A Couple of Firsts

Well, chalk up some “firsts” for Jerome and Andres as the Phillies won their fourth straight interleague game last night at Citizens Bank Park, 4-1, over the Mariners.

For Jerome, his first interleague win in 10 years (at Baltimore), a span of 3,718 days and a 0-6 record. Since last August 16, 2013, he’s 6-2 as a starter.

For Andres, subbing at shortstop, a game-deciding three-run homer. His first HR since July 1, 2011 vs. Florida, a span of 1,145 days, but only 48 at-bats. For his career of 621 at-bats in the bigs, he’s hit four home runs.

Jerome walked three, all leading off an inning but none scored. The Phillies drew seven walks and three scored.

Game two tonight, A.J. trying to break a five-game losing streak against Iwakuma, 3-1, 1.27 in his last four starts. Chances are Phillies won’t be drawing many walks as he’s given up just 12 in 139 innings.

From Elias Sports Bureau
Rollins has hit 214 home runs, 212 have come while he was playing shortstop. Since 2001 when he hit his first, only six shortstops other than Rolling have homered for the Phillies: Tomas Perez (5), Wilson Valdez (3), Freddy Galvis (3), Eric Bruntlett (2), Nick Punto (1) and now Blanco.

Number of the Day
300: Number of interleague games the Phillies have played.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley, Reading and Lakewood were not scheduled. Williamsport is off for a two-day All-Star Game break.

Clearwater was rained out in Daytona.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-2, at the Astros, getting 3 singles and one double.

Minor League Food Scouting Report
Starting in spring training and ending last week, I visited five minor league ballparks as part of a book-signing tour.

Naturally, something to eat was high on my tummy’s itinerary.

(Drum roll please)
So, here’s one person’s scouting report on the best dinner meal at each park:

Clearwater (Bright House Field): Strawberry sundae. I know, I know, a sundae is more of a dessert than dinner. Don’t be picky. It is sooo good. Can’t wait for next March. In protest, will not have any other strawberry sundae until then.

Reading (FirstEnergy Stadium): Hot dog and French fries. Dogs are grilled, not boiled and that makes the difference. Only a vision of my doctor glaring over my right shoulder kept me from having two dogs.

Wilmington (Frawley Stadium): Grotto’s pizza. Having moved from Delaware to Pennsylvania a year ago, couldn’t want to have a slice or two (three, really) of my favorite Delaware pizza.

Allentown (Coca-Cola Park): Hmmm, corn on the cob. About to head there when I saw another menu: Three-pig sandwich. Only at a place where the IronPigs play ball could there be a sandwich with that name. It was large and good: ham, bacon and pulled park. Don’t tell the doctor.

Lakewood (FirstEnergy Park): Autograph table was located behind home plate, the field behind me and a grille staring at me. Fans were lined up at it and also a pulled pork/mac and cheese adjacent stand. Difficult incision. Watching an intern slowly grilling burgers made the decision. Result: best hamburger I’ve ever eaten.

Minor league ballparks are fun and filled with food options for any taste.

This Date
August 19, 1903
Phillies have nine consecutive postponements, August 10-19.

August 19, 1978
54,288 are on hand when Phillies blank San Francisco, 3-0, at the Vet. Happy Days softball team, featuring Henry Winkler, plays before the Saturday night game.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

**Thursday, August 28, Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

**Sunday, September 28, Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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