John Mayberry Jr. had his finest at-bat of his brief big league career in the ninth inning Monday night in Denver. With the Phillies trailing, 3-1, and Chooch on second base, he fell behind in the count to a tough right-handed closer, 1-2, before working it to a full count.
John Jr. then delivered a dramatic game-tying home run and Shane sealed it in the top of the 10th with a solo home run and the Phillies improved to 30 games above .500 with their 29th come-from-behind victory.
Cole was outstanding once again. He’s given up two or fewer runs in 12 of his last 13 starts. Scott Franzke mentioned on the radio broadcast that Cole has the lowest ERA in the NL, dating from 8/1/10-through 7/31/11.
Down On The Farm
Roy-O threw 90 pitches in his second rehab start for Lehigh Valley, a 4-2 winner over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the first game. SWB won the second, 4-1 . . . Reading was idle . . . Clearwater dropped a 7-3 decision to Palm Beach . . . LHS Jesse Biddle (5-7) lost his first game since June 9, a 4-0 win for Delmarva over Lakewood . . . Williamsport dropped a 6-1 decision to Hudson Valley; RHS Colin Kleven took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before giving up 6 runs . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies bowed, 8-1, to the Pirates.
A limited number of tickets remain for the August 11 Alumni Luncheon for seniors. Fans will be able to ask questions of Jim Bunning, Tony Taylor, Rick Wise, Tommy Greene, John Kruk and Mitch Williams. A tour of Citizens Bank Park, silent auction, trivia prizes and lunch are part of the event. Tickets may be ordered by calling 215 463 1000.