Cole turned in another brilliant pitching performance as the Phillies took the rubber game of the three-game series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night despite a .178 team batting average for the series.
He tossed eight scoreless innings, struck out nine and really rose to the occasion in the seventh. Clinging to a 1-0 lead, he got out of a first and third and no out jam: pop up, strikeout, pop up.
Once again the offense produced just five hits, this time a double, two triples, a home run and a single. Hitting for the cycle, I suppose. Ryan gave Cole all the runs he needed with a solo homer in the sixth, the Phillies first this month. It was the 16th time this season that Ryan drove in a run that gave his team the lead, the most in the majors, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Then, the other Ryan took over with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Larry Bowa, Dan Plesac and Mitch Williams are on the MLB Network . . . John Kruk continues his career on ESPN TV . . . Doug Glanville is a writer for ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine and an occasional guest on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight TV show . . . Jamie Moyer and Curt Schilling are also occasional guests on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight Show . . . Other Phillies on the air include Larry Andersen and Gary Matthews (Phillies), Tim McCarver (FOX), Mike Krukow (Giants), Tommy Hutton (Marlins), Cookie Rojas (Marlins Spanish), Bob Walk (Pirates), Bob Uecker (Brewers), Keith Moreland (Cubs), Jeff Brantley (Reds), Jim Deshaies (Astros), Ed Farmer (White Sox), Ron Gant (Braves TV), Bob Scanlon (Padres pre and post-game), Ricky Bottalico and Chris Coste (Philadelphia Comcast SportsNet TV pre- and post-game), Darren Daulton (Philly radio station, 97.5 The Fanatic, during the season).
Down On The Farm
RHS Vance Worley (4-2) worked 7 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits as Lehigh Valley blanked Durham, 6-0 . . . RHS Austin Hyatt fanned 10 in 7 innings but Trenton rallied late for a 7-6 win over Reading . . . Clearwater and Lakewood were not scheduled.
Players of the Week (May 30-June 5)
Pitcher: RHS Trevor May, Clearwater. 1-0 for 1 start, 8 innings, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, season-high 12 strikeouts. Victory was his 4th straight, improving his season record to 4-2, 3.54. Leads all Phillies minor league hurlers with 80 strikeouts (61.2 innings). The 21-year-old was selected in the 4th round of the 2008 draft out of Kelso High School (WA) and signed by Dave Ryles.
Player: 1B Jeff Larish, Lehigh Valley. Hit .478 in 6 games, 11 hits including 3 doubles, 1 triple and 4 homers. Drove in 12. Triple, 2 homers and 7 RBI came in 12-2 romp on Monday at Gwinnett. For the season, he’s hitting .265 in 48 games, 12 homers and 31 RBI. The 28-year-old was signed as a minor league free agent on 11/22/10.
Five Lakewood players have been selected to the North All-Star team for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, June 21, in Salisbury, MD: RHS David Buchanan, RHS Garett Claypool, RHR Lisalverto Bonilla, 1B Jim Murphy and DH Anthony Hewitt.