Rookies Come Through
There’s little doubt that the starting trio of Doc, Cliff and Cole have played a major role in the team’s success. After all, they have combined for 28 of the team’s 51 wins.
But, a trio of rookie pitchers have come up big, really big—Vance, Michael and Antonio. Wednesday night, this trio beat the Red Sox, 2-1, giving the Phillies their first series win against Boston since 2003. Red Sox had won eight straight series.
Vance has stepped into the rotation for the injured Blanton/Roy-O, winning three of his four decisions. Since being recalled from Lehigh Valley on June 16, he has allowed just two earned runs in 18 innings. In eight of his nine major league starts, he has given up three earned runs or less.
Michael and Antonio have been lights out in the pen, saving the club as Brad, Jose and Ryan have been on the DL and J. C. was let go.
In two games now, the high-powered Boston offense has scored one run and that came on a double by a pitcher.
Raul has had a strange first half of the season, cold in April, hot in May (club-high 19 RBI) and cold again this month….until last night. In seven previous games, he was batting .045 with one hit. Wednesday night he went 3-for-3 (needing a triple for a cycle) and drove in both runs. The RBI was his first since June 12 and his homer, the first since May 30.
Phillies are 13-1 on Wednesdays . . . Lefties Cole and Jon Lester hook up in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. After the game, the Phillies head for Toronto and three 1:07 p.m. games this weekend . . . Phillies are 15-3 in last 19 home games . . . Win was Charlie’s 595th, putting him in third place behind Harry Wright (636) and Gene Mauch (645) . . . Phillies are 17-9 this month; starting pitchers, 13-7, with a 2.01 ERA.
Rob Brooks, manager of broadcasting, sent the following e-mail to the front office:
“ESPN has opted not to pick up the Phillies on Sunday July 24th (vs. San Diego) and Sunday August 7th (at SF). The game on Sunday 7/24 will be played at 1:35. The game on 8/7 will be played at 4:05 (EDT). Both games will be televised by PHL 17.”
Down On The Farm
SS Brian Bocock hit two homers in a 7-5 Lehigh Valley loss at Buffalo . . . RHS Austin Hyatt (7-5) allowed 1 run in 6 innings as Reading edged Altoona, 2-1 . . . RHS Julio Rodriguez (8-6) allowed a two-out grand slam in the seventh inning and Clearwater lost, 4-2, to Brevard County. Until that inning, he had allowed just two hits; he finished with 11 strikeouts . . . LHR Mario Hollands (6-4) fanned 6 in 4.1 scoreless innings for the 7-2 win for Lakewood at Hagerstown . . . LHS Lino Martinez struck out 6 in 5 innings (1 unearned run) in earning his first win of the season, a 7-3 decision for Williamsport over Auburn . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies beat the Blue Jays, 5-4. LH Jim Birmingham (1-0) fanned 5 of the 6 batters he fanned and picked up the win.
All-Stars: Hyatt and 1B Matt Rizzotti have been selected to the Eastern Division team for the July 13 Eastern League All-Star Game in New Hampshire.