Burrell I WOF
A week from tonight Pat Burrell will become the 37th member of the Toyota Wall of Fame in ceremonies that begin at 7 p.m. with the Braves-Phillies game to follow. Burrell is the 13th outfielder in the WOF. Only Del Ennis (259) has more home runs than Burrell (251) among WOF outfielders.
All fans will receive a commemorative print (above), courtesy of Toyota. Wall of Famers scheduled to attend include: Jim Bunning (1984), Steve Carlton (1989), Mike Schmidt (1990), Larry Bowa (1991), Dick Allen (1994), Greg Luzinski (1998), Garry Maddox (2001), Tony Taylor (2002), Bob Boone (2005), Dallas Green (2006), Juan Samuel (2008), Darren Daulton (2010), John Kruk (2011), Mike Lieberthal (2012) and Charlie Manuel (2014).
Burrell made his major league debut in 2000. He wore #33 and played first base in Houston’s Enron Field. He has the distinction of getting the last hit at Veterans Stadium and last spring training hit at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium.
Improvements have been made to the National League’s oldest ballpark, Wrigley Field. The Phillies make their only visit there 4:05 this afternoon and Saturday afternoon and 2:20 Sunday afternoon. The bleachers have been expanded to make room for additional seats and a new Jumbotron scoreboard has been added. Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen wondered in the improvements eliminated the spiders in the visiting radio booth.
The Cubs’ first game April 20, 1916. The Phillies won their first game there, 4-2, on May 21 of the same season. Known as the White Stockings, Chicago was part of the league when the Phillies entered the league in 1883. The Phillies have played more games in Wrigley than any other park, a 389-477 record. Overall, the Phillies are 1099-1217 vs. the Cubs.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (44-55, 4th place, North Division)
Scored 3 in the last of the 9th and had the tying run on second base with no out but the rally fell short, 7-6, to Toledo. LF Aaron Altherr, 6th 2B, 5th HR, RBI. LP: Nefi Ogando who allowed 4 runs in the 8th, snapping his 9.2 scoreless inning streak in AAA since the promotion from Reading on 6/24.
Next: Severino Gonzalez (1-5) 7:05 tonight vs. Toledo.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (52-45, 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Lost, 7-2, at New Britain. 1B Brock Stassi, 2-run HR (9) in 9th.
Next: Ben Lively (7-7) 7:05 tonight in New Britain.
Clearwater Threshers (19-9, 1st place, North Division)
Went extra innings for the second straight game vs. Jupiter but lost this one, 3-2, in 10. RF Dylan Cozens, 1B, 2B, 3B. LF Aaron Brown, HR (7), 2 RBI, 5th SB. ND: Brandon Leibrandt, 7-3-2-2-1-2, 2 HR.
Next: Ricardo Pinto (3-1) 6:30 tonight vs. Jupiter.
Lakewood BlueClaws (16-11, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Dropped 5-1 decision to second-place West Virginia which opened a 3-game lead over Lakewood. 2B Scott Kingery, 3 of his team’s 6 hits. LF Cord Sandberg’s 10-game hitting streak ended.
Next: Elniery Garcia (6-7) 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.
Williamsport Crosscutters (22-11, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Ended a 3-game losing streak with 8-3 win in Hudson Valley. 2B Josh Tobias, 1B, 3B, 2nd HR, 2 RBI. C Gregori Rivero broke the game wide open with his 2nd HR, a 7th-inning grand slam. WP: Jose Taveras (4-1), 5-6-2-2-2-6.
Next: Mitch Gueller (4-1) 7:05 in Aberdeen.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (20-8, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Lost 2 consecutive games for the first time this season, 6-3 and 8-2 in a DH vs. the Blue Jays. 3B Lucas Williams, 18-year-old 3rd-round selection last month, 3-6 in DH, extending his hitting streak to 8 games. CF Juan Luis, 7-11 in last 4 games, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB.
Next: 12 noon today at Yankees1.
Lehigh Valley: INF Russ Canzler on DL (oblique strain); INF Casey Serna, from Reading;
Reading: INF Angelo Mora, from Clearwater
Clearwater: INF Luis Espiritu, from Gulf Coast League
Lakewood: INF Drew Stankiewicz on DL (left oblique strain); INF William Cuicas, from Williamsport
Today in Phillies History
1998: Phillies sweep a doubleheader against Florida, winning both games in the 12th inning (6-4 and 7-6). Mark Parent catches all 24 innings.
2011: GM Pat Gillick is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Pat is in Cooperstown this weekend as part of the induction ceremonies.
Don’t forget to visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni for features and photos about Phillies Alumni. Paul Hagen just posted a “Where Are They Now?” on pitcher Mike Williams.