June 2010

The Week That Was…

.375, 9 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 1 GS, 14 RBI, 5R, 4 straight Rizzotti_Matt_Ralph Trout.JPGgames with a home run — impressive right?

What if I told you those were the numbers for an R-Phils player in just one week’s time — even more impressive right?

Well, those numbers are from the bat of Matt Rizzotti, the 24-year-old slugger, who has taken the Reading Phillies by storm since his promotion from Clearwater (A+) on May 13.

Rizzotti, a product of Manhattan College, is hitting .325 with nine homers and 31 RBIs over 35 games with the R-Phils this season. Eight of his nine home runs have been at FirstEnergy Stadium, and it seems that each one has played a big part in the outcome of the game.

His May was truly great — .377 with 4 homers and 14 RBIs for the R-Phils in just 17 games — which helped earn him Philadelphia Phillies Minor League Player of the Month honors.

His June has a chance to be even better! So far this month, Rizzotti has hit .284 with five homers and 17 RBIs.

Check out these numbers:

Over his last ten games —  .306, 4 HR, 16 RBIs
Over his last five games — .421, 4 HR, 13 RBIs

The Year of the Pie Continues…

pie-in-the-face.pngLast night’s pie fest was not the first here in Baseballtown this season, but, it was certainly the longest.

In what was a thrilling 9-8 walk-off victory for the R-Phils last night, the pie returned, and returned, and returned, and well, returned for the first time in awhile. 

Freddy Galvis ripped a game-winning triple in the ninth after a mammoth game-tying two-run blast from Matt Rizzotti, and then was mauled by his teammates who celebrated the spectacular win. Galvis was the Railroad House Player of the Game, and it was my chance to talk to him about that great at-bat, or so I thought.

Sergio Escalona, who has been the pie guy this season, was back at it again on Friday — this time with a pie in each hand and he got Galvis good. While the 20-year-old shortstop was trying to dry off, he was hit again, and again, and again — five pies!

It was an unbelievable night in Baseballtown. The fans were in to it from the first pitch on — and when the game was over, the fans were treated to a game they will never forget.

Friday’s Pie Post-Game Interview 

Alumni Report —

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Rolen has enjoyed a very successful season in the Majors in 2010, and has resurrected his career with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Jasper, IN, native is currently hitting .307 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs. His 14 HRs ties him for second in the N.L., and he is just three away from leader Corey Hart (17). He is in the top ten in RBIs, just seven away from leader David Wright (52), and his impressive .307 average is good for ninth in the league (Andre Eithier leads with a remarkable .346).

Rolen, 35, began the 2009 season with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he hit .320 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs over 88 games. He was dealt by the Jays at the July 31 deadline, along with cash considerations to the Cincinnati Reds for Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Roenicke, and Zach Stewart. The 1997 NL Rookie of the Year finished the season with the Reds, and hit .270 with three home runs and 24 RBIs over 40 games.

A career .284 hitter with 297 career home runs, Rolen has always been impressive at the plate, but it has always been his defense which has made him standout. A 7-time National League Gold Glove Award winner at 3B, Rolen is third behind Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson (16) and Mike Schmidt (10) for most Gold Gloves by a 3B.

Originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 1993 draft, Rolen began his Reading Phillies career in 1995, playing in 20 games, and hitting .289 with three homers and 15 RBIs.

A year later, Rolen was back in Baseballtown, and excelled at the dish. He hit .361 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs — earning a promotion to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA), where he continued to rake. He made his Major League debut in the same season for Philadelphia, and just a year later, he was the N.L. Rookie of the Year.

While injuries have played a big part of his career, there’s no denying that Scott Rolen has been one of the game’s greatest third basemen in the history of baseball. Along with his Rookie of the Year and Gold Glove awards, Rolen is also a 5-time All-Star (2010 should be 6), a World Series champion with the Cardinals in 2006, and a Silver Slugger Award winner in 2002. It is great to see that Rolen is healthy and back to form in 2010 — which has indeed been an impressive season for the former R-Phil.  

May Leaders…

The Month of May had its ups and downs for the Reading Phillies.

In 28 games in May, the club posted a 13-15 mark, and had some incredible wins, combined with some heart-breaking losses.

The month saw the emergence of Vance Worley (3-0, 3.35), Yohan Flande (3-2, 3.72), and Drew Naylor (3-2, 3.68), who all enjoyed success on the hill.

Offensively, Domonic Brown got bozied_4_11_10_FULL.jpgoff to an incredible start to the month, and finished with a .296 BA, 8 HR, 21 RBIs, and 7 SB. Tagg Bozied also was a solid contributor in the everyday lineup. Bozied hit .321 with 4 HR, 17 RBIs.

Let’s take a look at the Reading Phillies May Leaderboard:

BATagg Bozied hit .321 in 81 at-bats. Matt Rizzotti hit an impressive .353 in 51 at-bats. He was promoted from Clearwater on May 14.

HR Domonic Brown ripped 8 of his 10 home runs in May. Bozied & Rizzotti each had 4.

RBI Brown led the way with 21. Bozied was second with 17.

2B Bozied had 8, while Brown was second with 7.

3B Brown had 2, both came in one game. The last R-Phils player to have 2 in a game was   Pat Burrell in 1999.

SB Quintin Berry stole 12 in May.  

SLG %Brown had an impressive .622 Slugging Percentage, which led the E.L.

Pitching Leaders

WinsYohan Flande, Drew Naylor, and Vance Worley all had 3 wins.

ERA Naylor’s 2.68 in 40.1 IP was impressive.

SVMichael Schwimer led the way with 3 saves.

SOVance Worley had 29.

SHODrew Naylor had a complete game, three-hit shutout on May 25 against Portland.