KK Comes Through
The Phillies got yet another outstanding effort from a starting pitcher. This time, KK threw eight shutout innings and fanned a career-high seven in Coors Field, best known as a hitter’s park.
With Roy-O ready to come off the DL, KK will most likely return to the bullpen. He’s done a solid job this season bouncing between the pen and starting, not an easy job by any means.
Ryan belted two more homers, his 27th multi-homer game since 2006. Only Albert Pujols has more (29).
Win was the Phillies 70th, the first team in the majors to get there. In Phillies history dating back to 1900, the Phillies have done that only one other time, 1976, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Phillies have won six straight series on the road . . . Doc goes for his league-leading 14th win and a sweep this afternoon . . . Phillies re 31-29 at Coors, winning 14 of their last 20 there . . . During this 20-game stretch in 20 days, Phillies re 9-3 . . . Team flies to SF after today’s game for four with the Giants. Saturday’s game is on FOX.
Down On The Farm
Dominic Brown homered in Lehigh Valley’s 3-2 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. SS Freddy Galvis and 3B Carlos Rivero made their AAA debuts after moving up from Reading . . . INF Steve Singleton, just promoted from Lakewood, made a dramatic debut, a pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning that lifted Reading to an 8-4 win over Harrisburg. Reading trails first-place New Hampshire by 2 games . . . RHP David Buchanan, in his first start after being promoted from Lakewood, was an easy winner as Clearwater defeated Tampa, 10-3 . . . LHP Austin Wright, 8th rounder this summer out of Ole Miss, picked up the win as Lakewood bested Delmarva, 6-2. It was his first start after promotion from Williamsport. RHR Colby Shreve worked 2 scoreless innings. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in last 19 innings, including none in July . . . OF Aaron Altherr had 3 hits, including a homer, in Williamsport’s 7-2 win at Brooklyn . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies hit three home runs in the third inning in winning, 6-5, over the Pirates.
What changes would you like to see in Major League Baseball is a question posed to Phillies Alumni. From time to time, will be posting their responses.
Jack Baldschun, (RHP, 1961-65)
“A couple of things bug me in baseball today. When a pitcher is doing well in the late innings, leave him in until he falters. This business of the pitch count is a bunch of bull. Way too many times the new relief pitcher doesn’t get the job done, but you can’t go back. Someone sometimes has to suck it up and go nine. I would vote for the no DH. In the good ole’ days, the manager had to manage. Remember Gene Mauch making about eight changes in one inning? The poor scorekeeper went nuts. Now there is very little weakness in the lineup.