Friday, July 4, 2014

Phillies at Pirates: July 4th to July 6th

Friday 5:05, Saturday 4:05 and Sunday 1:35
PNC Park - Pittsburgh, PA

Phillies 37-48, Tied for 4th in the N.L. East, 10 games behind the Braves
Pirates 44-41, 3rd Place in the N.L. Central, 6 1/2 games behind the Brewers

Phillies Probables:  Roberto Hernandez (3-7, 4.26), David Buchanan (4-4, 4.86), A.J. Burnett (5-7, 3.92)
Pirates Probables:  Gerrit Cole (6-4, 4.02), Edinson Volquez (6-6, 4.07), Jeff Locke (1-1, 3.46)

At the Ballpark:  Happy 4th of July!  The first 25,000 fans at PNC Park this afternoon will receive a Pirates t-shirt as part of their season-long Free Shirt Friday promotion.  On Sunday, all kids will receive an Andrew McCutchen poster.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Ben Revere - .293
Runs:  Chase Utley - 46
Home Runs:  Marlon Byrd - 16
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 51
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 24

Wins:  A.J. Burnett - 5
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.98
Strikeouts:  A.J. Burnett - 95
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 19

1988 Topps #543 and #349
1988 Topps Appreciation:  For the entire 1984 season and the first few weeks of the 1985 season, Kent Tekulve and Bob Walk were teammates on the Pirates.  Tekulve came over to the Phillies on April 20, 1985 in a deal that sent Al Holland and minor leaguer Frankie Griffin to Pittsburgh.  I was ecstatic at news of this trade.  Growing up, I was a Phillies fan first and a Kent Tekulve fan second and when the two came together as I was wrapping up fifth grade, I honestly couldn't believe my good fortune.  I've written about Teke a lot over the life of this blog, but here are a few posts in which I tried to explain my affection for the lanky, bespectacled reliever.

As I wrote almost five years ago, Walk pitched in only 28 games for the Phillies, but he's best remembered as the rookie who started Game 1 of the 1980 World Series.  When he won the game, he became just the second Philadelphia Phillies' player to win a World Series game, and the first since Grover Cleveland Alexander had won a game in the 1915 World Series.

In March 1981, Walk was shipped to the Atlanta Braves for Gary Matthews.  He pitched three years in Atlanta before signing as a free agent with the Pirates.  He'd pitch ten seasons with the Pirates, including three NLCS appearances with the team from 1990 through 1992.  Following the 1993 season and after a 14-year career in which he collected 105 wins, Walk retired, eventually joining the Pirates' broadcast booth.

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