Cole Tonight

Kyle couldn’t command and the offense couldn’t provide much offense so we fell to 1-5 in Southern California last night.  Kendrick just couldn’t throw strikes and it cost him (85 pitches, 45 were balls).

Six hits (five singles, one double) was the Phillies offense, five of those hits coming in the first five innings.  13 punch outs against five San Diego pitchers were part of the problem.  We know one thing, we can’t hit in the Pacific Time Zone: .190 average in six games on this trip.

Hitters and pitchers will have slumps.  Kyle’s in one now.  Generally, a hitter or two will be slumping.  Lately, it has spread to more than one batter. 

Cole goes tonight (8:05 EDT) for ESPN.  The entire country will be watching, well, maybe not the entire country with the Olympics on TV.  Anyway, Phillies fans around the country will get to see the game.  Same for next Sunday against the Dodgers at home.  Originally, both games were scheduled as day games but ESPN has the right to change games and they did.

Minor League Notes
Fans are flocking to Citizens Bank Park in record numbers.  Same is happening in Phillies’ minor league ballparks.  Sellouts were in order last night at Lehigh Valley (10,000), Reading (7,018), Lakewood (8,547) and Williamsport (2,000).

LHP Joe Savery (8-9) improved to 3-0, 1.00 ERA this month with a Clearwater win last night at Tampa . . . In Dunedin, RHP Kyle Drabek, making his fourth start after returning from Tommy John surgery, saw his nine scoreless-inning streak end in the first inning against the Blue Jays . . . LHP J. A. Happ gave up four hits in five innings, but two of the four were two-run homers against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  He wasn’t involved in the extra-inning loss.

This Date
In Phillies history……..

1894 OF Sam Thompson is the second Phillies player to hit for a cycle this season (three singles, a double, triple, home run in seven at-bats) as the Phils crush Louisville, 29-4, getting 26 singles.
1957  In one of the strangest baseball incidents, Richie Ashburn hits the same spectator with two foul balls in the same at-bat. The first one broke Alice Roth’s nose, and the second hit her while she was being removed from the stands in a stretcher.
1972 LHP Steve Carlton wins his 15th consecutive game, 9-4, over the Reds at Veterans Stadium.

 

1 Comment

I would not call what the Phils hitters are in a slump. They are a flawed, poorly constructed team that does not play fundamentally smart baseball. They have no speed after the number 2 hitter, strike out way too much, cannot manufacture runs, get no production from the bottom of the order or bench (except for Dobbs) and have no leadership among the everyday players.

Other than that, they’re in great shape.

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