Last night, Cole put an end to the seven-game losing streak against Atlanta. He blanked them on five singles. Last time the Phillies beat Atlanta was May 3, also a shutout, 4-0, by Joe-B.
Cole didn’t walk a batter, the third time this season a Phillies pitcher has tossed a shutout without issing a walk. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the first time the Phillies have had three different pitchers to that since 1972 when they had four, Steve Carlton, Woodie Fryman, Wayne Twitchell and Barry Lersch.
The Phillies offense produced three runs through four batters in their first inning and that was it. Final two runs came on Ryan’s 422-foot homer, #291 for his career. It was enough for Cole who dominated in throwing 11 pitches.
Phillies starting pitchers lead all major league staffs with 621 strikeouts in 711 innings, also tops among 30 clubs . . . On the other hand, Phillies hitters have the fewest, 712 . . . Wednesday is the Phillies best day of the week, 10-6. Saturday, the poorest, 5-13 . . . When the sellout streak ended on Monday, the Phillies had the largest crowd in the majors; only the Dodgers (55,000) had a bigger crowd Tuesday . . . Charlie needs four more wins to reach 700 with the Phillies . . . No game on Thursday followed by Alumni Weekend against the Cardinals.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley and Lakewood were not scheduled.
Reading dropped a 4-3 decision to first-place Trenton. Loser RHS Trevor May (8-10) allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings. C Tommy Joseph, 2-4.
Clearwater lost, 9-3, to Tampa, their fourth straight defeat. LHS Jesse Biddle (7-5) gave up 3 homers in 5.1 innings. RF Anthony Hewitt, double, 13th homer.
Williamsport ended a 4-game losing streak, 6-2, at Mahoning Valley. CF Kyle Hoppy, 1st pro homer; 2B Tyler Greene, 2nd homer. RHS Kevin Brady (1-1) won his first game in the pros, 0 earned runs, 5.2 innings.
Gulf Coast League Phillies ended a 3-game spin, 5-4, over the Braves in 10 innings. RF Dylan Cozens had walk-off RBI single with two out in the 10th. OF Jiandido Tromp, 4-5, double, triple.
August 8, 1903: Twelve fans die and 232 are injured when a balcony collapses at Philadelphia Park during a doubleheader against the Boston Braves. The accident forces the Phillies to play 16 games at the Philadelphia Athletics’ Columbia Park.
August 8, 1988: LF Phil Bradley enters the record book, well, sort of. He hits the first home run in the first night game ever at Wrigley Field. But, rain washes out the homer and a 3-1 Cubs lead in the fourth inning. After a delay of 2:10, the game is postponed.
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