Saturday, September 5, 2015

1999 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons Team Issue #21 Torey Lovullo

Red Sox 7, Phillies 5
Game 135 - Friday Night, September 4th in Boston
Record - 53-82, 5th Place, 21 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies mounted a late comeback, but the Sox ultimately prevailed, 7-5.

What It Means:  I'll remember two bad/questionable plays from this game.

Freddy Galvis popped up a bunt for the first out of the seventh inning with runners at first and second.  And Ryan Howard , batting as the potential tying run in the top of the ninth inning, struck out on three pitches against the left-handed Robbie Ross, Jr.  Prior to that at-bat, Howard had been 13 for 95 (.137) against left-handed pitchers this season.

What Happened:  On the plus-side, Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr both had three hits, with Herrera hitting his 7th home run of the season in the ninth.

Featured Card:  Former short-time Phillie Torey Lovullo is the interim manager for the Red Sox these days as manager John Farrell has taken a medical leave of absence to undergo cancer treatment. (We certainly wish Farrell all the best and a quick recovery.)

Lovullo appeared in 17 games for the 1999 Phillies in his eighth and final season in the big leagues. No offense to Lovullo, but I honestly have no recollection at all of his time in red pinstripes.  His only Phillies-related baseball card in my collection is from the 1999 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons team set.

Virtual Phillies Wall Updates:  The Phillies added another player to their expanded roster yesterday, recalling outfielder Brian Bogusevic from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Bogusevic's services were needed as Domonic Brown headed back to Philadelphia where it was determined he suffered a concussion after tumbling into the Citi Field stands on Thursday night.  I also reshuffled some of the cards to reflect recent changes to the regular starters at several positions.


Rich D'Ambrosio said...

I remember him. He wore #4. I saw him hit a pinch hit homerun at the Vet against the Reds in early September.

Jim said...

That's a great memory! It's funny what we do or don't remember about these fringe Phillies players.

Rich D'Ambrosio said...

I thought I was the only one who liked collecting cards/photos of obscure Phillies.

Jim said...

Rich - Nope, definitely not the only one! I've been searching for photos of obscure Phillies from the '80s and '90s for years.

If you come across any Phillies photos of Steve Comer, Renie Martin, Tom Gorman, Salome Barojas or Bill Scherrer, please send them my way!