Monday, April 6, 2015

Red Sox at Phillies: April 6th to April 9th

Monday 3:05, Wednesday and Thursday 7:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

2014 Season
Red Sox 71-91, 5th Place in the A.L. East, 25 games behind the Orioles
Phillies 73-89, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 23 games behind the Nationals

2014 Statistics
Red Sox Probables:  Clay Buchholz (8-11, 5.34), Porcello (15-13, 3.43), Justin Masterson (7-9, 5.88)
Phillies Probables:  Cole Hamels (9-9, 2.46), Aaron Harang (12-12, 3.57), David Buchanan (6-8, 3.75)

At the Ballpark:  It's opening day today!  All fans will receive a 2015 schedule & car magnet.  Wednesday is opening night with all fans 15 and over receiving a McDonald's opening night t-shirt.  On Thursday night, the first 500 fans to purchase a ticket specifically for the 1915 Phillies - 100th Anniversary Salute night will receive a special 1915 National League Champions Pennant.  The Phillies will also wear special 1915 throwback hats.

Phillies Spring Training Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .343
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 12
Home Runs:  Chase Utley - 4
RBIs:  Cody Asche and Chase Utley - 11
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 7

Wins:  David Buchanan - 3
ERA:  David Buchanan - 1.29
Strikeouts:  Andy Oliver - 22
Saves:  Luis Garcia - 4
1985 Topps #686
1985 Topps #209
1985 Topps Appreciation:  I'll be looking back at Phillies-related cards from the 1985 Topps set throughout the season in these game summary posts.  First up are two players that didn't spend much time at all with the Phillies.

Mike Easler spent two seasons in Boston in 1984 and 1985 as the team's primary designated hitter.  He came to the Phillies in December 1986 in the deal that sent Charles Hudson to the Bronx.  Almost exactly six months later, Easler was shipped back to the Yankees where he'd finish up the year and his career.

The best years of Bill Campbell's career were spent in Boston between 1977 and 1981.  An All-Star in 1977, Campbell was the American League's leading fireman with 31 saves.  He spent the 1984 season with the Phillies (6-5, 3.43 ERA) and was traded to the Cardinals in April 1985.  He'd go on to appear in three games in the 1985 World Series with the Cardinals.  I took a look a Campbell's 1979 Topps card three years ago in this series preview post.

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