Every win is vital, but perhaps none as important as Monday night. Trailing, 6-3, the Phillies scored four times to get the monkey off their back. Two walk-off wins in a row has to get the juices going.
Going into the game they were 0-42 when trailing after eight innings. The rally was reminiscent of the Phillies of the past years when they came from behind to pile up wins. They still have a huge mountain to climb.
Chase and Ryan went deep and that’s another good sign. Now, we got to get Cliff rolling.
Joe Savery was the winner and he got a monkey off his back. Of his 18 appearances in the majors this season, last night was the first time he pitched in a win.
With the trade deadline next week, a flock of scouts were at the game. Twenty have asked for tickets for tonight. Sitting next to each other in the scout section Monday night were Pat Burrell (Giants) and Jim Fregosi (Braves).
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley lost its fourth in a row, 14-9, to Columbus. SS Andres Blanco hit his seventh home run, a grand slam.
Reading dropped a 7-1 decision to Altoona. 1B Darin Ruf, 17th homer, 62nd RBI.
Clearwater edged Dunedin, 2-1. LHS Austin Wright (9-4), 1 run, 7 innings. 1B Jim Murphy, 12th homer, 62nd RBI.
Lakewood lost, 5-4, in 10 innings at Hagerstown to fall out of first place. RF Aaron Altherr, 7th homer; 3B Maikel Franco, 10th home run.
Williamsport bowed to Mahoning Valley, 3-1.
Gulf Coast League Phillies were rained out at Lakeland (Tigers).
July 24,1995: Phillies drop an 11-3 decision to the Colorado Rockies, despite RHP Omar Olivares’ pinch-home run, first by a Phillies pitcher since Schoolboy Rowe in 1943.
July 24, 1998: Phillies sweep a doubleheader against Florida, winning both games in the 12th inning (6-4 and 7-6). Mark Parent catches all 24 innings.
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