Friday, April 27, 2012

Cubs at Phillies: April 27th to April 30th

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA
Friday and Saturday 7:05, Sunday 1:35, Monday 7:05

Cubs 6-13, 6th Place in the N.L. Central, 6 games behind the Cardinals
Phillies 9-10, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 5 games behind the Nationals

Cubs Probables:  Paul Maholm (1-2, 8.36), Randy Wells (0-0, 3.60), Matt Garza (1-1, 3.38), Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 4.13)
Phillies Probables:  Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50), Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34), Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 9.39), Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16)

At the Ballpark:  Sunday is the Phanatic's birthday party with all kids receiving a Phanatic Bank.  There will also be on-field, pre-game festivities to celebrate the Phanatic's big day.  (It's funny how his birthday always seems to fall on a Sunday.)  Monday night is another Dollar Dog Night.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Juan Pierre - .339
Runs:  Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino - 10
Home Runs:  Shane Victorino - 4
RBIs:  Hunter Pence - 11
Stolen Bases:  Shane Victorino - 6

Wins:  Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels - 3
ERA:  Roy Halladay - 1.50
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 30
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 6

1979 Topps #398 and #210
1979 Topps Flashback:  Featured today are two players who were part of probably the worst Phillies trade in the franchise's history.  Not pictured is the throw-in included by the Phillies when they sent perennial All-Star shortstop Larry Bowa to the Cubs back on January 27, 1982 - future Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.  Here are a few posts from several years back in which I cover the trade in a little more detail.

I didn't have Bowa's Topps card in 1979, but I definitely had his Burger King card which featured the exact same front.  That card was one of my early favorites in my small collection, and I would have been heart-broken had I known Bowa had just three more seasons remaining with the Phils.

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