Long Ball Night
Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow stopped by the Phillies radio booth pre-game Monday to ask Larry Andersen for a scouting report on the Phillies. LA responded, “Pitching has been great, both starters and relievers. Hitting is starting to come around but we’re not hitting the long ball.”
Bingo. The Phillies had four long balls in winning the series opener behind rookie Vance Worley’s first major league complete game. Worley’s had one other complete game in his four-year pro career, July 9, 2010, against the Harrisburg Senators while pitching for the Reading Phillies.
Last Phillies rookie with a complete game was J.A. Happ, August 27, 2009, at Pittsburgh.
Chase has reached base in 28 consecutive games (33 hits, 12 walks, 1 hit-by-pitch) . . . Polly will rehab starting Thursday night at Lehigh Valley. He’ll face former Phillie, Brandon Duckworth . . . SS Roman Quinn, Phillies second-round pick out of Port St. Joe High School (FL), was a guest of the Phillies last night. Deadline for signing draft selections is August 15.
Down On The Farm
Jesse Barfield’s RBI single capped a 2-run 10th inning that gave first-place Lehigh Valley an 8-7 win over the second-place Pawtucket Red Sox. Victory was fourth straight for first-place Lehigh Valley and increased lead to 3 games . . . Reading was blanked by Altoona, 5-0 . . . Clearwater won its sixth in a row, 10-2, over Bradenton as RHS Julio Rodriguez (13-6) picked up his fifth straight win to lead all minor league pitchers. 3B Travis Mattair hit 2 of Clearwater’s 5 home runs . . . 3B Geancarlo Mendez’ walk off single gave Lakewood a 5-4 win over Augusta. Win was Lakewood’s third in a row . . . Williamsport, riding a 3-game winning streak, was not scheduled . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies were held to 3 hits in losing, 2-0, to the Tigers.