Friday, May 31, 2013

Brewers at Phillies: May 31st to June 2nd

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA
Friday 7:05, Saturday 4:05, Sunday 1:35

Brewers 19-33, 5th Place in the N.L. Central, 16 games behind the Cardinals
Phillies 26-28, 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves

Brewers Probables:  Yovani Gallardo (3-5, 4.79), Mike Fiers (1-3, 5.66), Wily Peralta (3-6, 6.35)
Phillies Probables:  Cole Hamels (1-8, 4.43), Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 5.74), Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34)

At the Ballpark:  Tonight all kids will receive the Phanatic's latest children's book - Phillie Phanatic's Hall of Fame Journey.  Tomorrow afternoon is the annual Phillies Photo Day, and fans will be allowed down on to the field before the game to take pictures of the Phillies players, coaches and announcers.  All fans will also receive a special Phillies print.  Finally, Sunday afternoon is Father's Appreciation Day with all men 15 and older receiving a special t-shirt.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Chase Utley - .272
Runs:  Domonic Brown and Chase Utley - 21
Home Runs:  Domonic Brown - 11
RBIs:  Domonic Brown - 30
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 9

Wins:  Cliff Lee - 6
ERA:  Cliff Lee - 2.34
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee - 63
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 10

1973 Topps #386, #74, #451 and #3
1973 Topps Flashback:  On October 31, 1972, the Phillies and Brewers pulled off a blockbuster, seven-player trade.  The Brewers received third baseman Don Money, righty reliever Billy Champion and infielder John Vukovich, while starting pitchers Ken Brett and Jim Lonborg, along with relievers Ken Sanders and Earl Stephenson came to the Phillies.  Today's flashback features three cards with poorly airbrushed logos and a card with a skyward looking Vukovich wearing a uniform that used to have red stripes.  The familiar multi-colored seats of Veterans Stadium are clearly visible behind Money.

Only Money went on to have success in Milwaukee, making four All-Star teams and hitting 134 home runs in his 11 seasons with the Brewers.  Champion went 22-19 from 1973 to 1976 and Vuk hit .149 in parts of two seasons with the Brewers.

On the flip side, Lonborg was the key to the deal for the Phillies.  He helped solidify a pitching rotation that went to the postseason three years in a row from 1976 to 1978.  Lonborg won 17 games in 1974 and was an 18-game winner in 1976.  Brett lasted just one season in Philly (13-9, 3.44 ERA in 31 games) before getting dealt to the Pirates for Dave Cash.

Sanders received a card in the 1973 Topps set with the Phillies, but the team kept him only a month before flipping him to the Twins in the Cesar Tovar deal.  Stephenson never played for the Phils either.

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