Thursday, June 6, 2013

Phillies at Brewers: June 6th to June 9th

Thursday and Friday 8:10, Saturday 7:15, Sunday 2:10
Miller Park - Milwaukee, WI

Phillies 30-30, 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 7 1/2 games behind the Braves
Brewers 22-36, 5th Place in the N.L. Central, 15 1/2 games behind the Cardinals

Phillies Probables:  Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76), Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.45), Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 3.12), Jonathan Pettibone (3-1, 3.40)
Brewers Probables:  Wily Peralta (4-6, 5.94), Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67), TBD, Kyle Lohse (1-6, 4.39)

At the Ballpark:  On Saturday, the first 10,000 adults at the game will receive a Brewers T-Shirt.  Sunday afternoon is Carlos Gomez bobble head day.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Domonic Brown - .284
Runs:  Domonic Brown - 30
Home Runs:  Domonic Brown - 18
RBIs:  Domonic Brown - 44
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 14

Wins:  Cliff Lee - 7
ERA:  Cliff Lee - 2.45
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 77
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 11

1973 Topps #246, #71, #526 and #332
1973 Topps Flashback:  There's another foursome of players with Phillies and Brewers connections for today's flashback.  As reported when the Brewers visited Philadelphia, Ken Sanders spent less than a month as property of the Phillies after being acquired from the Brewers in the Don Money deal.  It's a shame that someone on the Topps payroll went through the trouble to airbrush such a cruddy P on Sanders' hat.

Johnny Briggs spent the first eight years of his career with the Phillies before being traded to the Brewers in April 1971 for Pete Koegel and Ray Peters.  His best season may have been 1972 when he hit 21 home runs and drove in 65.  Briggs appears as a Phillie within Topps sets from 1965 to 1971.

Downtown Ollie Brown was a teammate of Briggs in Milwaukee in 1972 and 1973.  The Phillies brought him to town in June 1974 after he had been waived by the Astros.  Brown wrapped up his 13-year career with parts of four seasons with the Phils, and he earned his only postseason playing time in the N.L.C.S. with the club in 1976 and 1977.

John Felske was a back-up catcher with the Brewers in 1972 and 1973, appearing in 50 games and hitting .137 with one home run.  His playing career ended following the 1973 season, and he started a 13-year coaching and managing career that had him holding positions within the Brewers, Blue Jays and Phillies systems.  After guiding the Reading Phillies in 1982 and the Portland Beavers in 1983, Felske served as then-manager Paul Owens' bench coach during the 1984 season.  He was named the team's manager in 1985 and guided the Phils to a 190-194 record before getting replaced by Lee Elia in the middle of the 1987 season.

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