Cole Shines Again
Back home and back to the kind of baseball expected from the Phillies, solid starting pitching, crisp defense, a couple of long balls and J-Roll scoring multiple runs.
Cole started out a little out of whack, allowing five of the first nine Rockies to reach base, including walking the enemy pitcher in the second inning. After that, he settled in, retired 13 in a row and allowed only four more base runners. At the start of the season, he was slotted in as the #3 starter. He’s stepped up and is the ace.
It is the sixth straight season in which Cole has reached double figures in wins. Club record is 13 by Steve Carlton.
The offense overcame a 1-0, first-inning deficit, took a 4-1 lead and then added on in the seventh. Mayberry is warming up with the long ball (homers in three straight games) and Chooch had another pair of extra base hits. If he’s not in Kansas City for the All-Star Game, there’s something wrong, drastically wrong.
The win ended a six-game losing streak at Citizens Bank Park. Park record is a seven-game spin in August of 2004.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost, 5-3, at Toledo. SS Andres Blanco, 2-4, after 4-5 game on Monday.
**Reading lost, 6-1, at New Hampshire. Lone run came on 12th homer by 1B Darin Ruf.
**Clearwater lost, 8-2, to Dunedin. DH Chase, 1-3, plus a walk. 3B Cody Asche, 2-4, boosting average to .348.
**SAL All-Star Game, North won, 3-2; Lakewood’s Colin Kleven was the winner, 1 inning, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 strikeout.
**Williamsport lost, 5-2, at State College. SS Roman Quinn, 2-5, stolen base; RF Larry Greene, 3rd inning RBI double was first hit as a pro.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-5, at Tigers. RF Dylan Cozens, 2nd round selection, 2-4, 2-run homer in the 3rd for his first pro hit and an RBI single in the 7th.
June 20, 1883: Boston wins, 29-4, the most runs scored against the Phillies. It happens again, June 15, 1887, this time a 29-1 loss to New York.
June 20, 1900: Brooklyn scores seven runs in the 11th inning for a 20-13 lead. When the Phillies stalled in the bottom of the 11th, hoping that the game would be called by darkness, umpire Hank O’Day forfeited the game to Brooklyn.
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