Saturday, June 18, 2011

1997 Best Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #12 Eric Wedge

Mariners 4, Phillies 2
Game 71 - Late Friday Night, June 17th in Seattle

One Sentence Summary:  The Mariners snapped the Phillies 7-game winning streak, behind Michael Pineda's fine pitching performance, 7-4.

What It Means:  The Phils fell to 44-27, but they still have a five game lead in the division.

What Went Wrong:  Roy Oswalt (4-5) continues to look mediocre, as he's now 1-5 with a 4.17 ERA in his last eight starts.  He lasted 6 1/3 innings this outing, giving up all four Mariners runs on eight hits, including a solo home run from Phillie-killer Miguel Olivo in the fourth.

Pineda (7-4) didn't allow a hit until Shane Victorino singled to right with two outs in the sixth inning.

Featured Card: Current Mariners manager Eric Wedge appeared as a player in 39 games between 1991 and 1994 with the Red Sox and Rockies.  However, he wrapped up his playing career with 47 games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, the Phillies Triple-A team, in 1997.  He retired following the '97 season and began his managerial career with the Single-A Columbus RedStixx, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.  He worked his way up through the minors to eventually manage the Indians between 2003 and 2009, taking the team to the ALCS in 2007 where they fell to the Red Sox.  This is his first year managing the Mariners.

This is most likely Wedge's final card as a player, from the Red Barons team set I purchased from Lackawanna County Stadium back in the summer of '97.  There's no way to predict from looking at this card that Wedge would one day develop one of the best mustaches in professional baseball.

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