The streaks are over.
The Phillies' three-game winning streak was snapped yesterday in a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park, but not before a streaker, clutching only his pants, ran onto the field before the top of the seventh inning.
Security and police officers tackled the man on the outfield grass near second base. The Philadelphia police took him to the South Detective Division for booking. Police did not release the man's name last night but said he is a 21-year-old from New Jersey.
"I just couldn't believe it," leftfielder Pat Burrell said. "That's a pretty confident move."
"Actually, I got real blushed and I wasn't trying to look," manager Charlie Manuel said kiddingly.
The man, who from a distance appeared to have a beard and mustache but otherwise had a vague resemblance to Will Ferrell in the movie Old School, is expected to be charged with criminal trespass, indecent exposure and other offenses. He faces up to a year in prison or a $2,500 fine if convicted.
The man apparently jumped over the left-field wall and ran onto the field. The crowd roared as he made his way to the infield.
"That guy has some issues," rightfielder Shane Victorino said. "I don't know what I'd do if he had come at me. I'd outrun him."
This was the second nude romp at Citizens Bank Park.
Andrew Getzey of Royersford streaked at the Bank - wearing nothing more than a Ronald Reagan mask - on June 14, 2004, during a lengthy rain delay on the night Jim Thome hit his 400th career home run. Getzey was charged with a half-dozen misdemeanors: corruption of minors, indecent exposure, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, open lewdness and inciting a riot. He was placed on probation for 24 months.
The Phillies have had two lefthanders in their bullpen this season:
. In a combined 61/3 innings, they have allowed 10 runs, eight hits and 15 walks. They have struck out three. Their combined ERA is 14.21.
Former Phillies lefthander Rheal Cormier recently signed a minor-league contract with the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies were not interested.
The rotation's streak of 11 straight starts with at least six innings pitched was snapped yesterday when
pitched 52/3 innings. . . . Victorino's stolen base in the eighth inning was his 13th straight without being caught.
- Todd Zolecki