Chooch Milestone

On a night when Chooch played his 1,000th major league game, Harang ended a personal losing streak and Giles picked up his first save at Citizens Bank Park, 4-1, over Atlanta.

Ruiz, who drove in two runs, is the 34th active major leaguer with 1,000 or more games.  Chooch joins Howard, Utley and Rollins from the 2008 World Champions who have played 1,000 games with the Phillies. 963 have come behind home plate.  He’s fifth on the Phillies all-time list and just two shy of matching Darren Daulton, who is in town for the Toyota Alumni Weekend.

Harang had lost eight in a row since his last win on May 14.  In 19 innings against the Braves this year, he’s allowed just one run.  He pitched for Atlanta last year.  Giles gave up a pair of singles but ended the game with a strikeout. Two of his pitches registered 101 on the radar gun. Howard drove in his 19th run this month, among the NL leaders.

The trade with Texas hasn’t been officially completed. Hamels wasn’t at the park but Diekman was in uniform.  Will have another post whenever it becomes official, letting you meet the newest Phillies.

8-Player Trades
Raised the question yesterday as to the last time the Phillies were in an eight-player trade.  Bill Loos posted it as a question and his belief was correct: February 29, 1979: OF Jerry Martin, C Barry Foote, 2B Ted Sizemore, RHP Henry Mack and Derek Botelho to the Cubs for 2B Manny Trillo, OF Greg Gross and C Dave Rader.

Also e-mailed baseball historian Skip (Memory) Lane.  Within 48 minutes he answered that there were two such trades, the one mentioned above and November 12, 1910: P George McQuillan, P Lew Moren, 3B Eddie Grant and OF John Bates to the Reds for 3B Hans Lobert, OF Dode Paskert, P Fred Beebe and P John Rowan.

J-Roll Returns

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In what seems like an extension of Alumni Weekend, Jimmy Rollins returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoon.

It was June 14, 2014 when Jimmy Rollins broke Mike Schmidt’s record for the most hits in Phillies history, one of the many great historical moments during the first 10 seasons at Citizens Bank Park.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (47-59, 4th place, North Division)
Lost third in a row, 3-2, to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  IronPigs had only 8 hits over last 2 games, 5 for Tyler Henson, including 3 last night.
Next: Jason Berken (5-7) 7:05 tonight vs. Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (56-49, 3rd place, Eastern Division)
Were shut out in New Hampshire, 4-0. LF Cam Perkins, 2 of their 6 hits.  LP: Mark Leiter (2-6), 7-6-3-2-1-9; strikeout total is a season high.
Next: Joely Rodriguez (2-2) 7:05 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (22-12, 1st place, North Division)
Rained out in St. Lucie.
Next: Ricardo Pinto (3-2) and Matt Imhoff (5-3) in 4:05 DH tonight in St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (19-13, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Fell 4 behind division-leading West Virginia by losing, 7-4, there. BlueClaws had 9 singles in losing their third in a row.
Next: Elniery Garcia (6-7) 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (25-14, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Dropped 5-2 decision to Lowell.  LF Mark Laird, 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Next: Mitch Gueller (5-1) 7:05 tonight vs. Vermont.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (20-11, 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Lost, 1-0, in 10 innings to the Tigers. 2B Jose Antequera, 1b, 2b out of the team’s 5 hits. ND: Sam McWilliams, 6-5-0-0-1-4.
Next: 12 noon today at Astros.

Yesterday in Phillies History
On the of the greatest days in franchise history took place in Cooperstown, NY, 20 years ago when Richie Ashburn and Mike Schmidt were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Phillies fans turned the village into a sea of red.  As estimated 28,000 attended the ceremonies a record crowd.

Hal Bodley, dean of baseball writers, covered the event for USA TODAY.  Now a senior correspondent at, recalls that day at



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