Taking advantage of a costly error, The Big Piece ended the night with a 3-run, walk-off home run last night against the Rockies, who were on the verge of winning their first series in Philly since August 2004, the first year of Citizens Bank Park.
Ryan ended an o-fer on Monday night and drove in 5 runs. The Phillies ended two last night. They were 0-21 when trailing after 8 innings. And, they had lost their last 9 games on a Wednesday, including 0-7 this year. Previous win was 9/11/13.
It was Ryan’s fifth WO-HR, moving him into third place on the Phillies all-time list with Dick Allen, Johnny Callison, Gavvy Cravath, Del Ennis and Von Hayes. Cy Williams had 6 and Mike Schmidt leads with 10.
Mets begin a rare 5-game series at CBP tonight, the fifth game scheduled on Monday night as the result of an April 30 rain out. Tickets dated April 30 can be used Monday. Plenty of tickets are available.
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
Number of the Day
2000: Games Rollins has played with the Phillies, second to Schmidt’s 2,404.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 12-4, at Norfolk. HR: CF Tyler Gillies (2), C Cameron Rupp (6).
Reading was 9-6 winner over Trenton in 13 innings. LF Cameron Perkins, 3-7, including a 3-run, walk-off HR with 2 out. WP: Tyler Knigge (3-0); in May, 3-0, 3 SV, 21 IP, 0 R.
Clearwater defeated Fort Myers, 5-4, in 11 innings. 1B Art Charles hit a 3-run HR with 2 out in the ninth to tie the game. C Logan Moore, walk-off RBI single. Jordan Guth gave up 3 singles in a scoreless 11th and picked up the win.
Lakewood was a 2-1 winner at Greensboro. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 doubles. 1B Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 12 games. During the streak, his average went from .342 to .341 as 9 times he had 1 hit, including last night.
May 29, 1985: Mike Schmidt switches to first base as rookie Rick Schu is brought up from Portland to play third base. Phillies lose, 6-1, at Los Angeles.
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
Sunday: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m., Section 111.
June 2: Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
June 5: Barnes & Noble, Valley Forge, PA, 6 p.m.
June 7: Costco, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
CANCELED–June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.