Pitching and defense. That’s the Phillies mantra without Chase and Ryan, their 3-4 hole hitters. They got the pitching last night, a brilliant effort by Cliff but defense opened the door for SF’s 1-0, 10-inning win.
The Phillies entered the game with the second best batting average in the NL but only two teams had scored fewer runs. That trend continued. Defensively, the Phillies had just four errors going into the game but they added two, including one that led to the lone run.
Cliff threw 102 pitches in 10 innings of work. An amazing number. What is more amazing, 80 were strikes. Stop and think about that. Only 22 pitches weren’t in the strike zone.
Cain, on the other hand, threw 91 pitches in his nine innings. At home this year, he’s allowed three hits and no runs in 18 innings. The 0-0 game after nine was played in 1 hour, 50 minutes.
Last Phillies pitcher to work 10 innings was Terry Mulholland in 1993. The Phillies club record for most innings in a game? Well, the record won’t ever, I mean ever, be broken: 20. It has been done three times: Tully Sparks, 1905 (2-1 loss at Chicago), Mule Watson, 1912 (2-1 loss to Cubs at Baker Bowl) and Joe Oeschger, 1919 (9-9 tie vs. Dodgers at Baker Bowl). Guess they didn’t have pitch counts back then.
Loss dropped Phillies into last place in the East for the first time since April 20, 2007. Remember, they went on to the playoffs that year. Last night’s game was #12. That means 150 games remain.
SS John O’Neill who turns 92 today. He had one year in the big leagues and that was with the 1946 Phillies, hitting .266 in 46 games. He was 25 years old and wore #27. His fondest memory of his brief career, “being called up to the majors.” John resides in an assisted living apartment in Lakewood, NY.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley dropped a 4-1 decision for the second straight day at Buffalo. IronPigs were held to four singles. LHR Jacob Diekman struck out the side in the 8th inning.
*Reading’s three-game winning streak ended, 2-1, in Richmond. RHS David Buchanan (1-1) was the loser.
**Clearwater was idle.
**Lakewood lost its second in a row, 9-1, to Greensboro. LF Brian Painter, 2-4 and sixth stolen base.
April 19, 1900—Phillies win in Boston, 19-17, in 10 innings, the highest scoring opener in NL history. Boston scored nine in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Wonder what the pitch count was in that game.
112 years later, will we duplicate 19 runs tonight in Petco Park?