Out of the cellar

Weekend in review…………..

**By winning the series, the Phillies now have done that back-to-back which is good enough to get them out of the cellar.

**Shutout on Saturday night was the Phillies first at Citizens Bank Park since September 5, 2011.

**Doc’s win was his first since May 17.

**Cliff is winless in his last 10 starts at home.  But, back-to-back strong outings by Doc and Cliff bodes well for the future.

**Ryan’s walk-off single was the eighth of his career, most of anybody on the team.

**Five of the Phillies last six wins at home have come in their final at-bat.

**In this season of disbelief, yet another injury, Chooch, their most consistent player. The All-Star catcher could miss the rest of the season.

**Given an opportunity, Kratz has stepped up big time behind the plate.

**J-Roll moved into third place ahead of Larry Bowa for games played in Phillies history.  He trails only Richie Ashburn (1,794) and Mike Schmidt (2,404).  Sometime next week, Jimmy will pass Bowa for the most games played at shortstop in team history.

**Chase’s homer on Sunday was his 195th, tying former teammate Bobby Abreu for ninth place on the all-time list.  Dick Allen is eighth, 204.

Down On The Farm (weekend edition)

Lehigh Valley lost 2 of 3 at Pawtucket to fall from first to third, but only 1.5 games out.  RHS Jonathan Pettibone won his first AAA game on Saturday. C Sebastian hit his first AAA homer in same game.  Red Sox scored 2 in last of ninth on Sunday and won it in walk-off fashion as relievers Phillippe Aumont (blown save #3) and Jake Diekman (1-1) walked 6 batters in 1.2 innings.

Reading took 3 out of 4 form Binghamton.  1B-LF Darin Ruf hit 4 homers (19-20-21-22) out of 5 hits.  RHS Ethan Martin, acquired in the Victorino trade, made his Phillies debut, winning on Friday, 1 run, 6 innings, 6 strikeouts.  RHS Brody Colvin (1-0) won his first AA game Sunday, 2 runs, 1 hit, 6 innings.  Phillies are in third, 1 game out of second and a postseason berth. Clearwater was swept in a 3-game series in Lakeland.  Threshers are in fourth, 2.5 games out of first place in the second half.

Lakewood lost all 3 in West Virginia and was outscored, 19-5.  BlueClaws are in fourth place, 3 games behind in the second half.

Williamsport dropped all 3 to Connecticut, including a 6-5, 15-inning decision on Saturday.  Crosscutters are in sixth place.

Gulf Cost League Phillies lost 2 of 3 to the Tigers. RHS Shane Watson, the Phillies first selection in the June draft, made his pro debut on Friday, second game, 1 inning, 1 strikeout.  Phillies are in fourth place.

Phlashback

Del Ennis became the second Phillie to reach 1,000 RBI 57 years ago. Check out www.phillies.com/alumni for a vintage photo of Del and three teammates acknowledging that accomplishment.

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