It was listed as Alumni Weekend, brought to you by Toyota. It should have been Toyota Heat Index Weekend. Anyway, grab a cold water bottle for a review of a very interesting and entertaining weekend.
Jim Thome became the 38th legend inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame . . . Ryan Howard escorted Jim’s children, Lila and Landon, to the stage and presented him with his copy of the WOF plaque . . . 13-year-old Lila sang the anthem and received a louder response than the introduction of Charlie Manuel . . . On the night they honored his predecessor, Howard hit a towering home run with the bases loaded and drove in five runs. Hollywood couldn’t have written a better script . . . Thome, seated next to Bobby Abreu in Suite 73, stood and cheered as did the crowd on Howard’s blast that ended in the Colorado bullpen which is next to the Wall of Fame display.
Jake Thompson won his first major league game and did something that happened only one other time in Phillies history. Thanks to a strikeout/wild pitch, he wound up striking out four batters in one inning (second). Left-hander Doc White did that for the Phillies in the fifth inning vs. Brooklyn in 1902.
Larry Bowa received the John Vukovich Award pre-game from Nikki and Vince, Vuk’s children. Vuk and Bowa are Sacramento’s gift to the Phillies . . . 49 former players were introduced, an Alumni Night tradition. Oldest was 89-year-old Don Hasenmayer who, at 18 years of age, started at third base for the Phillies 71 years ago . . . Youngest at 39 years of age, Randy Wolf and Pat Burrell . . . Biggest ovation went to Manuel . . .
Led by Howard, the current players and Alumni mingled following the introductions . . . Wolf symbolically retired as a Phillie by throwing out the first ball. The catcher was Randy’s brother, Jim, a major league umpire who was on vacation. Randy had no idea until Jim took off the mask. “Totally surprised,” beamed Randy . . . Thome joined Phillies Phanatic in shooting hot dogs to the crowd during the game. As they entered the field from the right field corner, Thome accidently fired the first hot dog and nearly drilled Charlie Blackmon, the Rockies’ centerfielder.
The game’s outcome turned out to be a first in Phillies history. Elias Sports Bureau:
“The Phillies defeated the Rockies 6-3 despite collecting fewer singles (7-4), doubles (3-1), triples (1-0), and home runs (2-1) than Colorado. Philadelphia entered Saturday 0-202 in the modern era (since 1900) when being out-singled, out-doubled, out-tripled, and out-homered in a game.” I have no idea how the Elias staff can dig up such notes.
With Carlos Ruiz behind the plate, Placido Polanco became the latest player to retire as a Phillie with the ceremonial first ball . . . Wolf joined the Phanatic in shooting hot dogs this time . . . With Jeanmar Gomez getting his second straight save in two games the Phillies won, 7-6. It was his 31st save. Prior to this season, he had appeared in 159 major league games and had one save . . . The Rockies and Phillies combined for 22 hits and 22 LOB . . . Cesar Hernandez extended his streak of reaching base to 21 games . . . Since Citizens Bank Park opened, the Phillies are 8-1-4 against Colorado. That lone series loss was last year . . . Fourth straight win for the Phillies for first time since July 3-4-5-6 . . . Blackmon homered three times Friday, struck out three times Saturday and homered twice on Sunday. Five homers in three games is a CBP record.
Minor League Report
Reading: CF Osmel Aguila, transferred from Lehigh Valley.
Clearwater, OF Nerlis Rodriguez transferred from Lakewood.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (72-49), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Won 1-0 Sunday after 4-2 and 6-0 losses to Indianapolis. Offense produced 12 singles, one double and one home run in the series . . . WP: Phil Klein (2-1), 8-2-0-0-2-11, career high in SO; SV: Hoby Milner (1), 1-1-0-0-0-1; 1st AAA save . . . 4-2 loss Saturday was a 13-inning game that included a 1:32 rain delay. Brock Stassi, that night, 3-4, HR (9), RBI and the losing pitcher, 1-3-2-2-1-0, as LV’s 6th pitcher . . . David Buchanan (8-7), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-41), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3-game lead over Trenton.
Lost 2 of 3 in Altoona, the Western Division leader. 6-5 W on Sunday ended a 3-game losing streak. WP: Gregory Infante (4-2); SV: Miguel Nunez (15). Roman Quinn played RF Friday and recorded 3 assists. Dylan Cozens was in RF the other two games, 34th 2B, 33rd HR . . . Day off today.
Clearwater Threshers (30-19), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2.5 games behind Dunedin, 2nd half, with 21 games remaining.
Lost, 5-3 and won, 5-2, in Lakeland and lost, 9-2, yesterday in Dunedin. WP: Elneiry Garcia (10-3), 6-5-0-0-0-5 . . . C Chace Numada, 5-13, weekend, extending hitting streak to 10 games . . . 1B Kyle Martin homered in each of last 2 games, #15-16 . . . Threshers played 3 day games in Lakeland, Thursday-Saturday, and drew a total of 502 fans. Attendance for Dunedin game, 575 . . . 7 tonight vs. Dunedin.
Lakewood BlueClaws (26-21), South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd place, 1/2-game out of 1st place, 2nd half.
Lost 2 of 3 in Kannapolis . . . 6-1 W came Sunday, Alberto Tirado (4-1), 6-3-1-1-0-9 SV: Grant Dyer (1), 3-1-0-0-0-6 . . . 2-1 loss Sunday ended with a 9-2 double play with the bases-loaded and 1 out in T9 . . . RF Jose Pujols, 6-11 weekend, including 22nd HR. SS Emanuel Marrero, 6-10, 2 RBI . . . Day off today.
Williamsport Crosscutters (29-24), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6.5 games behind State College.
Were swept in Mahoning Valley scoring 2 runs in each game and totaling 15 hits. LF Enmanuel Garcia, HR in each of last 2 games, #2-3 . . . 2 day All-Star Game break starts today.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (31-12), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 1 game behind Blue Jays.
Beat Yankees West twice, 2-1, 7-6. WP: Sixto Sanchez (4-0), 5-3-0-0-1-5, lowered ERA to 0.42; has 29 consecutive scoreless innings. Game ended on an 8-2-5 double play . . . WP Saturday: Nick Fanti (6-1), 5-6-2-2-1-3 . . . . . . 12 noon vs. Blue Jays in Dunedin.
August 15, 1958–Richie Ashburn gets his 2,000th hit when he singles in third inning off
Carlton Willey of Braves at Milwaukee.
August 15, 1990–Terry Mulholland pitches 60 no-hitter against San Francisco, the first
ever at the Vet. It is the first by a Phillies pitcher at home this century and eighth of
the 1990 season, a major league record.