Plenty of “Firsts”
For just the third game after the All-Star Game break, there sure were a lot of firsts on Sunday:
**Cole’s first win ever in Coors Field and first since June 19.
**Phillies first two-game winning streak since June 13-14.
**First series win since June 19-21 at Citizens Bank Park against, well, the Rockies.
**First homer this month for Hunter. He ended June by homering in the last three games.
**First win on a Sunday since May 13, ending eight straight losses.
**Chooch got yet another hit in the first inning, giving him 31 hits in 66 at-bats, .470. That’s the best in the majors for any player for the first two innings, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
**On Saturday, Shane got his first extra base hit since June 13. Now, his last three hits are double, triple, triple.
Delta charter flight after Sunday’s game took the Phillies to LA for three games that starts Monday night. Phillies will face Nate Eovaldi for the first time Monday. Their Denver loss came Friday night, the first time they faced Christian Friedrich.
Doc returns to the rotation on Tuesday night. Phillies haven’t won three in a row since he got hurt on May 27.
Down On The Farm (weekend edition)
**Lehigh Valley dropped 2 of 3 but held on to the North Division lead, 1 game over SWB. 1B Cody Overbeck hit a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, a 6-5 loss. LHS Pat Misch (7-10) allowed 1 run on 2 hits in winning on Friday night.
**Reading also dropped 2 of 3 to fall into third place in the Eastern Division. RHS Jonathan Pettibone (7-7) lost, 3-1, on Sunday, allowing 2 hits, both solo home runs, over 6 innings.
**Clearwater won 2 of 3 and trail first-place Tampa by .008 in the second half. 1B Lance Nix had a two-run, game-winning single on Friday night. DH Jim Murphy won Saturday’s game with a walk-off SF and had 3 doubles on Sunday. His 59 RBI lead the organization.
**Lakewood won all 3, stretching winning streak to 5 in a row. BlueClaws are .5 out of first place in the Northern Division, second half. 1B Chris Duffy was 9-13, 2 doubles, grand slam, 7 RBI.
**Williamsport won, 8-3, on Sunday to end a 5-game losing streak, that included defeats on Friday and Saturday nights. RF Larry Greene hit his first pro homer on Sunday and drove in 4 runs.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, Friday and Saturday after winning the first four games of the week. OF Domonic Brown began rehabbing there on Wednesday. In five games, 11-19, .579, with 7 doubles.
**Venezuela Summer League: 19-year-old LH Douglas Parada threw a no-hitter on Saturday, 5-0, over the Rays. One batter reached base on an error-third baseman. He struck out 14. For the season, 7-0, 0.69 ERA.
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