Pitching Dominates Series
Pitching dominated the weekend reunion of the A’s and Phillies.
Each team scored a total of five runs but the Phillies came away with two wins out of the three, winning 1-0 and 3-1. Of the six starting pitchers in the series, only Josh Outman gave up more than two runs (three in six innings on Sunday).
From Elias Sports Bureau: Doc improved his record to 31-13 in 50 career starts for the Phillies with a complete-game victory on Sunday. He became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to win more than 30 of his first 50 starts for the Phillies: Schoolboy Rowe (32-13, 1943-1947), Wiley Piatt (31-18, 1898-1899) and Steve Carlton (31-14, 1972-1973). Only two other active pitchers won more than 30 of their first 50 starts for one particular team. Roy-O did it for the Astros (31-8, 2001-2002) as did Chris Carpenter for the Cardinals (31-9, 2004-2005).
Day off on Monday sets the stage for a big series against the Boston Red Sox that starts Tuesday night with a classic pitching duel, Cliff vs. Josh Beckett.
Thanks to a reader for pointing out interleague play began in 1987 and not 1997 as I had posted on Friday. Sometimes my middle name is Typo!
Managers: Terry Francona (Red Sox), Brad Mills (Astros), Ron Roenicke (Brewers), Davey Johnson (Nationals).
Coaches: Tom Foley (Rays), Mike Maddux (Rangers), John Russell (Orioles), Dwayne Murphy (Blue Jays), Ivan DeJesus (Cubs), Bob Dernier (Cubs), Bill Hatcher (Reds), Jim Wright (Rockies), Davey Lopes (Dodgers), Ken Howell (Dodgers), Dale Sveum (Brewers), Dan Warthen (Mets), Pete Mackanin (Phillies), Juan Samuel (Phillies), Greg Gross (Phillies), Nick Leyva (Pirates), Randy Ready (Padres), Darrell Akerfelds (Padres), Steve Smith (Indians).
Scouting: Todd Frohwirth (Orioles), Tim Corcoran (Angels), Gene Schall (Phillies), Eric Valent (Phillies), Del Unser (Phillies), John Stearns (Mariners).
Down On The Farm
RHR Michael Schwimer (4-0) hurled 2 scoreless innings on Sunday to pick up a Lehigh Valley win which ended a 5-game losing streak. Since June 15, there have been 18 transactions for the IronPigs . . . Reading was swept in a 3-game series in Akron . . . Clearwater also lost 3 in a row . . . Lakewood won all 3 against Delmarva giving the BlueClaws a 3-1 start in the second half . . . Williamsport won all 3 on the heels of losing 5 in a row . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies split 2 games against the Yankees (League does not play on Sundays).