The puzzle continues when Cole takes the mound. He pitches well, the offense sputters and in the end he is winless since July 3. In seven starts since then, he’s 0-3 with a 3.60 ERA. Baseball is a game that can be frustrating but consistent outings from Cole will pay off in the long run.
Chase unloaded his 30th homer. He is one of seven Phillies to have 30 doubles and 30 homers two or more times in a season: Chuck Klein (four times), Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski (three times each); Del Ennis and Bobby Abreu (twice each).
Minor League Notes
Clearwater CF Quintin Berry doubled in three at-bats last night against Lakeland to stretch his hitting streak to 29 in a row and 43 of his last 44 games . . . Five players from the Williamsport Crosscutters have been selected for the August 19 New York-Penn League All-Star Game in Troy, NY: C Travis D’Arnaud, RHP Robert Roth, RHP Brian Rosenberg, SS Troy Hanzawa and OF Steve Susdorf.
(Throughout this week, I’ll present an inside peek into last weekend’s Alumni events).
Gene Garber was a multi-innings reliever in the mid 1970s. Like many Alumni, he is puzzled by the way the game is played today. “One inning pitchers?” he asked.
“Tell Charlie (Manuel), I can’t go tonight. I threw 12 pitches last night,” he said, setting off laughter from Bobby Wine, Tommy Greene and Mark Leiter.
Senator Jim Bunning is a big baseball fan, watches a lot of games on TV and is an avid ESPN Baseball Tonight fan. Asked if he follows a game from a fan’s perspective or a player’s perspective.
“From a fan’s perspective. I do pay attention to pitchers, naturally. The other day, I saw a pitcher walk a batter on a full-count in a scoreless game. Ball four was his third best pitch. I don’t understand that,” he said shaking his head. “If you are going to get beat, get beat with your best pitch.”