Nats Avoid Sweep
Going into the series finale last night, the Phillies were primed for a sweep. In his last 12 starts against the Nationals, Cole was 8-1. Of the four no decisions, the Phillies were 3-1, meaning 11-1 vs. the Nats.
What happened? Three Washington pitchers stymied the Phillies bats, holding them to three hits in a shutout. Until the ninth, Washington retired 17 straight.
Since Cole signed his new contract extension, he’s 0-2 and the Phillies have scored one run.
While the Phillies took AMTRAK to return home, the Diamondbacks were nestled in their Philly hotel beds, having traveled from the west coast after Wednesday’s game.
The defending Western Division champs are the hottest team in that division (7-3, the only team in the division with a winning record in the last 10 games). They come to town with a .262 team average, which is third best; a 3.90 ERA, which ranks ninth and just 55 errors, fewest in the NL.
Back on April 23, the Phillies took two of three from them in Phoenix. A year ago in August at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies also took a pair.
Tonight starts a string of 19 home games in the next 26. Last time the Phillies were home, they won their last four all in their last at-bats. That’s the good news.
The not so good news, the Phillies are 15-35 on the weekend, having been swept in a three-game series four times, including last weekend in Atlanta.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley beat Pawtucket, 2-1, behind RHS Tyler Cloyd (11-1). Win was his seventh in a row, a new LV record. RHR Justin DeFratus, second save. Making their AAA debuts, 2B Cesar Hernandez, 1-3; C Sebastian Valle, 1-4, a sixth-inning, two-run double. IronPigs are .001 behind first-place SWB.
Reading lost, 2-0, in Richmond, ending a 7-game winning streak. Phillies were held to 3 hits, one for C Tommy Joseph, 4-7 in his first 2 games since the trade with SF. Phillies are in third, .5 games out of a wildcard berth.
Clearwater beat St. Lucie, 5-2, on a 3-run homer in the eighth inning by 1B Jim Murray. RHR Hector Neris (4-1), 4 strikeouts in 2.2 scoreless innings, picked up the win. Threshers are in second place, 1.5 behind Tampa.
Lakewood coasted at Delmarva, 10-0. SS Tim Carver hit his first pro homer, a second-inning grand slam. 3B Maikel Franco, 3 hits, 2 RBI, giving him 65. BlueClaws are one of three times 1 game out of first place.
Williamsport edged Aberdeen, 6-5, in 10 innings. A two-out, bases-loaded walk forced in the winning run. SS Ramon Quinn, a triple and a stolen base for the second straight game.
Gulf Coast League Phillies beat the Blue Jays, 5-3. 3B Zach Green, 3 hits, 2 RBI and a steal. LH Franklyn Vargas (4-2) won, allowing 1 unearned run in 5 innings.
August 3, 1980: OF Chuck Klein, one of the greatest sluggers in Phillies history, is inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
August 4, 1934, 2nd game: RHP Reggie Grabowski gave up a club-record 11 hits (10 singles) in one inning, an 11-run ninth, in a 22-4 Phillies loss to the Cardinals at Baker Bowl. He also hit two batters.
August 4, 2006: 2B Chase Utley’s 35-game hitting streak (.405, 62-153) ends in 5-3 win against the Mets in Shea Stadium.
August 5, 1921: KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcasts the first major league game, an 8-5 Pirates win over the Phillies at Forbes Field. Harold Arlin is the play-by-play announcer. His grandson, Steve, is the Phillies’ first-round selection in June, 1966, secondary phase.
August 5, 1977: Seven-run eighth lifts the Phillies to an 8-3 win over visiting Los Angeles and into first place for the first time this season. Victory is manager Danny Ozark’s 400th.
More Phlasback moments can be found on www.phillies.com/alumni.