Monday, August 6, 2012

Braves at Phillies: August 6th to August 8th

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:05

Braves 62-46, 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 3 games behind the Nationals
Phillies 49-59, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 16 games behind the Nationals

Braves Probables:  Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46), Mike Minor (6-7, 5.01), Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45)
Phillies Probables:  Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63), Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34), Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45)

At the Ballpark:  The Phillies host their annual Jewish Heritage Celebration on Tuesday night.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Carlos Ruiz - .335
Runs:  Jimmy Rollins - 61
Home Runs:  Carlos Ruiz - 14*
RBIs:  Carlos Ruiz - 58*
Stolen Bases:  Juan Pierre - 27

Wins:  Cole Hamels - 11
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 3.34
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 147
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 24

*Hunter Pence, now with the Giants, has the overall lead with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs.

1979 Topps #629 and #419
1979 Topps Flashback:  On June 15, 1978, the Phillies and Braves swapped veteran right-handed pitchers with reliever Gene Garber heading to Atlanta and starter Dick Ruthven coming back to Philadelphia after a 2 1/2 season absence.

Garber was purchased from the Royals back in July 1974 and for parts of five seasons, he was one of the Phillies most reliable relief pitchers.  He appeared in 250 games with the Phils, including a league leading 71 in 1975, compiling a 33-22 record with 51 saves and a 2.68 ERA.  Garber's career spanned 19 seasons and he eventually retired following his release by the Royals in July 1988.

Ruthven was drafted by the Phillies in January 1973, and he appeared in his first game with the big club in April 1973.  After struggling in 1975, the Phils shipped him to the White Sox in the deal that netted Jim Kaat.  His second stint with the Phillies was much more successfully, as his 17-10 record in 1980 helped the team to their first World Series ring.  In May 1983, Ruthven was dealt to the Cubs for Willie Hernandez.  He pitched with the Cubs until his release in May 1986.

1 comment:

Steve F. said...

Gene Garber is now an emu farmer in Lancaster County: