White Sox Rare Foe

00 Sox
Interleague play has some natural rivalries, Dodgers-Angels, Mets-Yankees, White Sox-Cubs, A’s-Giants, Reds-Indians, Nationals-Orioles.  Then there are rare oddities such as the Phillies and White Sox who play a mini two-game series in Chicago starting tonight. Since interleague play began in 1997 these two teams have met 12 times with Phillies winning seven.

What’s really rare….this is only the second time they have played in U.S. Cellular Field. Two games were played there in June of 2004. A third was postponed and played that August 30 before 5,747 fans. The White Sox won two of three slugfests. Final tally in runs: White Sox 33, Phillies 32. Jim Thome hit four homers and drove in 10 runs in three games for the Phillies. Phils’ designated hitters were Jason Michaels, Ricky Ledee and Thome.

The other nine games between the two teams were in Philly, three at the Vet (2002) and six at Citizens Bank Park (2007 & 2013). White Sox visit CBP again for two games, September 20-21.

Thome is now a special assistant to the Senior VP/General Manager.  Guess we know who he will be rooting for.

Oh, in case you are wondering, milk was $3.75 per gallon and gas, $2.10 per gallon in 2004. Diapers, $2.59 but don’t know if that was the cost for one or by the pound. Assume the diapers were clean.

5 Things
Five things about the White Sox:
**8-8 in interleague play, same record as the Phillies.
**23-10 on May 9; 36-53 since.
**14-21 since the All-Star Game.
**493 runs scored rank last in A. L.
**414 walks issued are second-most in A. L.

Phil-Ins

00 C Hernandez
Peter Bourjos (3-10) and Jimmy Paredes (2-9) are only Phillies who have batted in U.S. Cellular Field . . . Phillies leading hitters on the road are Cesar Hernandez (.321) (photo), Odubel Herrera (.296) and Cameron Rupp (.292) . . . Ryan Howard has 195 homers at home, 181 on the road.

Minor League Report
Transactions
Lehigh Valley, added INF Taylor Featherston; released OF David Lough.
Reading, LHR Joey DeNato transferred from Clearwater.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (76-54), International League North Division. 2nd place, 5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.

Lost, 5-3, to SWB. LP: Hoby Milner (0-1). LV had 7 singles, 1 triple, 12 LOB. Darin Ruf, 2-5, RBI. SS J.P. Crawford, 0-2, R, RBI, 3 BB . . . Ben Lively (8-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton in final regular season game between the clubs.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5 . . . IronPigs have 4.5 game lead over Rochester for the wildcard berth.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (82-45), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4.5-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.

Lost, 5-2, at Akron. LP: Tyler Viza (4-5), 6-8-3-3-2-5. 3B Mitch Walding, 2 of Reading’s 6 hits and the lone extra-base hit, HR (3). Walding had 9 HR at Clearwater before promotion . . . Mark Leiter (6-2), 7:05 tonight in Akron.

Postseason: Top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (35-22), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games
behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.

Season resumes 7:00 tonight vs. Brevard County, Brandon Leibrandt (2-1).

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. To qualify, Clearwater needs to win the 2nd half.

Lakewood BlueClaws (34-23), South Atlantic League North Division.  1st place, 3 game lead, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.

Won Sunday’s suspended game, 9-6, and the regularly-scheduled game, 3-1, in Delmarva to stretch winning streak to 7 games . . . Suspended game: WP Scott Harris (1-0). SV: Sutter McLoughlin (10). Grant Dyer, 5-3-1-1-0-5 . . . Regular game: WP Jose Taveras (7-6), 5-3-1-1-2-9. SV: Jacob Waguespage (6). RF Jose Pujols, 3-4, HR (24), 2 RBI . . . LF Cornelius Randolph, 4-9, 4 RBI . . . CF Mark Laird, 2-7, 2 R, 2 BB, SB . . . Harold Arauz (3-6), 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. Lakewood needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason.

Williamsport Crosscutters (32-29), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 8 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.

Lost DH to Auburn, 1-0 and 3-1.  Cutters had 7 hits for the night, 3 by SS Chandler Hall
. . . Bailey Falter (1-6), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3. In the wildcard race, Cutters are in 3rd place, 2.5 games behind.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (37-14), Northwest Division. 2nd place, .010 behind Blue Jays.  Season ends September 1.

Improved August record to 16-4 with a 4-2 win over the Pirates in Bradenton. WP: Will Stewart (2-2), 5-3-0-0-1-4. SV: Jose Nin (6); 13 G, 14.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 12 SO. SS Cole Stobbe, 2-3, 2B (7), HR (3), 2 RBI; last 3 G, 5-9, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI.  RF Malvin Matos, HR (2), SB . . . 12 noon today vs. Pirates at Carpenter Complex.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff.  Winners advance to championship, best-of-3. Phillies need to win the division to quality for the postseason.

This Date
August 23, 1883
Phillies are charged with 27 errors in a game against Providence (walks, wild pitches and passed balls were charged as errors prior to 1888).

August 23, 2009
Phillies beat Mets, 9-7, in New York as second baseman Eric Bruntlett starts an
unassisted triple play in bottom of ninth inning to end the game. It is the 15th unassisted triple play in MLB history but only the second to end a game.

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