Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Phillies at Angels: August 12th to August 13th

Tuesday and Wednesday 10:05
Angel Stadium - Anaheim, CA

Phillies 53-66, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 11 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Angels 68-49, 2nd Place in the A.L. West, 3 1/2 games behind the Athletics

Phillies Probables:  Jerome Williams (0-0, 0.00), A.J. Burnett (6-12, 4.29)
Angels Probabes:  C.J. Wilson (8-8, 4.82), Jered Weaver (12-7, 3.68)

At the Ballpark:  I hadn't heard about this, but the Angels website is saying that the Phillie Phanatic will be visiting Angel Stadium for both of these games.  Also of interest is the Jim Fregosi Tribute Collector Card that will be given out at tonight's ballgame.  Finally, all kids attending tomorrow night's game will receive a "Kids' Baby Rally Monkey Bobble," which sounds terrifying.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Ben Revere - .309
Runs:  Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins - 61
Home Runs:  Marlon Byrd - 22
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 72
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 32

Wins:  David Buchanan, A.J. Burnett, Cole Hamels and Roberto Hernandez* - 6
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.37
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 144
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 27

*Now with the Los Angeles Dodgers

1988 Topps #215, #95, #498 and #243
1988 Topps Appreciation:  I'm all over the place with this installment of 1988 Topps cards featuring former Phillies and Angels.

Von Hayes wrapped up his 12-year big league career with a partial season with the California Angels in 1992.  The Phillies had traded Hayes to the Angels following the 1991 season for two prospects - pitcher Kyle Abbott and some outfield prospect named Ruben Amaro, Jr.  Lance Parrish was dealt from the Phils to the Angels in October 1988 for minor leaguer David Holdridge after a less than stellar stint in Philadelphia.  Hayes makes a cameo on Parrish's card.

Catcher and Wall of Famer Bob Boone spent just short of a full season less playing for the Angels (968 games between 1982 and 1988) as he did playing for the Phillies (1,125 games between 1972 and 1981).  Following the 1988 season, Boone headed to Kansas City for his final two seasons.

I wrote about Mark Ryal's near missing link status back in my 1989 Phillies Missing Links post.  Ryal only appeared with the Phillies for 29 games in 1989 and another nine games in 1990, but I always held out hope that he'd appear on a standard-sized Phillies card.  Alas, it was not to be.

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