One Streak Ends
Everything has an ending, except promises by politicians.
The longest sellout streak in NL history ended last night, 257 regular-season games since 7/7/09. During the incredible streak, the Phillies averaged an amazing 45,082. That’s a real tribute to passionate Phillies fans. So, thanks, thanks, thanks.
Only streaks longer are 772 by the current Red Sox (Fenway capacity 37,493) and 455 by Cleveland, 1995-2001.
One streak that hasn’t ended is the Braves’ spell over the Phillies. Atlanta made it seven in a row last night. Phillies haven’t beaten the Braves at Citizens Bank Park since 9/11/11. During the seven games, Atlanta has outscored the Phillies, 35-11. Braves also have fewer errors, 7-0.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley ended six straight games against Pawtucket with a 7-1 loss. Two home game and then four in the road. One of the strange schedule quirks. 2B Cesar Hernandez had half of LV’s 4 hits. Since his promotion to AAA, he’s hitting .333. Remember the name.
Reading and Clearwater were not scheduled.
Lakewood ended a 3-game losing streak by beating West Virginia, 8-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 3 hits, 4 RBI. Win went to 19-year-old Lino Martinez (6-5), who matched his career high set a year ago at Williamsport.
Williamsport lost its fourth in a row to Connecticut, 7-1. 19-year-old SS Roman Quinn, single, 5th double, league-leading ninth triple and an RBI.
Gulf Coast League Phillies dropped their third straight, 4-2, to the Braves. LV CF Derrick Mitchell, rehabbing in Clearwater, hit a home run. So, Atlanta defeated Philadelphia on the major league level and rookie league ball in the same day.
A Phillies tradition in which stars from the past return is right around the corner. It starts with a Thursday noon luncheon for Seniors and ends on Sunday afternoon, when Alumni will surprise fans several times. Check everything at www.phillies.com.alumni.