Dodger Stadium was a mini-reunion of the 2008 World Champion Phillies on Monday night. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz were still wearing gray uniforms with Phillies in red across their chests. Onn the other side, Chase Utley was about to play his first game against the Phillies. It was obvious because he was wearing Dodger blue.
The scene shifts to Citizens Bank Park next Tuesday night, the start of a three-game series with the Dodgers. That’s another story for another day.
The Dodgers were battling the Giants for first place. The Phillies were finishing a six-game southern California trip, the end of 16 road games out of 19. With Utley going 3-9 with a home run and two runs scored, the Dodgers powered their way to wins in the first two games.
Yesterday afternoon saw the Dodgers leading 1-0 through six innings. On a day Utley was hitless in four at-bats, it was time for Ruiz and Howard to step forward. Leading off in the seventh, Ruiz singled. Three batters later he scored his team’s first run, the lead runner when Freddy Galvis hit a three-run homer into the LA bullpen in left field. When Chase, Chooch and Ryan were 2008 teammates, Galvis was playing in Lakewood.
Clinging to a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Ruiz drew a 10-pitch walk and then stole second base. Who would have thought he’d have more steals in the series than Chase. With runners on second and third LA walked Galvis intentionally, choosing to pitch to the on-deck pinch-hitter, Howard. Ryan cleared the bases a right-field double, most likely his last at-bat in Dodger Stadium for the Phillies. The win evened the road trip, 3-3.
Legendary broadcaster, Vince Scully, who is retiring after his 67th season, was broadcasting his last Dodgers-Phillies game on radio. He will not be in Philly next week as he no longer travels. His first broadcast was the Dodgers-Phillies at Shibe Park in the 1950 season opener.
In a really classy move, Juan Samuel, Jerad Eickhoff, David Hernandez and Mike Mariot went to the press box before the game to bid Scully a farewell.
Jerad?@Eickough19 “Couldn’t leave Dodger Stadium without meeting the legendary Vin Scully. An experience I’ll never forget!
A day off today for the Phillies . . . Rockies come to town tomorrow night, the start of the annual Toyota Alumni Weekend . . . Jim Thome will be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-47), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Lost, 10-0, in SWB getting 3 singles. LP: David Buchanan (8-7), 4.1-9-6-5-0-2. Have lost last 4 games vs. SWB . . . Final meeting, Anthony Vasquez (2-0), 7:05 tonight in SWB.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (77-39), Eastern League Eastern Division. 2.5-game lead over Trenton.
Lost, 7-3, at Binghamton. LP: Tyler Viza (4-4), 5-8-4-4-2-3. LF Andrew Pullin, 1B, 2B, RBI, BB; hitting .371. C Jorge Alfaro, 2 H, RBI. SS KC Serna, 2 H. CF Roman Quinn, 3B (5), R, BB . . . Mark Leiter (5-1), 6:35 tonight in Binghamton.
Clearwater Threshers (28-16), Florida State League North Division. .006 ahead of Dunedin in battle for 1st place, 2nd half.
Rained out at home vs. Tampa . . . Brandon Leibrandt (0-1) and Shane Watson (4-4), 1 p.m. DH in Lakeland.
Lakewood BlueClaws (25-19), South Atlantic League North Division. 1.5-game lead over Hagerstown and Kannapolis, 2nd half.
After a 4-game losing streak, the BlueClaws have turned it around. They won their 5th in a row, 5-0, in Delmarva. WP: Jose Taveras (6-8), 7-4-0-0-2-6. 5 different players had 2 hits each including C Edgar Cabral, 2 RBI and RF Jose Pujols, HR (21) . . . 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis.
Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College.
Rained out at home vs. Hudson Valley . . . Adonis Medina (4-2) and Cole Irvin (3-1), 5:05 DH this evening vs. Hudson Valley.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (28-12), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Blue Jays.
Lost, 2-1, to the Tigers West in Lakeland. Held to 3 singles. Winning run in the 8th inning was unearned. ND: Will Stewart, 5-4-1-1-2-6 . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers West at Carpenter Complex.
I’ll be signing my new book, The Fightin’ Phils, from12:30 to 1:30 Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. Location: Section 111 in the main concourse.