KK Keeps Kooking
KK is on roll and pitching as well as anyone on the staff. He won another as the Phillies averted a sweep at home at the hands of the Mets.
New York had won five in a row at Citizens Bank Park matching a winning streak back at the Vet in 1972. The Mets finished 7-2 in Philly this season. They have only five other road wins in eastern division cities.
KK’s given up four runs in winning four in a row. In 29.1 innings, he’s fanned 22. His pitch count was outstanding, 83 pitches, 63 for strikes. Those kinds of numbers are usually turned in by Doc or Cliff.
KK had to be stingy because the offense couldn’t break open a tight game. They left 12 men on base and were 2-12 with runners in scoring position.
Howard had an unusual series. He had just one hit but drove in six runs. Four came on that one hit, a grand slam in his first at-bat on Friday.
Phillies took a Delta charter flight to Atlanta. The Braves are in the hunt for the postseason, the same scenario as a year ago. The Phillies faced the Braves six times last September and won all six. Friday starts six games against them in the final month.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley was held to 3 hits in losing, 5-0, to SWB.
Reading edged Binghamton, 7-6, as LF Darin Ruf hit his 38th homer and drove in 4 (102); .321 average is .001 point behind the EL leader in a bid for a Triple Crown. 38 homers break Ryan Howard’s 2004 Reading Phillies record of 37. RHS Austin Hyatt (8-5) was the winner with 24th save for RHR Justin Friend. Reading closes out the regular season with 4 games in Portland, ME, starting Friday night.
Clearwater beat Dunedin, 4-2, with RHS Perci Garner (7-9) getting his second straight win. RHR Michael Nesseth, 8th save. 1B Jim Murphy, 38th double, 2 RBI (84).
Lakewood bowed, 6-4, at Delmarva. OF Aaron Altherr, 8th homer, 2 RBI. 3B Maikel Franco, 30th double, 82nd RBI. BlueClaws hosts Greensboro in the final four games starting Friday night.
Williamsport was whipped by Batavia, 10-2. 6 games remain on the schedule.
August 31, 1979: Farm director Dallas Green replaces Danny Ozark as the Phillies manager. Ozark finishes with a 594-510 record for six-plus seasons.
August 30 would have been the 68th birthday of Tug McGraw. Scott Palmer’s feature on Tugger now appears on www.phillies.com/alumni along with more phlashback memories as September rolls around.