Walk-off Fun

For the fourth consecutive game, the Phillies won in their last at-bat, three via the walk-off celebration route.  J-Roll delivered a 12th-inning walk-off hit on Sunday, was 1-12 since before delivering a 10th-inning walk-off single on Wednesday.

As Shane said after the game, “This is fun.”

In sweeping three from the Brewers 7-6, 7-6, 7-6, Phillies relievers gave up two runs, both coming Wednesday.  Against the Brewers pen, the Phillies scored 13.  Milwaukee pitchers walked 17 in the series and eight scored.  In the eighth, ninth and 10th innings, the Phillies scored 12 runs.

From Elias Sports Bureau: It was the first time in franchise history that the Phillies won three straight games, all against the same opponent, and all by an identical final score. Philadelphia has won five games by 7-6 scores this season, all at Citizens Bank Park, after winning only one game by that score all of last season (at Rogers Centre on July 1, 2011).

Charlie, his coaches and the players will take part in the annual Phillies Phestival to strike out ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease on Thursday and then take a Delta charter to Atlanta for a weekend series with the Braves.  Cole will be on the mound on Friday, his first start under his new contract.

Phillies announced the six-year deal with Cole at 12 noon.  The press conference was live on Phanavision so the fans in the park could witness the record-setting contact.  Fans applauded when Ruben made the announcement.

What They Are Saying

“The good news for the Phillies is that they were able to retain one of the premier pitchers in baseball,” Buster Olney, ESPN.com.

“I anything, the new deal sets up the Phillies better for the future,” Danny Knobler  CBSSports.com.

“The Phillies have a great recent history of their homegrown stars.  Howard, Utley, and Rollins all signed long-term deals,” Jon Heyman, CBSSports.com.

“In the end, this deal is a testament to a player’s love for his adopted city and original team,” Ken Rosenthal, FoxSports.com.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley lost, 3-2, to Norfolk, fifth loss in last 6 games. LHS Tom Cochran (5-4) took the loss, allowing 2 hits and 5 walks in 6 innings, all 3 runs.

Reading beat Altoona, 6-1, behind RHS Jonathan Pettibone (9-7), 1 run, 3 hits, 7 innings.  3B Cody Asche, 2 homers (4-5), 4 RBI.  Has hit 4 homers in last 5 games.

Clearwater lost, 9-6, at Dunedin. RF Zach Collier, 3-5, RBI. C Brian Schneider, on rehab, had his second straight 2-hit game.

Lakewood pounded Hagerstown, 10-3. 1B Chris Duffy, 5 hits, including 10th homer. RF Kelly Dugan, double, 9th homer, RBI. RHS Colin Kleven (5-7) won.  RHR Kenny Giles, 4 strikeouts, 2 innings, giving him 11 strikeouts in last 5 innings.  Kleven leads club with 86 strikeouts; Giles, a reliever, is second with 80.

Williamsport lost its third in a row, 3-1, at Lowell.  1B Cameron Perkins, 3-4, 2 doubles. C Logan Moore, 2-4, after a 2-3 game on Tuesday.

Gulf Coast League Phillies were blanked by the Braves, 2-0. SS Angelo Mora, 2-4, 11th steal.

A Reminder

For news, notes and photos about Phillies Alumni, visit www.phillies.com/alumni.

INF David Doster (1995, 1999) and his family visited Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday.   Tonight, he’s being inducted into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame before the Reading Phillies game.

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