Game 68 - Tuesday Night, June 22nd in Philadelphia
Jamie Moyer continues to amaze as he went 8 strong innings tonight on his way to his 8th win of the season and the 266th win of his career, tying him for 36th place all-time with Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Eppa Rixey. He also tied Robin Roberts on the all-time home runs allowed list with 505 when Russell Branyan homered off him in the 2nd inning. He allowed just 2 hits while striking out 5. Brad Lidge struck out the final two batters of the game to record his 5th save.
The Phils manufactured their 2 runs in the 1st inning. Ryan Howard singled home Placido Polanco with the first run and a Jayson Werth sac fly brought home Chase Utley for the second run.
Charlie Manuel got himself tossed in the 5th inning when Raul Ibañez was called out for leaving the basepath. Manuel disagreed with the ump, even though it appeared Ibañez was a good 3 feet away from where he should be.
The Dobbs Era: It's over . . . for now. In a flurry of roster moves this afternoon, the Phils activated Jimmy Rollins and recalled lefty reliever Mike Zagurski from AAA Lehigh Valley. They placed Carlos Ruiz on the DL with a concussion and designated Greg Dobbs for assignment. Dobbs has long been a favorite in our household and although his departure makes sense for the team, it's still sad to see him go. The team hopes he clears waivers and decides to accept an assignment to Lehigh Valley to get some at-bats and hopefully recapture his 2008 swing.
Dutch: Darren Daulton will be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame on August 6th, as part of the Alumni Weekend festivities. I'm guessing Dutch will be the first of several players from the '93 team to eventually gain induction. (I'm predicting John Kruk in 2011.) The Jamie Moyer card featured here was part of a 25-card team set given away to fans during their 2007 Alumni Weekend. Each team set also contained 1 of 10 cards of famous Phillies alumni.