Long Ball Time
The long ball and quality pitching was the formula as the Phillies edged the Nationals, 3-2 last night.
J-Roll went deep twice and newcomer Nate followed Jimmy’s second homer with his first dinger with the Phillies. For what it’s worth, Schierholtz is the second player in Phillies history named Nate. The other was Nate Robertson, a pitcher in 2010. Sure you can sleep better tonight knowing that.
Vance gave up a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and that was it. He threw 86 pitches in seven innings, the first time since June 21 he went that far in the game. What is strange, he had no strikeouts. Four relievers kept the Nats off the scoreboard in the final two innings.
So, the Phillies are now 7-41 when scoring three or fewer runs.
Wonder when was the last time the Phillies won a 3-2 game hitting three solo homers. If anybody knows, speak up.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley edged Pawtucket, 3-2, on SS Andres Blanco’s walk-off solo home run. LH Joe Savery picked up his first win in his first game back at AAA. Reading C Sebastian and 2B Cesar Hernandez have been promoted to LV.
Reading won its seventh straight, 7-4, at Richmond. Newcomer C Tommy Joseph, playing his first game since Tuesday’s trade, was 3-5 with and RBI. LF Leandro Castro also had 3 hits and drove in 3. RHS Austin Hyatt (6-3) got the win.
Clearwater ended a 3-game losing streak by beating St. Lucie, 7-4, behind LHS Jesse Biddle (7-4), 0 runs, 7 innings, 9 strikeouts.
Lakewood lost, 6-5, at Delmarva. RHR Luis Paulino (4-2) was tagged with 3 runs (2 earned) in 2 innings.
Williamsport ended a 4-game losing streak with a 7-6 decision vs. Aberdeen, scoring 2 in the last of the 9th. Winning run scored on an error. 2B Tyler Green, 3-4, including a double. SS Roman Quinn, 7th triple that started the rally. Stole his club-high 15th base.
Gulf Coast League Phillies won their fourth straight, 6-3 over the Blue Jays. 3B Zach Green, 2 homers, 3 RBI. C Willians Astudillo, 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Going Green: There’s Tyler and Larry at Williamsport and Zach with the GCL Phillies.
August 2, 1919: 1B Fred Luderus plays in his 479th consecutive game for the Phillies, breaking the Major League Baseball record held by Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox. The streak began on June 2, 1916 and ended after 533 games with the 1920 season opener.
August 2, 1970: 2B Tony Taylor hits an ultimate grand slam (trailing by three runs in the last inning) to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over San Francisco at Connie Mack Stadium.
August 2, 1986: Phillies set a club record with five triples in beating the Chicago Cubs at the Vet, 12-2, on a Saturday afternoon NBC telecast. LF Gary Redus has two; one each for C John Russell, SS Steve Jeltz and 2B Juan Samuel.
Don’t forget, more Phlashback moments can be found on www.phillies.com/alumni.