August 2014

Winning Record vs. NL W

Most of the Phillies numbers are on the negative side which is what happens when a team is struggling. There’s one that’s above .500: 15-11 record against the National League West.

Well, that’s where (NL West) the next three games will be played… AT&T Park in San Francisco. But, the Giants home since 2000 isn’t Phillie-friendly as the Giants lead, 28-21 in games played there.

Leaving the Angels, who are in second place in the AL West, the Phillies start a three-game series tonight in SF. The Giants are in second place in the NL West.

Monday its’ back home and back to interleague play, three games against the Mariners. Phillies interleague numbers are on the minus side, 4-10.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 7-4, at Columbus. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 2B, 2 RBI.

Reading won, 5-2, at Harrisburg. WP: Severino Gonzalez (8-12), 10 SO, 7 IP. SS K.C. Serna, 3 H, including 2nd HR, 2 RBI.

Clearwater lost, 3-1, at Dunedin. CF Roman Quinn, 1B, 26th SB. 3B Harold Martinez, 2B, RBI.

Lakewood blanked Hagerstown, 8-0, in a game called after 6 innings by rained. WP Ranfi Carimiro (5-9), 10 SO, 6 IP; third straight win. SS Malquin Canelo, 2-run HR. RF Aaron Brown, just up from Williamsport, 2-4, 2 RBI. 1B Zack Green, 3 RBI.

Gulf Coast League Phillies: won 11th in last 12 games, 8-7, at Pirates. C Joel Fisher, 3-4. 3B Willliam Cuicas, 2 H, 3 RBI.

Fan Questions
Phils8008: Alumni Weekend has, as always, been a great time. I’ve been wondering if there are any plans to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the 1915 NL Pennant winners during next year’s Alumni Weekend. Of course, all the players have long since passed on, but perhaps one of them could be posthumously inducted into the Wall of Fame (Fred Luderus would be a good choice).

“At the end of season, Kurt Funk, Director Marketing Programs & Events, and a team of other front office types will meet to begin promotion plans for 2015. I’m sure we’ll recognize the 100th anniversary in some fashion. Will definitely plan some stories for”

From Jason Wrigley:
I understand that, due to your policy, Roy Halladay is not eligible to be inducted into the Wall of Fame. This should change. He is an all-time great pitcher and while his time in Philadelphia was relatively short, it was iconic. His Cy Young Award, his perfect game and playoff no-hitter made an indelible mark on Phillies history. He is deserving of recognition as an all-time great Phillie.

“You are absolutely correct about Roy’s accomplishments in his four seasons with the Phillies. You are also correct that he’s ineligible under the policy (five or more years of service and minimum 180 games for pitchers) that has been in effect since we began the Wall of Fame in 1978. That said, it will be a topic for discussion this off-season.”

This Date
August 15, 1958
Richie Ashburn gets his 2,000th hit when he singles in third inning off Carlton Willey of Braves at Milwaukee.
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August 15, 1990
Terry Mulholland pitches 60 no-hitter against San Francisco, the first ever at the Vet. It is the first by a Phillies pitcher at home this century.

August 16, 1977
Phillies extend their longest winning streak of the century to 13 games with a 7-5 decision in Montreal. The Phils hadn’t won that many in a row since 1892.

August 16, 1984
2B Juan Samuel hits 16th triple, a new rookie record for the Phillies. CF Von Hayes joins Samuel with 30plus steals, first for Phillies in 72 years. Cubs win, 65, in Chicago.

August 16, 2011
Statue of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas is unveiled in pre-game ceremony at Citizens Bank Park.

August 17, 1894
Collecting 28 singles out of a club-record 36 hits, Phillies destroy visiting Louisville, 29-4. OF Sam Thompson hit for the cycle, three singles, a double, triple and home run in seven at-bats.

August 17, 1972
LHP Steve Carlton wins his 20th game of the season and 15th consecutive, longest streak in Phillies history, 9-4 over Cincinnati before 42,635 at the Vet. The streak began June 7 and ended August 21. ERA for the 15 wins was 1.33. Five of the wins were shutouts. He also had three no-decisions during that time frame, including a game against Houston in which he didn’t allow a run in 10 innings. Lefty finished with 27 wins, a club-record 310 strikeouts and won his first Cy Young Award.

August 17, 1957
CF Richie Ashburn, known for his ability to foul pitches off, hits spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at-bat. The first one breaks her nose; the second hits her while she is being removed on a stretcher. Ironically, she is the wife of Earl Roth, sports editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin.

August 17, 1985
Phillies match club record by hitting six homers (four in the seventh inning) in 10-4 win over Cubs in Wrigley Field. C Darren Daulton hits two; one each for 2B Juan Samuel, RF Glenn Wilson, 1b Mike Schmidt and 3b Rick Schu.

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.


On To SF

Hitters talking hitting, pitchers talking pitching, a horse named Charlie Manuel wins on the day he is inducted into the Wall of Fame, current players mingled with legends from the past. It was all part of the Alumni Weekend.

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Angels Do It Again
For the second straight night, the sixth inning did in the Phillies. Seven runs on seven hits on Tuesday was followed by three runs on three hits last night. So, Wednesday’s record dropped to 5-13 after the 4-3 loss, despite out-hitting the Angels, 11-5. Good news: there are only six more Wednesday games.

Phillies have lost nine in a row to the Angels and haven’t scored more than three runs in any of the games.

Angels improved to 41-23 at home, most wins in the majors. And, Weaver improved to 16-4 in interleague play, best among active pitchers.

Day off today in San Francisco, an interesting city in which to have a day off. Weekend series with the Giants starts Friday night.

Number of the Day
63: Hits by Revere since June 26, most in the majors.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 6-5, in 10 innings at Columbus on a two-out error by 3B Cesar Hernandez that allowed 2 runs to score. 1B Russ Canzler put the IronPigs on top with his 12th HR in the top of the 10th. Earlier, 3B Maikel Franco hit his 11th HR, 3 RBI.

Reading split a DH at Harrisburg, 8-4 W, 9-6 L. Aaron Nola, no decision in opener, 3 R, (3 solo HR), 4 IP. RF Kelly Dugan, 4-8; 11 hits in 7-game hitting streak. CF Aaron Altherr, career-high 13th HR, 4 RBI in nightcap.

Clearwater lost, 9-5, in 10 innings to Dunedin. CF Roman Quinn, 5th HR; LF Brandon Short, 4th HR.

Lakewood lost, 7-5, in 10 innings at Greensboro. C Willians Astudillo, 4-4. 3B Mitch Walding, 3-5, including 6th HR, 3 RBI.

Williamsport lost a double-header to Batavia, 5-2 and 4-1, getting a total of 10 hits, 3 by CF Jiandido Tromp.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won 10th in last 11, 3-2, over Pirates. SS William Cuicas, 2 H, RBI.

This Date
August 14, 1981: 3B Mike Schmidt homers in 3rd inning off New York’s Mike Scott at Shea Stadium for his 300th home run. Phillies win, 84.

August 14, 1984: 2B Juan Samuel steals 56th base, breaking Sherry Magee’s club record set in 1906. Phillies lose, 32, in San Diego

August 14, 2006: SS Jimmy Rollins’ 18th home run sets a club record for homers by a shortstop, breaking Granny Hamner’s mark (17) in 1952. Phillies romp over Mets, 13-0, at Citizens Bank Park.

August 14, 2012: Jimmy Rollins celebrates moving past Larry Bowa for the most games played by a Phillies shortstop (1,731) with a lead-off home run off Josh Johnson in Miami.

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

**Tonight, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

**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.

Angels Extend Streak

The Angels offense had been in a funk, 13 runs in 64 innings going into Tuesday night’s game. Through five innings, Jerome Williams, making his Phillies debut, held the Angels scoreless on three hits and the Phillies led, 2-0.

Then came the sixth inning: seven runs on seven hits, two runs off Williams, five off Bastardo. Going into the game, the Phillies bullpen had been brilliant, three earned runs allowed in 27.2 innings.

First Phillies game ever against the Angels was in Anaheim, June 9, 2003, a 3-0 combined shutout by Padilla (7 IP), Cormier (1), Mesa (1). Rollins (1-4, HR) and Byrd (1-3) are the only current Phillies who played in that game.

Since then, the Angels have won eight in a row (five at Citizens Bank Park). It is the longest interleague losing streak against one team for the Phillies.

Prior to the game the Angels paid tribute to the late Jim Fregosi. Players on both teams wore a #11 patch on their jerseys in the game.

Number of the Day
47: Games in which Phillies have scored two runs or less.

Minor League Report
Players of the month (July)
Player: 3B-1B Maikel Franco (Lehigh Valley) hit .343, 4 HR, 23 RBI, hitting safely in 24 of 30 games. Had 13 multi-hit games.

Pitcher: LH Brandon Leibrandt (Williamsport), 2-1, 1.42 ERA, 6 G between GCL and Williamsport. Fanned 36 in 31.2 IP, allowed 14 H, held opponents to a .135 average.

Lehigh Valley lost, 6-1, at Columbus. SS Freddy Galvis homered (3) in the first inning.

Reading rained out at Harrisburg.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood lost, 7-0 and 1-0, at Greensboro, getting a total of 10 hits.

Williamsport rained out vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies had 9-game winning streak end, 4-2, to Yankees. DH Tim Zier extended hitting streak to 10 games (17-38), .445.

This Date
August 13, 1939, 1st game: RHP Wayman “Bill” Kerksieck has the dubious distinction of setting a club record by allowing six home runs (in four innings) in an 11-2 loss to the Giants at New York.

August 13, 1972: Between games of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader with Montreal, high-wire artist Karl Wallenda thrills the crowd of over 30,000 by walking across the stadium on a tightrope, the most dazzling promotion in Vet history. He repeats the nerve-wracking feat on May 31, 1976.

August 13, 1992: Game with St. Louis at Veterans Stadium is postponed by rain, first
postponement since June 18, 1990, a string of 189 dates.

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

**Tomorrow evening, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

**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.

Howard Comes Through Again

Want to see a lot of baseball?

Then go to a Phillies-Mets game. The two teams have played 17 times this season and six have gone extra innings: 11, 11, 14, 14, 11, 11.

Yesterday, the Big Piece came through again in the clutch. His ninth-inning single drove in the winning run as the two teams were on the verge of extra innings again. It was his 11th career walk-off RBI and ended a five-game home losing streak against the Mets, who led 6-1 after five innings.

From Elias Sports Bureau: It’s the fifth time that Howard has driven in the go-ahead run in the ninth or inning later this season, the highest total for any major-league player.

Rookie Ken Giles (above) picked up his first major league win as the result of the Phillies comeback.

New York won the first two games, including Saturday’s, 2-1, 11-inning decision. Once again, Cole was brilliant and once again, he didn’t get a win as the offense couldn’t muster more than one run. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Cole has pitched at least 7 innings and allowed one run or fewer in all five of his starts since the All-Star break. Last time that happened was 1972, Steve Carlton, who was in the ballpark for Alumni Weekend.

Number of the Day
20: Chase was a double shy of hitting for the cycle yesterday. It was the 20th time he was one hit shy.

Twitter World
Charlie Manuel was the man during Alumni Weekend which included being inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame. Only fitting that the following happened yesterday:

From Linda Dougherty: “Charlie Manuel, son of Indian Charlie named for former Phils manager, wins debut in 1st at Parxx for trainer Butch Reid.”
Then, Aaron Rowand, who is throwing out the first ball this afternoon as Alumni Weekend comes to a conclusion, did a tweeter chat yesterday. One of the questions: “Best memory at Citizens Bank Park?” Aaron’s response: “Watching Chase Utley play baseball. I have more respect for him that anyone I played with.”

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won 2 of 3 in Toledo. SS Freddy Galvis, 12 hits in last 7 games; 3B Maikel Franco, 10 hits in last 6 games. Miguel Gonzalez picked up 2nd AAA save on Saturday.

Reading won 2 of 3 vs. Altoona, the loss, snapping a 6-game winning streak, coming on Sunday (13-2). OF Zach Collier hit 8th and 9th homers on Friday, including walk-off HR. Has 7 HR in 6 games. His 9th inning single tied the game on Saturday with the winning run scoring on an error in Reading’s 2-run 9th, a 4-3 decision. CF Aaron Altherr, 11th and 12th HRs, giving him 3 in his last 4 games.

Clearwater won on Friday, 8-7, at Brevard County with SS J.P. Crawford hitting 5-6th HRs; first multi HR game of career. Threshers were blanked the next night, 1-0, 7-0, getting a total of 7 hits. Rained out on Sunday.

Lakewood lost 3 of 4 to Delmarva. Win was 11-1 in second game on Friday, 3B Mitch Walding, 5th HR, 5 RBI. 2B Andrew Pullin was 8-12 in the 4 games, including 4 doubles.

Williamsport won 2 of 3 in Lowell, losing 6-5 on Sunday after 3-2 and 4-3 wins. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 6th and 7th HR.3B Jan Hernandez, 5th HR. RF Cord Sandberg has a 9-game hitting streak.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won their 2 games, 7-0 and 3-2 over the Blue Jays. 4 pitchers combined on a 2-hit shutout. Phillies are 8-0 this month.

This Date
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.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: OF Leroy Reams (71) . . . Tuesday: RHP Reggie Harris (46), OF Tony Longmire (46), SS Joe Millette (49) . . . Wednesday: C Tom Prince (50), RHP Erskine Thomason (65) . . . Thursday: OF Juan Pierre (37), LHP Don Carman (55) . . . Friday: RHP Tyson Brummett (30), RHP Joe Cowley (56), C Mike Compton (70) . . . Saturday: OF Greg Jelks (53), LHP Al Holland (62) . . . Sunday: RHP Brett Myers (34), 3B Mike Cervenak (38), OF Tony Barron (48), Jim Davenport (81).

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

**This Thursday (August 14), Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

**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.

Big Piece, Big Swing

The Big Piece came through with a Big Swing with two out.

A grand slam (career #13) by Ryan capped a five-run eighth inning that gave the Phillies a three-game sweep of the Astros last night, 6-5. Last three-game sweep of an American League team by the Phillies came four years ago against Cleveland.

Media and fans have pleaded that Ryan should be platooned because he can’t hit lefties. Well the game-winning slam came off a southpaw. Matter of fact, his last four homers are off lefties. Last homer off a right-hander was June 19.

For the series, he had two homers, eight RBI. His 71 RBI are now third in the NL; 25 RBI off a lefty.

Pap had a 1-2-3, ninth inning save, his 94th with the Phillies, tying Tug McGraw for fifth place on the club’s all-time list.

Toyota Alumni Weekend
Mets come to town for a second four-game series this season, their last visit to Philly.

**Tonight: Roy Halladay bobble figurine to all fans. Doc retired after last season and this will be his first visit to Citizens Bank Park since then. Doc plans on thanking the fans.

**Saturday: Charlie Manuel will be inducted into the Wall of Fame. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. with the game to follow. NBC TV 10 will carry the ceremonies as well as the game.

**Sunday: Annual Alumni Day. Nearly 50 Alumni will be introduced on the field pre-game. Decade span includes 1940s to the current decade.

**Monday: Pride of the Phillies poster saluting Rollins, the team’s all-time leader in his. Alumni will be on hand all four days making surprise appearances pre-game.

Number of the Day
1: Wins against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park this season in five games.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 9-5, at Toledo. 3B Maikel Franco, 3-5, including 10th HR, 2 RBI. SS Freddy Galvis, 11th 2B, 2nd HR, 2 RBI, 4 R. WP: Ethan Martin (1-1).

Reading completed a four-game sweep of Harrisburg, 3-0. Chris Bootcheck-Kyle Simon-Colton Murray combined on a 2-hitter and 14 strikeouts. HR: DH Jake Fox (17), CF Aaron Altherr (10). RF Kelly Dugan, 14th 2B, RBI. WP: Simon (4-2); SV: Murray (4).

Clearwater got pounded by Daytona, 18-2. Threshers had 4 hits, one being 1B Art Charles’ 14th HR.

Lakewood lost, 5-3, to Delmarva in 12 innings. 2B Andrew Pullin, 8th HR.

Williamsport lost, 5-2, at Hudson Valley, 3rd straight defeat. HR: RF Cord Sandberg (4).

Gulf Coast League Phillies improved to 6-0 this month, 11-7, at the Yankees. WP: Franklyn Kilome (2-0). HR: C Jesus Posso (1); 3 RBI; RF Jose Pujols (5). 3 H, 3 RBI: 3B Damek Tomscha. 1B Luis Encarnacion, 3-run double. 2B Tim Zier, 2 H, 3 R; hitting .441 in last 10 games; .367 for the season.

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.

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.

August 10, 1978: Danny Ozark joins Gene Mauch and Harry Wright as the only Phillies managers with 500 wins as RHP Dick Ruthven posts his fifth straight victory, 3-1, over visiting Pittsburgh.

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.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

Offense Awakens


Buchanan made his return to the majors a memorable one, getting his first major league hit and RBI and winning his sixth game, tying Cole and Roberto for the club high in wins. Final: 10-3, a rare Wednesday win.

Ben led a 12-hit attack with four. The top four hitters went 10-18 as the dormant offense awoke with a five-spot in the first inning. Chase’s homer marked the 11th straight season of double-digits in dingers, one of five second basemen to do so. Last was Jeff Kent (12, 1997-2008). Howard drove in two runs, giving in him 67 for the season, fourth best in the league.

So, the Phillies have won two consecutive series at home for the first time since last September.

Number of the Day
1,041.0: Innings by the Phillies pitching staff, most in the NL.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 28-Aug. 3)
Player – OF Roman Quinn, Clearwater … 7 G … Batted .414 (12-29), .485 OBP, .586 SLG, 6 R, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SB … He led CLR with 12 hits as he batted .414 in 7 G … Quinn finished the week hitting safely in 11 of his last 12 games and was batting .369 (17-46), HR, 3 2B, 9 BB, 10 SB during that time… Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of Port St. Joe High School (FL), Quinn was signed by Aaron Jersild.
Pitcher – RHP, Colin Kleven, Clearwater … 2 G, 2-0, 1.38 ERA (2 ER, 13.0 IP), 5 BB, 7 H, 11 SO … The 6-foot-5 righty has posted 7.6 SO/9.0 IP (11 SO, 13.0 IP) over his 2 starts this week … A native of Kamloops, British Columbia, Kleven was selected by the Phillies in 33Rd round of the June 2009 draft out of R.E. Mountain High School and signed by Tim Kissner.

Lehigh Valley was not scheduled; travel day to Toledo.

Reading won, 9-2, over Harrisburg; 3rd straight win. DH Jake Fox, 16th HR, 4 RBI. RF Kelly Dugan, 13th 2B, 1B, RBI. WP: Aaron Nola (1-0), 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, first AA start.

Clearwater blanked Daytona, 4-0. WP: Jesse Biddle (1-0), 5 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO, his first game since June 23. HR: DH Brandon Short (3), 1B Art Charles (13).

Lakewood was not scheduled.

Williamsport lost, 6-2, at Hudson Valley. LF Jiandido Tromp, 2 2B. RF Cord Sandberg, 2 H.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won fifth in a row, 2-1, over Yankees. WP: Denton Keys (2-1), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. RF Jose Pujols, 4th HR.

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.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

More Oddities Than Runs

Last night’s marathon ended with more oddities than runs.

Ryan went deep leading off the second inning, ending a scoreless streak of 22 innings. Then, no runs until Ryan’s two-out, walk-off single in the 15th inning.

Howard now has 28 RBIs in extra innings since he entered the league in 2004. Only one major-league player has driven in more runs beyond the ninth inning than Howard, Albert Pujols (29). (Elias Sports Bureau).

KK started and turned in an outing that nearly matched his first start back on April 2. Then he worked 7 innings, allowed 5 hits, 1 run, walked 1 and struck out 4. The only different number last night, 3 strikeouts.

Giles, Pap and Jake tossed 3 scoreless innings (8th, 9th, 10th) but needed 80 pitches. Houston’s bullpen used 37 pitches for the same scoreless innings.

Antonio walked 1 in 2 innings and struck out 6. It took him 30 pitches.

Hector Neris, making his major league debut in the 15th, picked up the win, 9 pitches, 8 for strikes.

Seven Phillies relievers combined for 144 pitches, 1 hit, 14 strikeouts in 8 innings.

Phillies pitchers threw 234 pitches, Houston, one fewer.

It was the Phillies fifth game of at least 14 innings, matching the club record of 1958.

And, it was the Phillies first interleague win since the season opener in Texas on March 31. They had lost 8 games in a row, 1 shy of the club record set in 1997.

Number of the Day
5: Miles per hour wind at end of the game, which took 5 hours, 5 minutes.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 8-5, to Durham. SS Freddy Galvis, 4 H, including 1st HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB. DH Russ Canzler (10th HR). 2B Cesar Hernandez and 3B Maikel Franco, 2 hits each.

Reading won, 3-2, over Harrisburg. WP: Hobby Milner (7-5). LF Zach Collier, 7th HR, 5 in last 4 games. 2B Albert Cartwright, 2b, RBI, 22nd-23rd SB.

Clearwater lost, 3-1, to Daytona; held to 5 singles, 2 by 1B Art Charles. CF Ramon Quinn reached base for the 20th straight game.

Lakewood lost, 8-1, to Asheville; 4 hits, 2 by Willians Astudillo. Attendance: 5,307, exact same total as Reading.

Williamsport was not scheduled. OF Jiandido Tromp’s 12 HR are 1 shy of the club record shared by Zach Green and Walter Young.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won 4th in a row, 7-4, over Braves. 2B Olvy Marte, 3 H, 2 RBI, 2 R. 3B Tim Zier, 2 H, lifting average to .370.

This Date
August 6, 1890: Manager Harry Wright returns to the dugout after missing more than two months due to blindness. (Courtesy

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

Interleague Returns

Familiar foe in new setting.

After 51 seasons in the National League, the Houston Astros were switched to the American League West a year ago. The Phillies and Astros played each other 566 times in the NL, plus the gut-wrenching five-game League Championship Series in 1980.

Now, the Phillies are playing the A.L. Astros for the first time, a three-game series starting tonight. Yep, interleague play is back.

Houston features a 5-foot-5 All-Star second baseman, Jose Altuve. He’s playing big in the A.L., leading the league in hitting (.339), hits (155) and stolen bases (43). The Astros are last in hitting (.239) but third in home runs (123).

Number of the Day
1: Phillies wins in nine interleague competition this year with eight more games on the schedule (other than Houston): Angels (2), Mariners (3) and A’s (3).

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won 5th in last 6 games, 7-1, over Durham. 3B Maikel Franco, 1B, 2B (25), 2 RBI. 2B Cesar Hernandez 2 hits, RBI. WP: Greg Smith (8-8).

Reading won, 5-1, over Harrisburg. WP: Adam Loewen (2-4). RF Kelly Dugan, 2 H, RBI. LF Zach Collier, 6th HR, 4 in last 3 games (13 AB). Began season with 2 HR in 181 AB.

Clearwater lost, 10-4, to St. Lucie. 3B Harold Martinez, 3 H, 2 RBI. CF Roman Quinn, 2 H, 23rd SB.

Lakewood won, 6-5, over Asheville. Every starter but 2B Andrew Pullin (0-4) had a hit. 5 different players drove in a run. WP: Aaron Baker (1-1), 3 hitless, scoreless relief IP.

Williamsport lost, 6-3, to Aberdeen. LF Jiandido Tromp, 12th HR; has homered in 3 straight games.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won, 11-6, at the Braves. LF Carlos Duran, 4 R, 3 H, SB. 2B Tom Zier, 4 H, 3 RBI. WP: Austin Davis (1-1)

This Date
August 5, 1921: KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcasts the first major league game, an 8-5 Pirates win over the Phillies at Forbes Field. Harold Arlin is the play-by-play announcer. His grandson, Steve, is the Phillies’ first-round selection in June, 1966, secondary phase.

August 5, 1927: RF Cy Williams hits for the cycle and drives in six runs as the Phillies beat Pittsburgh, 9-7, in Forbes Field. (Photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum).
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August 5, 1975: Phillies set a major league record by getting eight hits in a row at the start of their first inning (four singles, two doubles, two homers) in a 13-5 romp over Chicago at the Vet. Ten-run first inning is Phillies’ biggest first inning since 1948.

August 5, 1977 : Seven-run eighth lifts the Phillies to an 8-3 win over visiting Los Angeles and into first place for the first time this season. Victory is manager Danny Ozark’s 400th.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

Frozen Offense

Winning the first two games of the series in Washington set the Phillies up for a series win. But, it didn’t happen as the offense went into a deep freeze scoring two runs in the last three games.

Roberto won his third straight for the first time since 2010 on Friday night as the offense eked out a 2-1 verdict and won the first two games of the four. That was followed by 11-0 and 4-0 losses, Cole losing yesterday for the fourth time this season while allowing two or fewer runs (he gave up one unearned run in seven innings). His ERA lowered to 2.42, fourth best in the NL.

So, for the last 21 innings, the offense has produced no runs on 10 total hits. To be fair, credit should go to the DC staff whose ERA is 3.13, second best in the NL (Padres, 3.12).

Number of the Day
886: Milestone reached during yesterday’s game–Games started at their respective positions by Ryan, Chase and Jimmy, matching the major league record held by the Dodgers’ Steve Garvey (1B), Davey Lopes (2B) and Bill Russell (SS). (Elias Sports Bureau).

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won 2 of 3 games. DH Russ Canzler, 8th-9th HR. WP: Jo Reyes (1-2), Sean O’Sullivan (5-9). SV: Luis Garcia (18), Miguel Gonzalez (1) in AAA debut yesterday. LF Cameron Perkins, 4-12.

Reading spent the weekend in New Hampshire and lost 3 of 4 games. Severino Gonzalez (7-12) picked up the win on Saturday. LF Zach Collier, 5-12, 3 HR, 6 RBI in 3 games.

Clearwater won, 5-1 yesterday after losing 1st 2 games to St. Lucie. WP: Colin Kleven (5-8). CF Ramon Quinn, 3 G, 3 R, 3 H, 3 SB: hitting .385 in last 10 games. Has 22 steals in 62 games.

Lakewood had a win, a loss and a rainout. LF Sam Hiciano (9) and 3B Mitch Walding (4) homered in Friday’s 7-4 win for Ranfi Casimino (3-9).

Williamsport won 2 of 3. WP: David Whitehead (3-3), Mitch Gueller (5-2). CF Jiandido Tromp, 2 HR (10-11), 3 RBI. C Wilson Garcia, 4-9, 2 RBI, 3 games.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won both games, 10-6 and 4-2, vs. Houston. Saturday: 2B Tim Zier, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI; hitting .419 in last 10 games. C Joel Fisher 2 2B. C Chace Numata, 2 H, 3 RBI on Friday.

This Date
August 4, 1934, 2nd game: RHP Reggie Grabowski gave up a club-record 11 hits (10 singles) in one inning, an 11-run ninth as the Giants crushed the Phillies, 21-4, at Baker Bowl. He also hit two batters. Reggie escaped the wrath of the fans as there was no social media 80 years ago.

August 4, 2006: 2B Chase Utley’s 35-game hitting streak (.405, 62-153) ends in 5-3 win
against the Mets in Shea Stadium.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: P-MGR Dallas Green (80), LHP Eric Milton (39) . . . Tuesday: OF Rick Bosetti (6-1) . . . Wednesday: RHP Ray Culp (73) . . . Thursday: RHP Jason Grimsley (47) . . . Friday: RHP Brian Sanches (36) . . . Saturday: 1B Jim Adduci (55), LHP Kevin Saucier (58), RHP Bill Campbell (66), CH Claude Osteen (75), OF Chuck Essegian (83) . . . Sunday: C Sal Fasano (43)

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

More Thursdays

Cliff was dealing but after his 31st pitch on Thursday night, he was finished. He was much sharper in his third start since coming off the DL but motioned to the dugout after that pitch. Same elbow injury as earlier so his season is likely over. This is the first time in his career he’s been disabled with an injury to his pitching arm.

OK, how about some good news?

Thank goodness for Thursdays. Phillies pounded out 16 singles and one double in ending a four-game losing streak at Nationals Park Thursday night. Their Thursday record improved to 9-5, the only winning day of the week. Next year, more Thursday games, please.

Number of the Day
13: Consecutive seasons in which Rollins has stolen 20 or more bases.

Train RideFollowing their Sunday afternoon game in DC, it’s “all-aboard” an AMTRAK charter train for a ride home.

Three-game series with the Astros starts on Tuesday. Mets follow for four which carries over to Monday, August 11.

Alumni Weekend is on tap next weekend: Roy Halladay bobble head on Friday . . . Charlie Manuel’s Wall of Fame induction the next night . . . Toyota Alumni Day on Sunday with over 40 Alumni on hand and a Monday day game.

Wall of Famers will return plus some new Alumni faces in Jim Thome, Aaron Rowand, Halladay and Marlon Anderson for parts of the four-day weekend.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 21-27)
Player –  1B/DH Jake Fox, Reading … 7 G … Batted .440 (11-25), .517 OBP, 1.04 SLG, 5 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI … Fox was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent on 6/13/14 … Since joining Reading, Fox has appeared in 42 games and is batting .350 (55-157) over that stretch.
Pitcher – RHP Franklyn Kilome, Gulf Coast League Phillies … 1 GS, 1-0, 1.80 ERA (5.0 IP), 0 BB, 4 SO, 0.80 WHIP, .188 OPP AVG (4-19) … Win was his first as a professional …. He has a 1.50 ERA in 18.0 innings for the GCL Phils this season …  A 6-foot-6, 19-year-old right hander was signed as an amateur free agent on 1/22/13 by Koby Perez.

Lehigh Valley won, 5-2, vs. Rochester. WP: David Buchanan (6-2), 7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 SO. RF Russ Canzler 3-run HR (#7).

Reading won, 6-5, at New Hampshire. WP: Nefi Ogando (4-1); SV: Miguel Gonzalez (5). CF Aaron Altherr, 2 H, including 9th HR.

Clearwater won, 9-3, at Ft. Myers. WP: Aaron Nola (2-3), 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 SO. CF Roman Quinn, double, 4th HR. 1B Chris Serritella, 4th HR, 3 RBI.

Lakewood won, 6-3, at Delmarva. WP: Yacksel Rios (5-0). C Andrew Knapp, 4 H, 3 R. 1B Willians Astudillo, 3 H, 2 RBI.

Williamsport lost 2 to Connecticut. 3-0 in 7-inning first game and 6-5 in 13-inning nightcap. CF Jiandido Tromp’s 1-out triple in the 7th inning was Williamsport’s lone hit in the first game.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 4-2, at the Tigers.

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.

August 2, 1894: CF Billy Hamilton sets major league record for most consecutive games scoring a run when he crosses plate in 24th 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.

August 2, 1984: Phillies beat Cardinals, 3-2, in St. Louis. Larry Andersen’s club record for relief pitchers of pitching 32 2/3rds straight scoreless innings ends when Cardinals
score in bottom of the eighth inning with two out.

August 2, 1986: Phillies set a club record with five triples in beating the Chicago Cubs at
the Vet, 12-2, on a Saturday afternoon NBC telecast. LF Gary Redus has two; one each
for C John Russell, SS Steve Jeltz and 2B Juan Samuel.

August 3, 1980: OF Chuck Klein, one of the greatest sluggers in Phillies history, is
inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.