He bent but didn’t break. Doc turned in another masterful, gutty pitching performance last night in DC.
He beat the Expos/Nationals for the eighth straight time while Lannan fell to 0-8 against the Phillies. Through eight innings, Doc blanked Washington on two singles. The pesky Nats put together four hits in their last at-bat and had the tying and winning runs on base. He then went to work and closed the door. Doc’s last six pitches were all strikes as he recorded two more strikeouts.
Since he put on a Phillies uniform, Doc is 15-1 against NL East clubs, including 11 straight wins. Counting his days with the Blue Jays, 24-5 vs. the same division. That’s dominating.
Win sets up a series clincher tonight after which the Phillies take an AMTRAK train home. Florida and then Milwaukee come to town for three games each, starting Friday night. Monday night’s series opener vs. the Brewers will be on ESPN.
Phillies haven’t lost back-to-back games since Sept. 25-26 vs. the Mets, 35 consecutive games.
J-Roll got his 1,108th single, matching Sherry Magee for eighth place on the Phillies all-time list . . . Phillies record for most singles in a season, 181 set by Lefty O’Doul in 1929 and matched by Richie Ashburn in 1951. Since then, the most singles have come from Dave Cash, 162, in 1976 . . . Pete Rose turns 70 today.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley was rained out for the second straight day . . . 1B Matt Rizzotti drove in two runs as Reading won, 4-1, at New Hampshire; he’s hit in all six games, .462. RHP Austin Hyatt (2-0) was the winner . . . 1B-DH Joe Savery (.640) and RF Leandro Castro (.462) continued their hot hitting as Clearwater was a 2-1 winner in Daytona. RHP Justin Friend recorded his third save. RHP Brody Colvin is on the DL (lower back) . . . Anemic bats continued for Lakewood in a 9-2 loss to Greensboro. BlueClaws are hitting a league-low .136, scoring just 11 runs over five games, also at the bottom of the SAL.