7th Straight Series Wins
The pattern continues: winning a series. Over the weekend in New York, the Phillies took two games and won their seventh straight series. Last time they lost a series was June 17-19 in Seattle.
Elias Sports Bureau: Vance became the second rookie in the last 40 seasons to start the first game after an All-Star break for a team that had the best record in the majors. Craig McMurtry of the Braves did it at the Expos in 1983.
Cole lost on Saturday. The Mets have his number as they are 10-3 against him, all 10 wins since 2007.
Kyle came up big on Sunday, one run in seven innings. Antonio saved the win and gave up his first hit since June 5. That’s an incredible streak. He fanned the last batter of the game, the only strikeout for Phillies pitchers on Sunday. That’s incredible.
Offensively, the Phillies have scored six runs per game in their last 12 games, second-best in the league this month. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick had a note last week that run production in two leagues is at its lowest level in two decades. So, when the Phillies don’t score, it’s just not them.
J-Roll Continues Climbing
Jimmy had three hits on Sunday, putting him fourth place on the Phillies all-time list (1,814) behind Hall of Famers Ed Delahanty (2,217), Richie Ashburn (2,217) and Mike Schmidt (2,234). That’s pretty heavy company.
Team flew from New York Sunday night for Chicago and a three-game series with the Cubs starting on Monday night . . . Tuesday night’s game will be telecast by the MLB Network . . . Phillies are 270-172 since 2005 following the All-Star Game break; during the last four playoff-run seasons, 182-112, best in the NL . . . Broadcaster Tom McCarthy was inducted into the Trenton Thunder Hall of Fame last Thursday night and had the broadcast booth named after him. He started his baseball broadcasting career there in 1993.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley won 2 of 3 vs. Syracuse and moved 18 games over .500, a franchise record . . . Reading took 2 of 3 in Trenton. Shane stole home in the first inning on Sunday afternoon in his rehab assignment. He’s eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday . . . Clearwater dropped 2 of 3 in Port Charlotte; RHS Julio Rodriguez improved to 11-6 on Saturday . . . Lakewood won 2 of 3; LHS Jesse Biddle tossed 7 shutout innings on Friday night; 8 strikeouts . . . Williamsport won all 3, stretching its winning streak to 5. RHS Colin Kleven tossed 7, 2-hit scoreless innings on Saturday . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair against the Braves. RHS Ramon Oviedo pitched 7 no-hit innings on Saturday afternoon.