Thursday, April 19, 2012

Phillies at Padres: April 19th to April 22nd

Petco Park - San Diego, CA
Thursday and Friday 10:05, Saturday 8:35 and Sunday 4:05

Phillies 5-7, 5th Place in N.L. East, 4 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Padres 3-10, 5th Place in N.L. West, 6 1/2 games behind the Dodgers

Phillies Probables:  Vance Worley (0-1, 3.75), Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65), Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17), Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26)
Padres Probables:  Joe Wieland (0-1, 10.80), Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24), Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71), Anthony Bass (0-2, 3.38)

At the Ballpark:  Tonight is a fireworks night at Petco, with the fireworks to start following the game.  The first 25,000 fans will receive a Padres hat on Saturday and Sunday is Military Opening Day.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Hunter Pence - .326
Runs:  Hunter Pence - 7
Home Runs:  Hunter Pence -2
RBIs:  Hunter Pence - 7
Stolen Bases:  Shane Victorino - 5

Wins:  Roy Halladay - 3
ERA:  Roy Halladay - 1.17
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 9
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 3

1979 Topps #630 and #263
1979 Topps Flashback:  Today's flashback features two flashy '70s outfielders known just as much for their glorious heads of hair as their stellar play.  Bake McBride was the team's regular right fielder from 1977 to 1981, hitting .292 in 553 games and stealing 98 bases.  During the magical 1980 season, McBride hit .309 with 33 doubles, 10 triples and 87 RBIs and he finished 10th in National League MVP voting.  Here's a link to a great wallpaper created by Dick Allen Hall of Fame, celebrating the Phillies All-Hair Outfield of 1978.  Sadly, Oscar Gamble had departed the club some six years earlier and he spent the '78 season with the Padres.

Gamble came to the Phillies in November 1969 when the team shipped long-time Phillie Johnny Callison to the Cubs as part of a four-player trade.  He played all three outfield positions during his three years with the club while hitting only .241.  The Phillies traded him and Roger Freed to the Indians following the 1972 season, in the deal that first brought Del Unser to the club.

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