Another win, another hero.
Ross came off the bench and delivered a game-winning hit in the ninth inning last night sending the Phillies on the road to Milwaukee and the Braves to New York.
His game-winning hit was the third by a Phillies pinch hitter, Mayberry and Francisco the other two. According to Elias Sports Bureau the Phillies had gone five seasons (2006-2010) without a game-winning hit by a pinch hitter. Last time they had three: 1984, Greg Gross, Len Matuszek and Sixto Lezcano.
Roy-O looked more like Roy-O. With three or four more starts, he’ll get primed for the post season.
Chase is the latest injury. The Phillies are being very cautious after he was hit on the back of the helmet by an O’Flaherty pitch. Despite all the injuries, the Phillies keep on marching. This truly is an amazing bunch.
Phillies took a Delta charter flight to Milwaukee where they begin a four-game series tonight. Since Miller Park opened in 2001, Phillies are 15-15 there in the regular season.
The Brewers, managed for Phillies Alumnus Ron Roenicke, are the hottest team in the NL, 40-16 since July 6. (Phillies are second, 36-16, during that time frame). Milwaukee owns the best home record in the majors, 50-19, winning 21 of their last 27. They’ve been in first place for 76 days.
Good news: Brewers are 4-11 on Thursdays.
Not surprisingly, MLB denied the Phillies protest in Florida. Joe Torre made the announcement in a one-sentence press release yesterday.
What is surprising and disappointing is that there was no explanation, at least publically. So fans will never know why.
Both Lehigh Valley and Reading were washed out of their playoff openers.
LV will now have home games tonight and Friday and then head for Pawtucket. Reading will play tonight and Friday night in New Hampshire and then return home for Saturday and Sunday (if necessary). Yesterday, I posted that Reading didn’t begin their best-of-5 round until tonight. Well, wrong again!
Minor League Notes
**Lehigh Valley, Reading, Clearwater and Lakewood led their respective leagues in total attendance and average attendance. Clearwater broke its record set a year ago.
**SS Freddy Galvis, a 21-year-old switch hitter, finished strong, winning the Phillies minor league player of the month for August and the Paul Owens Award. An outstanding defensive shortstop, he’s made significant improvement with the bat this season (combined .278 average in AA/AAA, 28 doubles, 5 triples, 8 home runs).
**RHP Trevor May of the Clearwater Threshers won the Paul Owens Award for pitchers after leading the organization with 208 strikeouts (151.1 innings). The 21-year-old was 10-8, 3.63 ERA for 27 starts. Galvis and May will receive their awards pre-game on September 18.
**LHP Joe Savery won the pitching honors last month and capped an interesting season. After a 1-12 record in AAA a year ago (28 games, 19 starts), he was converted into a first baseman in spring training and won the player of the month award after hitting .450 in April at Clearwater. Promoted to AA on June 17, he hit .200 in 16 games and started relieving 10 days later. Strictly working out of the bullpen, he was promoted to AAA on July 14. Joe finished the season with a 4-0 record, 1.80 ERA in 18 appearances at LV.
MLB has released its blog rankings for August.
**Fan category: congrats to Phillies Phollowers, ranked #6, the highest for any Phillies fan blog.
**MLB Pro: Phillies Insider, #16, moving up from #31 in July. Thanks to all you readers.
**MLB.com Beat Writers: Zo Zone by Todd Zolecki, continues as #1. Another tribute to Phillies readers.