Scully’s Last Phils Game
California Here I Come is being replaced by California There I Go for the Phillies this afternoon in Dodger Stadium. The six-game trip (2-3) to San Diego and LA ends.
For the second straight day, the Dodgers went extra-base happy in defeating the Phillies, 9-3. In two wins, they have 15 extra-base hits. Phillies actually led in the game on a two-run homer by Aaron Altherr in the second inning.
Vince Velasquez had a rough outing in his first game in his home town. He struck out the side in the first inning but was racked for nine runs in 4.2 innings, including three, two-run homers on fast balls of 95-95-94 MPH. In each case, location was right down the middle of the plate. At Citizens Bank Park he is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA. On the road, 4-3, 5.67 ERA.
Legendary broadcaster Vince Scully will broadcast his final Phillies-Dodgers game today. The voice of the Dodgers is retiring at the end of the season after 67 years. Even though the Dodgers come to Philly next week the 88-year-old Scully will not be there as he no longer travels with the team.
Scully’s very first broadcast was the Dodgers season opener against the Phillies at Shibe Park on opening day, April 18, 1950.
Among his quotes:
“To be honest, I’ve ever been interested in how many games I’ve done and seen. It doesn’t mean anything to anybody. All I know I’m eternally grateful for having been allowed to work so many games.”
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be a bridge to the past and unite generations. The sport of baseball does that and I am just part of it.”
“If something happens and the crowd roars, I shut up.”
“Losing feels worse than winning feels good.”
“As long as you live, keep smiling because it brightens everybody’s day.”
Four young starters (Thompson, Eickhorn, Eflin and Velasquez) really struggled on the trip, 27 runs in 18 innings. Lack of command was the chief problem . . . Today is the Phillies last road game west of the Mississippi. Final 19 road games include two in Chicago against the White Sox and 17 vs. NL East enemies. 27 home games remain . . . Phillies begin a nine-game homestand on Friday night against the Rockies.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley: LHR Hoby Milner, transferred from Reading.
Reading: RHR Gregory Infante, transferred from LV; INF Carlos Alonso is retiring and will join the Williamsport coaching staff.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-46), International League North Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Dropped 3-2 decision at SWB on a walk-off SF in the 9th. LP: Dalier Hinojosa (1-1), .2-1-1-0-0-0; his errant pickoff throw to 1st led to the winning run. ND: Phil Klein, 5-4-1-1-0-10. CF Cameron Perkins, 2 H, including 8th HR, RBI, 2 BB; 1st HR off RHP . . . David Buchanan (8-6), 7:05 tonight in SWB.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (77-38), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3.5-game lead over Trenton.
Improved August record to 6-2 with an 8-2 win in Binghamton. WP: Tom Eshelman (4-2), 6-6-1-1-1-11, career-high in SO. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2 R, 2 H, including 35th HR, 2 RBI (104); 5 HR in last 6 G. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 H, including 33rd 2B, BB, SB (19) (caught-stealing once). PH Christian Marrrero, HR (7). Reading has 155 HR, 3 shy of 2004 club record . . . Tyler Viza (4-3), 6:35 tonight in Binghamton.
Clearwater Threshers (28-16), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st place with Dunedin, 2nd half.
Lost, 8-5, to Tampa in 11 innings. ND: Will Morris, 6-7-4-4-1-2. C Chace Numata, 4 H, 2 R, RBI. 1B Zach Green, 2 H, 2 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, H, R, SB; 10 H in last 5 G . . . Brandon Leibrandt (0-1), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.
Lakewood BlueClaws (25-19), South Atlantic League North Division. .5-game lead over Hagerstown, 2nd half.
Won 4th in a row, 3-1, in Delmarva. WP: Franklyn Kilome (4-8), 6-7-1-1-0-11, career-high in SO. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (7). 1B Wilson Garcia, HR (3), 3 RBI in the 7th inning. RF Jose Pujols, 2 2B (16-17) . . . Jose Taveras (4-8), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.
Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College.
Lost, 13-5, to Hudson Valley after holding a 5-1 lead after 1 inning. 6 errors led to 5 unearned runs. RF Luke Maglich, 3 H, R, RBI, SB. 2B Luis Espiritu Jr., 2 H, RBI. 1B Brett Barber, 2 H, RBI . . . Adonis Medina (4-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Hudson Valley.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (28-11), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Blue Jays.
After being rained out on Monday in Clearwater, Phillies and Tigers East played 2 games in Lakeland. Phillies won both. They were the home team in the 2nd 7-inning game. 5-0 1st game: WP: Mauricio Llovera (5-1), 5-1-0-0-0-6 . . . 5-2 2nd game: WP Kyle Young (2-0), 4-6-2-2-0-3. LF Josh Stephens, 4 H, R, 3 RBI in the DH . . . 12 noon today in Lakeland again, this time vs. the Tigers West.
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. The hit comes as play resumes following a two-month (55-game) work stoppage. MLB decided to have a split season. Since the Phillies (34-21) had a 1.5 game lead over the Cardinals when the season was stopped on June 11, they are declared the first-half champions.