Heat Ends Streak
Mother Nature did what grown men couldn’t. Doc’s streak of 63 consecutive road games of at lest six innings ended on Monday night when the heat caused him to leave after four innings in a loss in Chicago.
So, Hall of Famer Walter Johnson’s road streak of 82 straight games of at least six innings is safe. He started that streak 100 years ago.
Unfortunately, the heat produced cold bats for the Phillies, three singles, a double and J-Roll’s homer. They’re 2-2 on this trip.
Wrigley and Doc don’t seem to mesh. He’s now 0-3 in three starts there, including an 11-6 decision in his first post-All-Star Game start a year ago. As is the case now, the Phillies began the second half on the road in 2010, going 1-6 in Chicago and St. Louis.
Larry Bowa will be signing autographs and greeting fans at the Reading Phillies game on Thursday night . . . The next night is 1980s Retro Night at Citizens Bank Park. Al Holland, the 1983 NL Fireman of the Year Award winner, will throw out the first ball that night and sign autographs pre-game the next day . . . Tickets are on sale now for the August 12 Phillies Alumni Luncheon for seniors in the Diamond Club. Guests include John Kruk, Mitch Williams and no-hit pitchers Jim Bunning, Rick Wise and Tommy Greene and second baseman Tony Taylor. To register just call 215 463-1000.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley was held to 5 hits in losing, 4-1, to Pawtucket’s Brandon Duckworth . . . RHS Austin Hyatt (8-5) struck out a season-high 10 in Reading’s 3-2 win in New Hampshire. Phillies pulled to within 3.5 games of first place with their third straight win . . . RHS Jarred Cosart (7-8) had a nightmarish first inning, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in Clearwater’s 19-7 drubbing at Port St. Lucie. OF Brian Gump pitched a scoreless eighth for the Threshers . . . Lakewood dropped a 7-3 decision at Kannapolis . . . Williamsport had just 4 singles in losing, 5-1, at State College . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies edged the Yankees, 3-2, as LHP Luis Gonzalez (1-2) won with 3 scoreless relief innings.