Breaks Go Against Phils

Granted, for the last month or so, the Phillies haven’t played well and the losses have been piling up.  Last night, things just didn’t go their way in the fateful ninth.

The offense battled and clawed against the league’s hottest pitcher and carried a 5-4 lead into the last of the ninth.  Time for Papelbon.  He turned out to be human and the Phillies are now 35-1 when leading after eight.

A leadoff double, followed by a sacrifice, a strikeout, hit batter, walk (didn’t get the call on a 2-2 pitch for a game-ending strikeout),  a base hit that ricocheted off Papelbon and rolled too far for him to make a play (game tied) and a bloop game-winning hit.  Another tough defeat.

Three more games and then a four-day All-Star Game break.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley won for the 5th time in the last 6 games, 7-2, over SWB.  3B Tug Hulett, single, grand slam, 5 RBI.  Howard, in final rehab game, 2-3, RBI. LHS Pat Misch (6-10), 2 runs in 7 innings for the win.  Domonic Brown, on DL with right knee injury, headed for rehab in Clearwater.

**Reading lost, 4-2, at Altoona. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 1B Darin Ruf and LF Leandro Castro, 2 hits each.  RHR Trevor May, no decision, 2 runs, 3 hits, 5 innings, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts.

**Clearwater won its 4th in a row, a 4-2 decision at Lakeland.  LHS Jesse Biddle (5-3) got the win, 9th save and second straight for RH Tyler Knigge, who hasn’t allowed a run since May 29.

**Lakewood won for the 3rd time in 4 games this week, 11-4 at West Virginia.  LF Aaron Altherr (12 games) and 3B Maikel Franco (9), extended their hitting streaks.  RHR Gabriel Arias (3-4) fanned 5 in 3 scoreless innings for the win.

**Williamsport ended a 5-game losing streak with a 5-4 win in Brooklyn. SS Roman Quinn, 3-4, 7th and 8th streals. 1B Chris Serritella, 2nd home run, 3 RBI. LF Larry Greene, 3-5, RBI. 3B Mitch Walding, 2-5, RBI, hitting .365.  RH Jordan Guth (1-0) won his first pro game, 1 unearned run, 5 innings.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies won, 8-7, scoring 3 in the bottom of the ninth. INF Jairo Cordozzo,  two-run, walk-off double. RHR Keivy Rojas fanned all seven batters he faced.  Win went to RHR Felix Santos (1-1).

July 6, 1929, 2nd game: St. Louis Cardinals score 10 in the first and fifth innings in handing the Phillies a 28-6 loss at Baker Bowl.  It is the most runs ever scored against the Phillies, who had 17 hits.

July 6, 1980:  LHP Steve Carlton strikes out St. Louis OF Tony Scott in the fourth inning for his 2,833rd strikeout, becoming the all-time leader for left-handers.  Phillies win, 8-3, at St. Louis.

July 7, 1964: A two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by RF Johnny Callison gives the NL a dramatic 7-4 victory in the All-Star Game at Shea Stadium. See photo on

July 7, 1979:  3B Mike Schmidt homers in four consecutive at-bats for the second time in his career.  Schmidt homers in his final at-bat on July 6 and connects in his first three at-bats on this date against San Francisco.  Giants win, 8-6.

July 7, 1993:  Another classic.  Kevin Stocker makes his major league debut in one of the Vet’s longest games.  Los Angeles scored twice in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.  It all ends with CF Lenny Dykstra’s two-run double in the bottom of the 20th inning, a 7-6 win.  It matches the longest game in Vet history, May 4, 1973 vs. Atlanta.

July 8, 1898: RHP Red Donahue, Villanova University product, pitches 5-0 no-hitter against visiting Boston.

July 8, 1924: The Phillies play a 26-inning doubleheader against the Reds in Cincinnati without making an error.  Phils win the opener, 2-1, in 10 and lose the nightcap, 2-1, in 16 innings.  Each team gets complete games from the starting pitchers.

July 8, 1952:  LHP Curt Simmons is the starting pitcher as the Phillies host the All-Star Game, a 3-2 NL win in a game halted after five innings by rain, the only shortened game in ASG history.  See story on

July 8, 1992:  Jeff Grotewold ties a club record with his third consecutive pinch-hit home run during a 4-3 loss at San Francisco.  All three homers come in Candlestick Park over a four-game, three-day series.


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