Rare 3-hit Win
Baseball can be a strange game. On the way to being no-hit last night, J-Roll gets Phillies first hit, a two-run homer to tie the game in the 6th. We take the lead scoring a run without a hit in the 8th, have the game tied in the last of the 9th against Brad and win it in the 12th on our third hit of the night, Francisco’s home run.
Winning games on three hits doesn’t happen often. Computers can spit out all kinds of statistical notes: it was the sixth time this decade the Phillies have had a 3-hit win–three times in 2003, once in 2007 and twice this year. The other 2009 game: 2-0 over the Mets on July 5.
The unexpected seems to be part of baseball. Sometimes Charlie is asked a question and he answers simply, “That’s baseball.”
Right now the league’s highest scoring team can’t hit with runners on base. Key or clutch hits are AWOL. If Chase, Ryan, Raul, Jayson and Pedro don’t hit the rest of the season, we have a problem.
Meanwhile, the pitching continues to do well and that’s the key, really. Happ didn’t have his best stuff last night in front of some 100 family and friends. He kept the Cubs to two runs and that’s all you can ask for a starter.
Comcast SportsNet, ESPN and MLB.TV will have large audiences tonight as Pedro makes his first start since last September 25 when he was with the Mets. The opponent then? The Cubs in Wrigley.
Minor League News
Domonic Brown, the young outfielder the Phillies refused to part with at the trading deadline, is off to a good start with the AA Reading Phillies. He’s the organization’s player of the week for last week.
Pitching honors go to Joshua Zeid of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a righty who was drafted this summer.
Lakewood BlueClaws won the South Atlantic League Northern Division first-half title. So, they are a lock for the playoffs. Reading, Williamsport and the Gulf Coast League Phillies are in the running for post-season play.
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