Larry Shenk, Vice President of Alumni Relations, shares his notes, quotes and anecdotes from the world of baseball.
One Streak Ends
Everything has an ending, except promises by politicians.
The longest sellout streak in NL history ended last night, 257 regular-season games since 7/7/09. During the incredible streak, the Phillies averaged an amazing 45,082. That’s a real tribute to passionate Phillies fans. So, thanks, thanks, thanks.
Only streaks longer are 772 by the current Red Sox (Fenway capacity 37,493) and 455 by Cleveland, 1995-2001.
One streak that hasn’t ended is the Braves’ spell over the Phillies. Atlanta made it seven in a row last night. Phillies haven’t beaten the Braves at Citizens Bank Park since 9/11/11. During the seven games, Atlanta has outscored the Phillies, 35-11. Braves also have fewer errors, 7-0.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley ended six straight games against Pawtucket with a 7-1 loss. Two home game and then four in the road. One of the strange schedule quirks. 2B Cesar Hernandez had half of LV’s 4 hits. Since his promotion to AAA, he’s hitting .333. Remember the name.
Reading and Clearwater were not scheduled.
Lakewood ended a 3-game losing streak by beating West Virginia, 8-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 3 hits, 4 RBI. Win went to 19-year-old Lino Martinez (6-5), who matched his career high set a year ago at Williamsport.
Williamsport lost its fourth in a row to Connecticut, 7-1. 19-year-old SS Roman Quinn, single, 5th double, league-leading ninth triple and an RBI.
Gulf Coast League Phillies dropped their third straight, 4-2, to the Braves. LV CF Derrick Mitchell, rehabbing in Clearwater, hit a home run. So, Atlanta defeated Philadelphia on the major league level and rookie league ball in the same day.
A Phillies tradition in which stars from the past return is right around the corner. It starts with a Thursday noon luncheon for Seniors and ends on Sunday afternoon, when Alumni will surprise fans several times. Check everything at http://www.phillies.com.alumni.
Posted on August 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm Permalink No
Out of the cellar
Weekend in review…………..
**By winning the series, the Phillies now have done that back-to-back which is good enough to get them out of the cellar.
**Shutout on Saturday night was the Phillies first at Citizens Bank Park since September 5, 2011.
**Doc’s win was his first since May 17.
**Cliff is winless in his last 10 starts at home. But, back-to-back strong outings by Doc and Cliff bodes well for the future.
**Ryan’s walk-off single was the eighth of his career, most of anybody on the team.
**Five of the Phillies last six wins at home have come in their final at-bat.
**In this season of disbelief, yet another injury, Chooch, their most consistent player. The All-Star catcher could miss the rest of the season.
**Given an opportunity, Kratz has stepped up big time behind the plate.
**J-Roll moved into third place ahead of Larry Bowa for games played in Phillies history. He trails only Richie Ashburn (1,794) and Mike Schmidt (2,404). Sometime next week, Jimmy will pass Bowa for the most games played at shortstop in team history.
**Chase’s homer on Sunday was his 195th, tying former teammate Bobby Abreu for ninth place on the all-time list. Dick Allen is eighth, 204.
Del Ennis became the second Phillie to reach 1,000 RBI 57 years ago. Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a vintage photo of Del and three teammates acknowledging that accomplishment.
Posted on August 6, 2012 at 11:29 am Permalink No Comments
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