Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dodgers at Phillies: August 4th to August 6th

Tuesday and Wednesday 7:05, Thursday 1:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Dodgers 60-45, 1st Place in the N.L. West, 3 games ahead of the Giants
Phillies 41-65, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 15 games behind the Mets

Dodgers Probables:  Alex Wood (7-6, 3.54), Brett Anderson (5-6, 3.14), Zack Greinke (10-2, 1.41)
Phillies Probables:  Jerome Williams (3-8, 6.36), Aaron Harang (5-11, 3.97), David Buchanan (2-5, 6.44)

At the Ballpark:  On Thursday afternoon, all fans will receive a Pride of the Phillies print featuring the recently dedicated Phillies Mural.  Kids can also run the bases after Thursday's game.

Dodgers Leaders
Average:  Justin Turner - .323
Runs:  Adrian Gonzalez - 59
Home Runs:  Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson - 21
RBIs:  Adrian Gonzalez - 61
Stolen Bases:  Jimmy Rollins - 8

Wins:  Zack Greinke - 10
ERA:  Zack Greinke - 1.41
Strikeouts:  Clayton Kershaw - 192
Saves:  Kenley Jansen - 19

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Maikel Franco - .283+
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 40+
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 18
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 60
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 15+

Wins:  Ken Giles and Aaron Harang - 5*
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 3.97*
Strikeouts:  Aaron Harang - 76*
Saves:  Ken Giles - 2^

+Ben Revere, now with the Blue Jays, is the overall team leader with a .298 batting average, 49 runs and 24 stolen bases.
*Cole Hamels, now with the Rangers, is the overall team leader with 6 wins, 3.64 ERA and 137 strikeouts
^Jonathan Papelbon, now with the Naitonals, is the overall team leader with 17 saves.

1985 Topps Traded #88T
1985 Topps #130
1985 Topps Appreciation:  On August 20, 1984, I tuned in to watch the Phillies-Giants game and paid no mind when Harry Kalas mentioned that Al Oliver was on deck.  I was probably sorting baseball cards at the time and was only half paying attention.  Oliver was the Giants first baseman at the time and the mention of his name barely registered.

So imagine my shock and surprise when I looked up and realized that Oliver was coming to the plate wearing the maroon pinstripes of the Phillies!  Before the interwebs, we found out about trades when the TV or radio broadcasters announced them or when we read the Sports page in the morning news paper.  The Phils travelled to San Francisco to open a three-game series with Oliver's Giants and immediately prior to the start of the series the two teams consummated the trade that meant Oliver would be getting dressed in the visitor's clubhouse and not the Giants clubhouse.

Oliver played out the season with the Phillies and was traded to the Dodgers on February 4, 1985 for Pat Zachry.

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