August 2013

Road Woes Shift to Atlanta

When a team is struggling offensively, it doesn’t bode well to face a guy like Strasburg. Throwing fast balls as high as 97 MPH and change-ups as low as 90, he blanked the Phillies yesterday in his first big league complete game.

The Phillies road woes continued, 11 consecutive losses for the eighth time in franchise history. The road doesn’t get any easier as the next three games are in Atlanta, home of the team with the best major league record. Phillies began season in Atlanta back on April 1 and dropped two of three.

In the 11 losses, the team is hitting .194 with 21 runs scored. Team ERA is 6.65. Pretty well sums it up.

Received an e-mail Saturday night from Joe Bonsall, lead singer with the Oak Ridge Boys and a native Philadelphian: “Just want you to know that even though the season has been disappointing… I am still there… As I have been since childhood.” Joe certainly showed class and his Phillies passion.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley swept 3 in Gwinnett over the weekend, 18 total runs on 38 hits. 1B
Cody Overbeck had an 18-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday. RH David Buchanan, in 2nd AAA start, tossed 7 shutout innings in winning on Friday. LH Greg Smith (7-2) won on Saturday and drove in 2 runs, while lowering ERA to 2.42.

**Reading took 2 of 3 from visiting New Britain. 3B Maikel Franco, 6-13, including a grand slam on Sunday, 9th HR at Reading; 25th for the season. RF Kelly Dugan hit is 6th HR on Sunday, 3rd this month. LH Mario Holland (3-1) won on Sunday; 8th save for Michael Nesseth on Friday.

**Clearwater had a win, a loss and rain out. Loss came Sunday when host Lakeland scored 2 in the 11th. Win came Saturday, 4-3, also in 11 innings. RF Cameron Perkins, 5-10 in the 2 games.

**Lakewood ended a 3-game losing streak with a 3-1 win on Sunday vs. West Virginia which won the season series, 20-4. INF Willie Carmona, 6-11, in the 3 games.

**Williamsport beat Vermont, 7-2, on Sunday to end a 5-game losing streak. 2B Andrew Pullin, 3-5 in the win, including 2nd HR. 4 Williamsport players were selected to play in Tuesday’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game: 3B Zach Green, C Gabriel Lino, OF Jiandido Tromp and RHP Tyler Buckley.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies won 2 of 3 against the Blue Jays, including a DH on Friday. OF Nick Ferdinand hit 2 home runs, including a walk-off 3-run HR in Friday’s 1st game.

This Date
August 12, 1921, 2nd game–RHP George Smith (4-15) allows 12 hits in pitching a 4-0
shutout over Boston at Braves Field. 12 hits are the most allowed by a Phillies pitcher
in tossing a shutout.

August 12, 1987–2B Juan Samuel becomes the first major league player to reach
double figures in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases in his first four big league
seasons as Phillies sink visiting Chicago, 13-7. Eighth-inning grand slam is Sammy’s
22nd homer, breaking Granny Hamner’s club record for a second baseman set in 1953.

August 12, 2006–SS Jimmy Rollins becomes the third Phillies switch-hitter to homer
from each side of the plate in a game, a 9-7 loss to Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park.
Rollins joins Steve Jeltz (1989) and Tomas Perez (2001).

Be sure to check for more phlashback moments.

Future on Display

A look at the future looked brighter as the Phillies pounded the Cubs yesterday to take the series.

**24-year-old RH Ethan Martin picked up his first major league win, allowing one run in 5 innings in his second big league start.

**23-year-old 3B Cody Asche, 25-year-old LF Dom Brown and 27-year-old RF Daren Ruf each homered. Combined they were 6-14 with six RBI. While Brown has been in there since day 1, the other “kids” will be getting a chance to show what they can do the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, the other big news of the day centered around a two-year contract extension for 34-year-old Chase, a fan favorite for his all-out hustling style of play. Philadelphia loves blue collar workers and Chase is certainly that. He sets the standard as to how to play the game on the field and in the clubhouse.

AMTRAK took the Phillies to DC after the game and a weekend series with the Nationals who have lost four in a row.

One more win and Charlie becomes the 59th manager in major league baseball history to win 1,000 big league games. The all-time leader is Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics, 3,731.

From Elias
It was the first time that two rookies (Ruf, Asche) hit home runs in the same game for the Phillies since June 16, 2001, when Johnny Estrada and Jimmy Rollins both went deep in 14-6 win over the Orioles at Veterans Stadium.

New Phillie
OF Casper Wells, a right-handed hitter who can play all three outfielder positions, was claimed by the Phillies on waivers from the White Sox and will be in uniform tonight. He’s a career .249 hitter vs. LHP.

The 28-year-old must have set some sort of a record for waiver claims. Between April 10 and 29, he went from the Mariners to the Blue Jays to the A’s to the White Sox. Each move was a waiver claim.

Now for some real trivial trivia: Wells will be the 1,930th player to wear our uniform since 1883 and the first one named Casper.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost, 3-2, at Charlotte. LP: Tyler Cloyd (4-9), his first loss since July 4. Prior to last night, he had allowed 3 runs in his last 5 GS. Last night, 3 R in 8 IP.

**Reading lost, 4-1, at Harrisburg; Senators scored 4 in 8th. No decision: LHP Jesse Biddle, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 7 BB, 5 SO. RF Kelly Dugan, 2 of Reading’s 5 hits. In an oddity, Reading leads the EL in homers (113) but has scored the fewest runs (470).

**Clearwater was shut out on 3 hits, 11-0, by Daytona.

**Lakewood lost, 7-0, to West Virginia before a sellout of 8,000. BlueClaws had just 4 hits.

**Williamsport was swept in Tri-Cities, 10-2, in series finale. 3B Zach Green, 10th HR, 5th in the last 10 games. Green leads the NYP League in homers as does Williamsport (35).

**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 6-3, to the Yankees. CF Venn Biter, 18 years old, was 3-3; in first 6 pro games, he’s hitting .533.

This Date
August 9, 1953–RHP Bob Miller tossed a shutout at the Cubs in Chicago and collected for hits, a first in Wrigley Field history. The 87-year-old Miller talks about his favorite game memories at Check it out.

August 9, 1955–LF Del Ennis drives in his 1,000th run in 91 win vs. Pittsburgh. OF Ed
Delahanty is the club’s all-time RBI leader (1,286).

August 9, 1965–RHP Robin Roberts (6-7), pitching for Houston, blanks the Phillies on
four hits, 8-0, at the Astrodome, his first start in the NL since September 10, 1961,
when he was with the Phils.

August 9, 1976–RHP Robin Roberts is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY. Because of rain, induction ceremonies take place in the Otesaga Hotel small ballroom.

Excerpt from Robbie’s HOF speech:
“The Hall of Fame people, I’d like to say, were very nice. I only had one request that they turned down: I asked if it would be appropriate if I would invite everyone that ever hit a home run off me to be here today, but Cooperstown wasn’t big enough. But I am going to have little cards made up that say ‘I hit a home run off Robbie’ and mail them to all those gentlemen because I’m sure they’d like to have it in their wallet. There were a lot of them, by the way.” In his career, Robbie gave up 505 homers, a record until Jamie Moyer broke it in 2010.

August 10, 1981–1B Pete Rose singles off St. Louis’ Mark Littell in the eighth inning for his 3,631st hit to break Stan Musial’s all-time NL record in 7-3 loss at the Vet before the largest crowd of the season, 60,561. The hit comes as play resumes following a two-month (55-game) work stoppage. MLB decided to have a split season. Since the Phillies (34-21) had a 1.5 game lead over the Cardinals when the season was stopped on June 11, they are declared the first-half champions.

August 11, 1970–RHP Jim Bunning joins Cy Young as the only pitchers to win 100 games in each league, a 6-5 decision in Houston.

August 11, 1994–Phillies edge Dallas Green’s New York Mets in 15 innings, 2-1, at the Vet in what turns out to be the final game of the season as the players go on strike the following day. The season never resumes.

Familiar Story

An all-too familiar pattern last night at Citizens Bank Park. Cole pitches well, offense can’t get out of low gear and the bullpen implodes (three runs, three walks, two innings, one hit) resulting in another loss.

In Cole’s last seven starts, he has a 2.16 ERA but only a 2-2 record. His last win came July 9. When the season began, he was nine wins shy of becoming the seventh Phillies pitcher to win 100 or more games. Who would have ever thought it might not happen until 2014?

Series finale is Thursday afternoon as the Phillies try to win a series for the first time since July 8-9-10 vs. Washington. That’s where Phillies head after the game.

Minor League Report
Players of the week…..
Pitcher – RHP, Drew Anderson, Williamsport… 2 starts… 2-0, 0.00 ERA (11.0 IP), 4 H, 4 BB, 8 SO… The 19-year-old was selected by the Phillies in the 21st round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and signed by Joey Davis.
Player – OF, Herlis Rodriguez, GCL Phillies… 6 G… Batted .423 (11-26), 5 R, 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB… Rodriguez, 19, was signed by Jesus Mendez as an amateur free agent on 1/29/11.

**Lehigh Valley blanked on 5 hits, 4-0, in Charlotte.

**Reading dropped a 3-2 decision at Harrisburg; Seth Rosin (9-6) charged with the defeat.

**Clearwater edged Daytona Beach, 6-5, in 10 innings. 1B Brock Stassi, 2 2B, 1B, 2 RBI.

**Lakewood ended a 7-game losing streak, 6-1, at Hagerstown. 2B Alejandro Villalobos, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI. WP: Jeb Stefan (4-6), 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO.

**Williamsport lost, 8-7, at Tri-City on a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th. Crosscutters hit 5 homers in the loss, 2 for DH Andrew Knapp (2-3); RF Dylan Cozens (6), LF Jiandido Tromp (1) and 3B Zach Green (9).

**Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair against the Yankees. 6-4 loss in 1st game despite allowing only 3 hits. SS J.P. Crawford, 2-3, 2 RBI. 2-0 win in 2nd game, combined 2-hitter for Tyler Viza and Mark Leiter (1-0). SS Jair Morelos, 3-3.

This Date
August 8, 1903–Twelve fans die and 232 are injured when a balcony collapses at Philadelphia Park during a doubleheader against the Boston Braves. The accident forces the Phillies to play 16 games at the Philadelphia Athletics’ Columbia Park.

August 8, 1988–LF Phil Bradley enters the record book, well, sort of. He hits the first home run in the first night game ever at Wrigley Field. But, rain washes out the homer and a 3-1 Cubs lead in the fourth inning. After a delay of 2:10, the game is postponed.

49 years ago, right-fielder Johnny Callison appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Check out the image on

Call Him RF Ruf

KK fell behind early but righted the ship and the offense came alive last night as the Phillies won their fourth straight over the Cubs dating back to last season.

Ruf, playing right field for the first time, came up big offensively to lead the way. He’s reached base in 33 consecutive games, going back to 2012, the longest current streak in the majors. Club record: 56, Mike Schmidt, 1981-82.

The win ended a five-game losing streak in which the Phillies scored a total of 12 runs. It was the biggest outburst since the 13-run game on July 19, the first game after the All-Star Game break. In 112 games, the Phillies have scored eight or more runs just nine times.

In another scheduling quirk, last night’s game against the Cubs was the first since May of 2012 . . . After being hot early in the season, Phillies pinch hitters are now 0-23 . . . Rollins (ss), Utley (2b), Brown (LF) are the only starters last night who were at the same position on opening day, April 1. No foolin’.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won, 4-1, at Charlotte as 5 different players got 2 hits each. 1B Cody Overbeck, 19th HR, 3rd straight game in which he’s gone deep. WP: Adam Morgan (2-5), 1 R, 5 IP.

**Reading ended a 4-game losing streak, 4-3, at Harrisburg in 12 innings. Fighin Phils scored 2 in the 9th to tie and won on SF by Albert Cartwright. RF Kelly Dugan, 5th HR. No decision: starter Mario Holland, 0 R, 1 H, 7 IP, 4 BB, 7 SO. RH Kyle Simon fanned 2 with runners on 2nd and 3rd for his 8th save.

**Clearwater was not scheduled.

**Lakewood lost its 7th straight, 3-0, at Hagerstown getting only a single and a double.

**Williamsport lost, 10-2, at Tri-City. 1B Logan Pierce hit his 4th HR. CF Gustavo Martinez, 14th steal.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies won their 3rd in a row, 7-6, over the Braves. SS J.P. Crawford, 3-4, 4 RBI, including 1st pro HR; leads club at .381. 1B Wilbert Oberto, 2-4, 6th HR, 3 RBI. Denton Keyes (1-1) picked up his 1st pro win.

This Date
August 7, 1991–LHP Mitch Williams ties major league record for relief pitchers by beating Chicago Cubs, 5-4, at Veterans Stadium in 11 innings for his third victory in three consecutive games.

Lights Out Offense

On a night in which Brad Lidge, the 2008 closer (48-for-48 in saves that year), retired as a Phillie, Pap, the current closer, coughed up a lead and recorded his sixth blown save of the season, 2-1, to SF.

Cole pitched well once again and got one run, his own RBI single. In his 23 starts, the Phillies are now 6-17 and most of that can be traced to an unproductive offense. That was the case again last night. J-Roll tripled with one out in the eighth but couldn’t score the second run. After Pap blew a win for Cole in the ninth, the Phillies loaded the bases with no outs but once again, they couldn’t score. A golden chance to win the game went lights out.

Before the All-Star Game, the Phillies won four straight series. Since the ASG, 0-4 in series.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley edged Rochester, 3-2, as Cesar Jimenez picked up his 2nd save in as many games. LF Leandro Castro, 1-5, 2 RBI. No decision: Adam Morgan, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

**Reading lost, 2-0, to Erie, getting 7 singles. LP: Seth Rosin (9-5), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 SO.

**Clearwater was held to 7 singles in losing, 3-2, to Palm Beach. 2 hits: DH Jiwan James and 3B Harold Martinez.

**Lakewood also lost, 3-2, at West Virginia. Lino Martinez gave up a solo HR in the bottom of the 9th to lose the game.

**Williamsport lost, 9-4, to Brooklyn. CF Sam Hiciano hit his 3rd HR, 2nd in 2 games. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 hits, 6th steal.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies and Tigers were suspended after 3 innings, 2-2. Game will be resumed later this month.

This Date
August 2, 1894–CF Billy Hamilton sets major league record by scoring a run in consecutive game as Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-8, at Baker Bowl.

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.

Taylor will be among some 50 Alumni at Citizens Bank Park the next three days.

Giants Reverse Results

A pair of homers that broke a streak of 66 innings without a long ball helped the Phillies break their eight-game losing streak on Tuesday night. Last night it was the Giants’ turn. Their homers broke a streak of 90 homerless innings and helped them end a five-game spin. So, the series is even at 1-all with the rubber game tonight.

KK’s first day as a dad for the second time didn’t turn out well as the Giants got to him for seven runs in three innings. KK Jr. was born Tuesday afternoon.

Last night’s loss ended the Phillies’ July at 11-13 because they dropped nine of their last 10 games.

Alumni Weekend
Legends from the past return as the Toyota Alumni weekend starts with a sold-out Alumni Luncheon for Seniors at noon today. Tonight, Brad Lidge will ceremoniously retire as a Phillie. Should be pretty emotional pre-game ceremony.

Curt Schilling is inducted into the Wall of Fame tomorrow night, some 50 Alumni representing eight decades will be introduced on Saturday afternoon, concluding with the 1993 NL Champion Phillies. Oldest Alumnus will be Bob Miller at 87; Lidge at 36, is the youngest.

Then, a salute to the 1993 champs prior to the 8:05 Sunday night ESPN national telecast.

Arrive early and bring your cameras.

Don’t be surprised if Alumni pop up unexpectedly here and there tomorrow night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday night.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley edged Rochester, 2-1. WP: Greg Smith (6-1); SV: Cesar Jimenez (2). 3B Tyler Henson, who hit 4 homers in 80 games at Reading, homered. In 2 games at LV, he has 3 HR.

**Reading got 5 home runs among its 8 hits in nipping Erie, 7-6. RF Anthony Hewitt (13-14), C Justin Dalles (1), LF Kelly Dugan (3), 3B Maikel Franco (8). WP: Mario Holland (2-1); SV: Michael Nesseth (7).

**Clearwater lost, 4-3, to Palm Beach. 2B Carlos Alonso had 3 of the Threshers’ 11 hits.

**Lakewood lost, 4-2, to Hagerstown in 10 innings. BlueClaws were held to 3 singles and 2 doubles.

**Williamsport defeated Brooklyn, 8-6. 3B Zach Green, 6th HR; CF Samuel Hiciano, 2nd. WP: Yacksel Rios (3-1)

**Gulf Coast League Phillies won their 5th straight, 5-2, over the Tigers. CF Herlis Rodriguez, 2B, 2nd HR, 3 RBI. SS J.P. Crawford, 2 RBI; batting .356. WP: Alejandro Arteaga (2-2); SV: Richard Bielski (2).

This Date
August 1, 1971–St. Louis scores three in the top of the 12th at Veterans Stadium when it the game is halted by rain. The Zamboni machine, used to vacuum the water from the artificial playing surface, breaks down. Cardinals file a protest and the NL rules a 3-3 suspended game, to be completed prior to the regular game on September 7. When the game resumed, Phillies score three in their 12th to tie before St. Louis wins in 13, 9-6.