Darren Thanks Fans

Big Phillies news yesterday was centered on Darren Daulton’s brain tumor surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. You can read about on this website.

Darren is the fifth Phillies alumnus to be diagnosed with brain tumors, Johnny Oates, Ken Brett, Tug McGraw and John Vukovich. That’s a bit puzzling.

As a player, his qualities as a leader and competitor are legendary. While it is a different ballgame medically, Darren battled through nine knee surgeries, a broken right clavicle, fractured right hand and partially torn left rotator cuff. He will battle this one, too. He said, “Right on, fight on” when informed surgery was needed.

Through his family, Darren wishes to thank his friends, teammates, 97.5 The Fanatic, the Phillies and all the fans for their uplifting support. To say he has been deeply touched is an understatement.

Fans can continue to express their feelings at dutch@975thefanatic.com. Prayers are also in order.

Red-Hot Bucs
Following a 3-4 California week, the Phillies open a three-game series in western Pennsylvania tonight against the Pirates who have the best record in baseball. They were the first to reach 50 wins this season and have won nine in a row.

Their three starters scheduled for the series combine for a 13-1 record. PNC Park opened in 2001 and it has been a nightmare place to play for the Phillies. Their 14-24 record there is the worst among all ballparks. A year ago, the Phillies opened the season in PNC and won the first game, 1-0, behind Doc. Pittsburgh won the next two.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley blanked Toledo, 7-0, behind Raul Valdez/Justin Friend/Cesar Jimenez. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 4-5, 3 steals. HR: C Cameron Rupp (#2), 1B Cody Overbeck (15).

**Reading downed Richmond, 4-1, behind David Buchanan (5-8), 1 run in 8.1 IP. HR: 2B Albert Cartwright (6), RF Anthony Hewitt (9).

**Clearwater was rained out for a second straight day in Daytona.

**Lakewood lost, 6-2, to Delmarva, getting only 4 hits.

**Williamsport lost, 7-5, to State College. 1B Logan Pierce, 3-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBI.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies were rained out for the second straight game.

This Date
July 2, 1993–In a memorable 12-hour, five-minute doubleheader against San Diego, LHP Mitch Williams’ RBI single in the 10th inning gives the Phillies a 6-5 2nd-game victory in a game that ended at 4:40 a.m. No big league game ever finished that late before. With three rain delays totaling nearly six hours, the first game ends at 1 a.m. with the Padres winning, 5-2.

July 2, 2004–Phillies set club record for most walks drawn in a game with 18, but lose, 7-6, in 16 innings to Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park.

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