Several Phillies pitchers had fleeting glimpse of Majors

Several Phillies pitchers had fleeting glimpse of Majors

If you're wondering where the phrase "cup of coffee" originated, Google came to the rescue: "A 'cup of coffee' is a North American sports idiom for a short time spent by a Minor League player at the Major League level."

Earlier this offseason, a story was posted featuring hitters who had a cup of coffee with the Phillies. There are 16. Now we come to pitchers who had a brief -- very brief -- big league career wearing a Philadelphia uniform and no other uniform. There are 14, including two this decade.

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Less than one inning
Five Phillies pitchers never got one full inning in their Major League career. Two were starters.

Right-hander Tom Barry started the second game of the 1904 season vs. Boston and lost, 6-0, on April 15. His pitching line: two-thirds of an inning, six hits, five runs (three earned), one walk, one strikeout, 40.50 ERA. Philadelphia lost 99 more times that season.

Righty Art Gardner relieved starter Whitney Glazer with two outs in the first inning in Pittsburgh on Sept. 25, 1923. He faced two batters, allowed a hit and a walk and was replaced by Jim Bishop. At least his ERA was 0.00.

Left-hander Marty Walker, like Barry, started and lost. It happened on Sept. 30, 1928, in Brooklyn, the last game of the season. Walker faced five batters, allowed two hits, three walks and four runs (two earned). He had the dubious distinction of being the losing pitcher in the 109th defeat (43 wins).

Righty Anderson Garcia's lone appearance came on July 7, 2007, in the seventh inning in Denver. He faced four batters, resulting in a flyout to deep center, a single to left, a flyout to deep left and a single to right. He was replaced by J.C. Romero, who allowed a run-scoring single. Thus, Garcia's career ERA rests at 13.50 over 12 pitches.

Righty Tyson Brummett was the last Phillies pitcher on the mound during the 2012 season. He relieved Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth with the Nationals winning, 5-1, at home on Oct. 3. Brummett gave up consecutive singles and then struck out two. In his big league career, he faced four batters, threw 11 pitches and posted a 0.00 ERA. The attendance was 37,075. Of all 30 Phils with a cup of coffee, Brummett had the most fans on hand for his one game.

One inning
Nine Phillies pitched one inning in the Majors.

Jacob Fox, a native of Scranton, Pa., relieved in a 12-6 win over St. Louis on Sept. 4, 1902. In his one inning, Fox allowed two hits, three runs (two earned), walked one and struck out one. His ERA against six batters is 18.00.

Lefty Ray Hartranft, born in Quakertown, Pa., had his one inning of fame on June 16, 1913, at the Cubs in a 13-3 loss. He faced seven batters, allowing three hits, one run, one walk and striking out one for a 9.00 career ERA.

Righty Waldo "Rusty" Yarnall was charged with the loss in an 11-9 decision at the Brooklyn Robins on June 30, 1916. Facing eight batters, he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk and owns an 18.00 ERA. Born in Chicago, Yarnall graduated from Swarthmore (Pa.) High School.

Lefty Charlie Butler's claim to fame came on May 1, 1933, a 10-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Baker Bowl. He owns a 9.00 ERA, giving up one hit, one run, two walks against six batters.

Righty Bill Webb relieved in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 15, 1943, at Shibe Park in a 6-3 loss. He gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, winning pitcher Mort Cooper. Webb was left with a 9.00 ERA.

Righty Al Verdel is one of two Phils to pitch one scoreless inning. It happened on April 20, 1944, the third game of the season, an 8-2 loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers at Shibe Park. Pitching the ninth, Verdel got a popup to second, a flyout to left and a groundout to third. Born in Punxsutawney, Pa., Verdel graduated from Rider University.

Righty Dave Bennett appeared as an 18-year-old on June 12, 1964, in an 11-3 loss to the New York Mets at Connie Mack Stadium. He allowed one run on two hits, striking out one. The losing pitcher that night was Bennett's older brother, Dennis.

Righty Dick Thoenen relieved in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium on Sept. 16, 1967. He gave up a double and an RBI single before retiring the next three batters, giving him a 9.00 career ERA.

Righty Erskine Thomason is the other pitcher with one career scoreless inning. Pitching in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at the Vet on Sept. 18, 1974, Thomason retired all three batters, including a strikeout of the first hitter he faced, Steve Swisher. The Cubs won, 5-2, and many of the 8,113 fans there that night had left before Thomason walked in from the right-field bullpen.