June 26, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, a relief pitcher for the Phillies in 1990 and '91, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was 50. Akerfelds had been bullpen coach for San Diego since June 2001. "Ak was an invaluable member of the Padres coaching staff," manager Bud Black said. "He was a loyal Padre to the end. Players and coaches were made better by Ack. He will be sorely missed. " He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010. Last season, Akerfelds attended 148 of the 162, games despite undergoing chemotherapy.
July 26, 1991 |
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitcher Darrel Akerfelds hit a three-run homer to help his own cause as the Red Barons blasted Tidewater, 13-7, in an International League game last night. Akerfelds also pitched seven innings, giving up five runs, to earn the win. His homer capped a five-run third inning for Scranton. Scott Wade slammed a two-run homer in the fourth for the Barons, and Kim Batiste and Darrin Fletcher each had two-run doubles. ALBANY 4, READING 1 READING - Russell Davis boosted Albany to an Eastern League win over Reading with a two-hit, three-RBI night.
July 6, 1991 |
Darrel Akerfelds, demoted from the majors on Wednesday, allowed four hits over five innings to earn a triple-A victory as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 4-3, in an International League game last night. Akerfelds allowed two runs, both earned, walked three, and struck out three. Scranton teammate Dave Hollins had two doubles and three RBIs. Earlier in the night, the teams completed a game that had been suspended in the ninth inning on June 11. Rick Schu scored from second on a two-out, 12th- inning throwing error by second baseman Tom Barrett to give the Barons a 7-6 victory.
July 4, 1991 |
"I apologize, guys," said Darrel Akerfelds. The guys said No problem, and left the pitcher alone. Akerfelds continued to pack his bags. Understandably, he was in no mood to talk. He learned late yesterday that the Phils were putting him aboard the popular Scranton Shuttle - demoting him to the minors after a season and a half with the big club. Manager Jim Fregosi put it bluntly: His righthanded long reliever wasn't doing the job. "He has struggled with his control. He has fallen behind the hitters, and he hasn't been effective.
April 15, 1991 |
Darrel Akerfelds had his right little finger dislocated by a sharp one- hopper back to the mound by Cardinals centerfielder Rex Hudler in the sixth inning yesterday. By then, he already was the third Phillies pitcher of the day, following Tommy Greene, who was pressed into 3 2/3 innings of early duty when starter Dave LaPoint couldn't get out of the second. Joe Boever already has pitched in five of the Phillies' six games this season, going two full innings yesterday afternoon.
April 8, 1991 |
A bad joke made the rounds in the waning days of the exhibition season. Question: What's the difference between Saddam Hussein and the Phillies' pitching staff? Answer: Saddam stays in the game even after he's bombed. OK, it'll never make a Jay Leno monologue, but it's indicative of the black humor that seemed to permeate most conversations about the players who will stand on the mound beginning today. It is largely a group of inexperienced, strong-armed youngsters. Depending on how they perform, the Phils could finish anywhere from second to sixth.
March 28, 1991 |
Darrel Akerfelds never made it to spring training with the Seattle Mariners, the team that drafted him in the first round in June 1983. He was traded to Oakland at the winter meetings the following December. He hasn't missed too many points on the spring training compass since then, though. He trained in Arizona with the Athletics and then the Indians. He trained in Port Charlotte, Fla., with the Rangers. That's where he was late last spring when he got the word it was time to pack up and move again, this time to join the Phillies in Clearwater.
August 12, 1990 |
He is just 23, but no longer the rawboned kid from the plains of Texas. Jason Grimsley has started only five games in the major leagues, but is no longer a prospect. For him, the future is now. If only it could have been a couple of innings longer. In his first big-league start this year and only his fifth ever, Grimsley pitched well enough to win last night. But he tired in the eighth inning, and his relief, Dennis Cook and Joe Boever, couldn't hold a 4-0 lead. As a result, the Phillies wound up losing a 12-inning, 5-4 heartbreaker to the Expos before 23,708 at Olympic Stadium.
August 10, 1990 |
In the middle of the fifth last night, the Phils had a two-run lead over the Mets. Pat Combs was pitching well. Dwight Gooden, pitching before a huge Shea Stadium crowd, was not. His control was erratic. He had hit two batters. After Gooden stepped into the batter's box to lead off the bottom of the fifth, Combs hit him with his first pitch. Then Gooden hit Combs with his fist. Then a 20-minute brawl broke out. The game, which the Mets won, 5-4, was never the same. Gone was the Phillies' battery of lefthander Combs and catcher Darren Daulton, ejected from the game.
August 3, 1990 |
The Phillies are seeking a power hitter. Last night, in their 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at the Vet, they demonstrated why. Despite five first- inning hits, four of them with no outs, the Phils managed just two runs. But that, Phillies manager Nick Leyva said, could happen even if the Phils had Dale Murphy, Jack Clark or Rob Deer. "The bottom line is that we have guys who can hit doubles," Leyva said. They just didn't get any last night. Correction: They did get one, from an unlikely source.