Windy City Weekend

Ancient Rivalry
The Cubs were in the National League during the Phillies first year, 1883. First game ever played, May 11, game #7 of the season, an 11-9 Cubs win in Chicago.  Phillies first win vs. them, May 14, 12-1, in Chicago.  Cubs won season series, 12-2, and lead in all-time, 1,219-1,104.

Over the last six games in Wrigley, Phillies are 5-1, including a three-game sweep a year ago.  Cubs are fresh from a 4-5 road trip and are 14-8 at home.

Cubs have scored the second most runs (258) in the league while the Phillies have the second-fewest (155). Cubs have a +119 run differential. Goodness.

Newer Rivalry
Phillies return home for a 10-game stand on Monday.  The Nationals begin a three-game series that night.  Washington was 2-1 at Citizens Bank Park in the middle of April. Later that month, the Phillies swept three games in DC.

It’s back home for Pete Mackanin who was born and raised in Chicago.  An infielder, Pete was drafted by the Washington Senators in the fourth round of the 1969 draft . . .
Cubs OF Matt Szczur is from Cape May, NJ, and played college ball at Villanova
. Manager Joe Maddon is from Hazleton, PA . . . Cubs and Phillies meet again for three games at Citizens Bank Park, June 6-7-8.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (25-21), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Pounded out 15 hits in winning, 11-4, in Pawtucket.  WP: Jake Thompson (3-4), 5.2-6-3-3-2-2. SS J.P.  Crawford, 3 H, 2 R. RF Nick Williams, 3 H, BB, 3 R, RBI. 1B Darin Ruf, 3 H, 3 R (HR, 3-4), 5 RBI. LF Cedric Hunter, 3 H, 3 RBI, 4th HR . . . Alec Asher (3-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Louisville.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (32-15), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Completed a 5-1 homestand with a 7-4 win over Erie. ND: John Richy, 4.2-4-2-2-2-5; SV: Miguel Nunez (4). 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 3 H, 2 R, HR (#3), 3 RBI. C Jorge Alfaro,  HR (4). 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (9), RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, 2B (15), SB (10). CF Roman Quinn, SB (22) . . . Mark Leiter (0-0), 6:35 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (28-19), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 1-0, in Brevard County.  WP: Elniery Garcia (4-2), 6-4-0-0-3-5, 2 PO; lowered ERA to 2.08. SV: Alexis Rivero (4). 2B Scott Kingery tripled on the second pitch of the game and scored on a 1-out, SF by CF Carlos Tocci . . . Road trip continues at 6 p.m. today in Lakeland, Tyler Viza (5-2).

Lakewood BlueClaws (17-29), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost, 1-0, in 11 innings in Delmarva.  A walk, sacrifice and walk-off 1B. ND: Harold Arauz, 8-4-0-0-2-5. CF Carlos Duran had 2 of Lakewood’s 5 hits. Lakewood had 0 walks and struck out 16 times . . . Kilome Franklyn (0-4), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

This Date
May 27, 1986–LHP Steve Carlton makes his 666th start to break LHP Warren Spahn’s NL record in a 6-2 win over San Francisco.

May 28, 1983–Entering the game hitless in his last 22 at-bats, 3B Mike Schmidt strikes out his four at-bats on 12 pitches.  The 13th pitch he sees, is a two-run, game-winning homer in the last of the ninth off Jeff Reardon to give the Phillies a 5-3 win over Montreal.

May 29, 1965–3B Dick Allen hits measured 529-foot home run completely over the Coca-Cola billboard atop Connie Mack Stadium’s left-center field roof off RHP Larry Jackson.  First-inning blast sends Phillies to a 4-2 win over Chicago.

Philadelphia Phillies v Florida Marlins Credit:      Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins More from this photographer Caption:MIAMI - MAY 29: Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated by his teammates after he pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, May 29, 2010, in Miami, Florida. Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game for the 20th perfect game in MLB history. (Photo by Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins

May 29, 2010–RHP Roy Halladay tosses perfect game, 1-0, over the Marlins in Miami.  He throws 115 pitches (72 for strikes) and fans 11.  It was his 11th start with the Phillies and third shutout in a 7-3 start to the season. (Photo; Marlins/Robert Vigon)

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