Rollins Tribute Monday

The rookie and the veteran shared the star of the game honors as the Phillies beat the Cardinals last night in the first of a four-game series.

Buchanan, the rookie, turned in his longest outing of the season, minors or majors, by limiting the Cardinals to one run in 7.2 innings. That run came in the eighth.

Howard, the veteran, drove in three of the runs, two coming on his third homer this week. It was his fourth consecutive multi-RBI game. In the first four games of the trip, he has seven hits and nine RBI. When he’s hot, he can carry a team.

For the first time since last June, they’ve won four in a row. For the first time since September of 2012, they’ve won four in a row on the road. They are four games out of first place but five games under .500. That’s odd.

Number of the Day
10 of Ryan’s 18 home runs against the Cardinals have come in 27 games at Busch Stadium.

Rollins Tribute
Jimmy will be recognized as the Phillies all-time hit leader prior to Monday’s game with the Marlins.

All fans will receive an 11 x 14 Rollins tribute print featuring his record breaking hit. Family, friends and special guests will be here to celebrate with J-Roll. Get there early for this special event.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley scored two in the ninth to beat visiting Charlotte, 4-3, on RBI singles by Rusty Ryal and Maikel Franco. B.J. Rosenberg (2-1) won for second straight game.

Reading lost, 3-2, to Akron for the third straight game. 2B Carlos Alonso, 7th HR.

Clearwater lost, 5-4, at Dunedin as the Blue Jays won on a walk-off single. RF Brian Pointer, 4 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Harold Martinex, 3 hits. SS J.P. Crawford had a rough debut, 0-5, and two errors.

Lakewood lost, 2-1, to West Virginia. 1B Zack Green hit first HR to account for Lakewood’s run.

Williamsport edged Jamestown, 4-3. CF Aaron Brown, 3 hits, in second pro game. WP: Richard Bielski (1-0); SV: Calvin Rayburn (#1).

Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season at 12 noon today in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.

This Date
June 20, 1883: Boston wins, 29-4, the most runs scored against the Phillies. It happens again, June 15, 1887, a 29-1 loss to New York.

June 20, 1900: Brooklyn scores seven runs in the 11th inning for a 20-13 lead. When the Phillies stalled in the bottom of the 11th, hoping that the game would be called by darkness, umpire Hank O’Day forfeited the game to Brooklyn.

June 21, 1964, 1st game: RHP Jim Bunning (7-2) pitches the first perfect game in Phillies history when he blanked the Mets, 6-0, on Father’s Day at New York. Gus Triandos catches the perfect game and becomes the first catcher ever to be behind the plate for no-hitters in each league. 18-year-pld rookie RHP Rick Wise wins his first major league game in the second game, 8-2. Read about the historic game at

June 21, 1986: St. Louis scores twice in the ninth against LH reliever Don Carman for an 8-6 win. Steve Carlton starts but leaves after allowing six hits, six walks and six runs in five innings, his last appearance for the Phillies. Four days later, he is released.

June 22, 1977: Phillies (5) and Cincinnati (3) combine for a Vet-record eight home runs in a wild 15-9 win over the Reds. One of the eight is a grand slam by SS Larry Bowa.

Where Is He?
Denis Menke was the Phillies hitting coach from 1989 through 1996. Paul Hagen’s written a story about Denis at

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

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