 1958–RHP Robin Roberts sets club record with his 191st win, 5-2, over Milwaukee at Connie Mack Stadium. RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, previous record holder, won his 190th game in 1917.

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No Support For Cole

Cole wasn’t overly sharp (five walks, three strikeouts) but the bottom line, he gave up only two runs, enough to see his record drop to 1-5. Scores of his last four starts: 0-2, 5-1, 0-2, 1-2.

It was the Phillies fifth loss in which they allowed two or fewer runs, most in the majors.

Going into the game, the Phillies were 16-8 in their last 24 games against Arizona, hitting 34 homers. Last night, five singles, one double and one RBI, that from Fransden as a pinch-hitter.

Good news: if the Phillies stick to their current win two, lose two formula, they’ll have a winning road trip.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost its 3rd straight, 4-2, to Louisville. 1B Cody Overbeck, 6th HR. LP: Tom Cochran (0-1).

**Reading gave up 2 in the top of the ninth and lost, 5-4, to Akron. HR: RF Derrick Mitchell (2), C Cameron Rupp (3). Jesse Biddle, no decision, 5 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts. LP: Kyle Simon (0-1).

**Clearwater lost, 8-7, in 10 innings to Lakeland. 2B Carlos Alonso, 2b, 3 RBI; LF Aaron Altherr, single, 2 RBI. LP: Colton Murray (2-1).

**Lakewood lost, 5-4, at Greensboro. SS Ramon Quinn, 2 singles, 2 RBI. LP: Lino Martinez (0-1).
Paul Hagen’s new feature on Larry Bowa is now posted. Great “Where Are They Now” story.

Also on the Alumni webpage are Phlashback moments:

May 10, 1895–Phillies play their 182nd straight game without being shut out.

May 11, 1947–Largest Philadelphia major league baseball crowd, 40,720, watches the Phillies sweep a pair from Brooklyn, 7-3 and 5-4, at Shibe Park.

May 11, 2006–Aaron Rowand breaks his nose crashing into centerfield fence at Citizens Bank Park after making spectacular first inning catch of an Xavier Nady blast with three on and two out in a game against the New York Mets.

May 12, 1987–3B Mike Schmidt scores his 1,366th run to break Ed Delahanty’s club record. Phillies drop 5-2 decision at the Astrodome.

On To Phoenix

Sweeping a three-game series on the road is difficult. Yes, the Phillies did it in New York during the last weekend in April. Not to pick on the Mets, but the Giants are a different story.

The Phillies fought back to tie with two in the ninth and then lost in the 10th. For the Giants, it was their fifth walk-off win out of 12 wins at AT&T Park. A win would have given the Phils their first three-game sweep in SF since May 18-20, 1984, at Candlestick Park.

Scene shifts to Chase Field in Phoenix for four games that will end this current western trip. Overall, the Phillies are 53-50 vs. the Diamondbacks. Arizona has a 28-22 edge at home. The Diamondbacks are the best defensive team in the NL, seven errors in their first 33 games.

Thursday night’s game will be Charlie’s, 1,332nd as Phillies manager, putting him ahead of Gene Mauch. Between the two, the Phillies have had 15 different managers, including those with the interim tag.

A week from tonight is the annual Phillies Phestival that benefits ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Tickets are still available.

Stop by every rolls a winner and saw hello. That’s my duty that night.

Minor League Report
*Players of the Week…….
Pitcher- RHP, Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley… 1 start, 1-0, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 10 SO… Cloyd’s 10 SO tied a career-high… Over his last two starts Cloyd is 1-0, 2.40 ERA (4 ER, 15.0 IP) after starting the year 0-3, 7.65 ERA (17 ER, 20.0 IP) through his first four… The 25-year-old right-hander was an 18th round selection in the 2008 draft out of The University of Nebraska at Omaha… Cloyd was signed by Jerry Lafferty.
Player- OF, Cameron Perkins, Clearwater… Batted .360 (9-25) in 6 G, 7 R, 2 RBI, 4 2B, 1 HR… As of print, riding a 12-game hitting streak where he is hitting .422 (19-for-45), 7 2B, 3B, HR … Perkins has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games and is batting .355 (43-for-121) on the year which ranks 6th in the FSL… His 43 hits are good for the organizational lead and are T-1st in the FSL… The 22-year-old Perkins was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 draft out of Purdue University… Perkins was signed by Nate Dion.

**Lehigh Valley lost, 6-3, to Louisville. HR: 3B Cody Asche (#2), LF Darin Ruf (5). LP: Zach Minor (1-2).

**Reading lost, 10-4, at Portland. 1B Jim Murphy, 7th double, 2 RBI (21). LP: David Buchanan (1-4).

**Clearwater swept a four-game series in Palm Beach, 5-4. RF Cameron Perkins extended his hitting streak to 13 games with 2 hits, boosting season average to .357. LF Aaron Altherr, 2-4, 2 RBI (22), 8th steal; hitting .336. WP: Perci Garner (3-0). SV: Luis Garcia (3).

**Lakewood did not play.

Going For Sweep

Great starting pitching, solid bullpen, clutch two-out hitting, add on runs….the formula has been missing much of the season but it’s resurfaced in San Francisco where the Phillies go for a sweep of the three-game series this afternoon at AT&T Park.

KK was once again solid, throwing just 88 pitches in his seven innings. The win was his 11th since last August 14, tops in the majors. Adams and Papelbon did their thing in the eighth and ninth innings.

Chase and the Big Piece each provided the long ball marking the 50th time they have gone deep in the same game.

The last 12 Phillies home runs have come with nobody on base . . . Nix had a couple of hits. His 14 hits are now evenly divided between pinch-hitting and starting . . . Papelbon didn’t get a save because the Phillies added a run to the 5-2 score in the ninth. It was the third time in his last four appearances that that has happened.

NL East Standings
Since Atlanta started 12-1: Phillies 10-11, Nationals 9-10, Braves 7-12.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley’s 4-game winning streak ended with a 6-4 loss to Louisville. RF Steve Susdorf, 1-4, 3 RBI. LP: J. C. Ramirez (0-1).

**Reading snapped a 7-game losing streak by winning, 5-1, at Portland. HR: 1B Jim Murphy (6), RF Derrick Mitchell (1). WP: Hector Neris (3-1), 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 SO.

**Clearwater won its 3rd in a row, 3-0, at Palm Beach behind three pitchers. WP: Hoby Milner (4-2), 7 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 6 SO; SV: Colton Murray (2).

**Lakewood ended a 4-game losing streak by blanking Lexington, 1-0, behind three pitchers: Nichols Hanson (6 IP), Delvi Francisco (2 IP) and Steve Inch (1 IP). WP: Francisco (1-1); SV: Inch (3). C Chace Numata drove in the lone run with a 7th-inning double.

Cliff Giant Killer

It’s no secret, the offense has struggled with consistently producing runs against all kinds of pitching. Facing one of the best last night in SF, the offense put up five runs against Baumgarner (3-0, 1.55) who had allowed just seven total runs going into the game.

Cliff came up big, improving to 4-0 at AT&T Park and halting the Giants six-game winning streak. He dominated for eight innings. San Francisco has out-scored its opponents, 58-35, over the last four innings. One of SF’s two runs off Cliff came in the eighth but a come-from-behind fell way short.

Domonic belted a long homer, the first splash down in McCovey Cove beyond the right field wall.

Phantastic Auction
The inaugural Phillies Charities “Phantastic Auction” is officially underway on, giving fans nation-wide the chance to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Phillies players and alumni, trips, memorabilia and many other unique opportunities.

There are 47 terrific auction items, something for every fan including clinics, golf outings and dinners with Hall of Famers, MVP’s, Cy Young winners and All-Stars. Having Greg Luzinski bring dinner from his Citizens Bank Park BBQ to your home is one of the super items. Early bid was $2,100.00. Just make sure you make room at the table for the Bull. He likes to eat, too.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won its 4th straight, 4-1, over Louisville. RH Ethan Martin (2-2) in best start, 1 run, 5 his, 6 innings, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts. Darin Ruf, 2-3, 2 RBI. Jake Diekman, 2nd save.

**Reading’s losing streak reached 7 games, 4-3, at Portland. LH Greg Smith, just signed as a free agent, lost, despite allowing 1 run, 1 hit in 5 innings. RF Zach Collier, 3-5.

**Clearwater won for the second straight game, 7-3, at Palm Beach. LH Nick Hernandez (3-1), 2 runs, 4 hits, 6 innings, 9 strikeouts. 3B Maikel Franco, 2 RBI, giving him 29 in 30 games.

**Lakewood lost its fourth in a row, 2-0, at Lexington, getting only 3 hits. RH Yoel Mecias (0-2), 2 hits, 2 run, 4 innings.

Vintage Photo
On April 9, 1963, Richie Ashburn made his debut in the Phillies broadcasting booth. Check out the neat photo of the broadcasting team back then at

Up & Down Ride

The roller coaster ride continues.

Sweep three in New York, get pounded in two in Cleveland, win first two vs. Marlins and then fall flat in losing last two to Miami.

Doc struggled again on Sunday and said he’s experiencing shoulder discomfort. He, too, is on a roller coaster. In four starts, 0-4, 19.58 ERA; in three starts, 2-0, 1.71 ERA.

And, the offense continues to be up and down. In 32 games, they’ve scored two of fewer runs 18 times.

One more roller coaster fact: Phillies are 5-12 Monday through Thursday; 9-6 over the weekend.

It doesn’t get any easier as the next 12 games are against the Giants (three road), Diamondbacks (four road), Indians (two home) and Reds (three home). The Phillies finished 0-5 in Ohio this year; can they reverse it in Pennsylvania?

Chase’s 205th homer put him ahead of Dick Allen on the Phillies all-time list. Seventh on the list with 217 is Cy Williams . . . Phillies are 18-27 at AT&T Park in SF . . . Larry Andersen turns 60 today . . . This blog ranked 17th last month in the MLB Pro category. Thanks for the support.

Minor League Report, Weekend Edition
**Lehigh Valley won all 3 vs. Indianapolis. RF Leandro Castro had the walk-off hit in the 13th inning on Saturday and again in the 9th inning on Sunday . . . LH Joe Savery (3-0) picked up 2 wins, thanks to Castro’s heroics.

**Reading’s losing streak stretched to 6 with 3 weekend losses at New Hampshire. LH Jesse Biddle, fresh from the Phillies minor league pitcher of the month for April, took Saturday’s 15-5 loss, .2 innings, 1 hit, 3 runs, 4 walks, 0 strikeouts. Prior to that start he had allowed 7 runs over 31 innings.

**Clearwater won 2 of 3. RF Cameron Perkins, 3-4, with 3rd HR on Friday; 3B Maikel Franco, 3-6, 13th double, 6th HR and 2 RBI (27 season) on Saturday. RH Gabriel Arias (3-1) won on Sunday.

**Lakewood lost all 3. By scoring a run in the first inning on Sunday, the BlueClaws snapped a consecutive scoreless inning streak at 22 innings.

This Date
May 6, 2011–LHP Cliff Lee matches club record for a left-hander with 16 strikeouts in a 16-10 win vs. Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park.

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