Long Ball Saves Phils
Having not scored more than four runs since April 9, a 3-0 deficit after five innings seemed insurmountable for the Phillies.
Hitless innings were the norm (10.2 before Mayberry’s fifth-inning double) and then the missing long ball returned and the Phillies pulled out a 4-3 win yesterday afternoon to run their day game record this year to 7-0.
The Brewers were on the verge of their first series sweep ever in Philly until Polly and Shane went deep. Polly’s sixth inning three-run homer ended a string of 17 scoreless innings.
Milwaukee had timely hitting, strong pitching and terrific defense in winning the first two games. They had stymied the Phillies 1-through-5 hitters (7-40) in that pair of games. Five of the six hits yesterday game from those five hitters.
One thing about this bunch of Phillies, they just keep grinding and grinding.
Ryan picked up the win, his 37th, sixth on the club’s all-time list for wins by a reliever: Jack Baldschun (39), Jim Konstanty (40), Dick Farrell (47), Tug McGraw (49) and Ron Reed (54).
The Brewers’ first-inning run was the first off Phillies pitchers this season; Phillies first-inning runs: 16 . . . Lee threw 99 pitches in his previous complete game win and 93 in six innings yesterday . . . Sellout streak now at 134 . . . Four-game series in San Diego starts tonight. Padres are last in hitting (.222) and first in ERA (2.97) . . . After southern California, it’s on to Phoenix and three games with the Diamondbacks starting Monday night.
Down On The Farm
SWB blanked Lehigh Valley, 6-0 . . . Reading boarded a bus for a seven-game road trip that starts tonight in Akron and ends in Erie . . . RHP Tyler Cloyd allowed one hit in six scoreless innings but Brevard County got to Clearwater’s bullpen for a 5-4 win . . . Lakewood, which could muster only 11 runs on 24 hits through the first seven games, exploded at Asheville, a 21-hit attack that produced an 18-8 win. The first eight players in the lineup had multiple hits. 1B Stephen Batts had two homers, drove in five. LF Miguel Alvarez, four hits including three doubles.